Three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players showed up late to a grand finals match on Sunday, leading to a decisive loss, and people are pointing their fingers in all sorts of directions.
Three members of Counter-Strike team Immortals — Lucas “Lucas1” Teles, Vito “KNG” Giuseppe, and Henrique “Hen1” Teles — did not show up on time to their grand finals match at DreamHack Montreal on Sunday, forfeiting the first best-of-three game to their opponent, North. In a statement, DreamHack said that it gave the players ample warning about the start time of the grand finals, which started nearly 30 minutes later than scheduled due to the players’ tardiness.
After the three missing players settled in, North took the next game and walked away with the $50,000 first-place prize.
There hasn’t been a clear explanation for why the three Immortals players didn’t arrive on time for the match, and some accusations from other players have sparked some drama in the Counter-Strike scene.
It started earlier in the day with Immortals’ semifinals match against Counter Logic Gaming (CLG). Immortals took the match 2-0, and then when three Immortals players didn’t show up on time for the finals, CLG’s head coach Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa accused unnamed Immortals players of spending the previous night partying, which would’ve led to them showing up late to the start of the semifinals match and the finals match.
A few minutes later, one of CLG’s players tweeted out his disappointment in the semifinals loss, accusing three unnamed Immortals players of being hungover.
Worst part is I lost to a team with 3 players who were hung over 😡
— Pujan Mehta (@FNScsgo) September 10, 2017
Lucas1, one of the Immortals players who ended up missing the first game of the grand finals, tweeted back at Pujan “FNS” Mehta asking if FNS’s tweet was a joke and pointing out that Immortals has beaten CLG 10 out their last 11 games.
Lucas1’s teammate KNG threw expletives at FNS, called him garbage and accused him of lying about Immortals.
You’re a shit wanting to show up with lies, I really do have you! garbage and liar, you owe us respect.
— Vito Giuseppe (@kngvito) September 10, 2017
FNS later tweeted that he was joking and didn’t know if the Immortals players were actually drinking the night before.
Lucas1 later took to Twitter to say that he and his teammates had jetlag and were resting, which led to them being late. He and KNG both said on Twitter that the team was not partying the night before, although KNG blamed the players’ tardiness on DreamHack staff not giving them the correct time to show up.
The third late player, Hen1, tweeted out that the team was just chilling in their rooms the night before, but the tweet has since been deleted.
Meanwhile, Immortals’ coach Rafael “Zakk” Fernandes blamed himself for the players’ failure to show up on time, according to DBLTAP, which reported on Twitter that Zakk was feeling sick and resting, so he didn’t get the Immortals players ready on time for the grand finals.
Someone replied to the tweet asking if that meant the three Immortals players needed a babysitter for every game, to which Zakk replied, “Some of them, yes.”
Some of them, yes.
— zakk (@IMTzakk) September 10, 2017
The DreamHack Montreal champions, North, were happy to win their first championship as a team but weren’t exactly proud of how they won it.
Not how we wanted to win that final. Takes away alot of the winning feeling 😢 nevertheless it’s our first title together as a team 💪
— valde (@Officialvalde) September 10, 2017
After all of this, Immortals will surely show up on time to matches at their next tournament. If not, the two players who made it on time might want to look into joining other teams.