DreamHack had issued an official statement on the delay by Immortals. And according to their statement, the DreamHack team reminded Immortals of their match timings multiple times before the game was about to start.
After failing to report on time and even during the special extension of 15 minutes, the organizers took a step ahead and ruled out the first map results as a forfeit win to North.
DreamHack took the matter to Facebook and announced the decision they ruled out in favor of Team North. Interestingly, if you are wondering if they were lost in traffic or stuck somewhere in the local routes, this is not the case. Perhaps, the teams were staying in the same hotel where the venue is located. Which ofcourse, doesn’t justify the delay.
DreamHack’s official statement read:
“The grand final of DreamHack ASTRO Open in Montreal was scheduled to start at 3:30PM local time, following the conclusion of the second semi final between North and Cloud9. The time was set with a one hour interval, from the second semi final concluding to the start of the grand final.
“Following the first semi final, in which Immortals won against CLG, the team was informed that the grand final would be scheduled to start one hour after the second semi final had concluded, as a part of the accelerated scheduled which the entire tournament has been running on, communicated to all attending teams ahead of time.
“During the second semi final, Immortals was once more informed about the start time of the grand final, as this match was nearing its end. Once the semi final concluded, Immortals were informed that they should now setup on stage for the final. At 3:05PM, Immortals had only two of its players present and ready.
“Immortals was informed that if they were not ready by 3:45PM – 15 minutes after scheduled start time – then they would forfeit the first map, in accordance with our rulebook.
“Immortals were not ready by 3:45PM and as a result forfeited the first map against North. Immortals were given an additional 15 minutes to be ready, otherwise they were subject to forfeit the entire match, as per our rulebook. Per 3:56PM the match was live.
“Thanks for the audience on site in Montreal and viewers at home for tuning in for another DreamHack ASTRO Open event, we continue in Denver on October 20-22. For more information about our Denver event go here.”