It’s always interesting to hear the commentators remark at how teams earned their place at BlizzCon. It’s even more interesting when a certain member of Blizzard knows for sure one team in particular doesn’t deserve their place. In fact, it’s more interesting still when this member of staff abetted this team in acquiring a place.
Isn’t it nice to have friends in high places? And who better to serve as an example than Pookz.
Poor Pookz was having trouble getting into qualifying range as DK/Mage/Priest. Fortunately for him, Snutz, Toez and HR weren’t having an easy time of it either as WLS. A bit of jiggery-pokery on the last day of Season 9 provided a much needed distraction and suddenly both teams weren’t doing so badly.
Snutz and Toez, truly a courageous and honourable pair, decided to ditch HR. Well he wasn’t going to stand for this; he hacked their accounts, deleted their characters and got them banned. While the retaliation may seem brutal, the phrase “just deserts” does come to mind.
Luckily for those two, Pookz has a friend. His name is Tom “Kalgan” Chilton. You might be familiar with him. As the Lead Game Designer for World of Warcraft he certainly has a lot of sway.
Mr Chilton helps his friends out. He not only restored their characters with MMR and rating still intact, but he cloned them onto another account. With zero chance of qualifying without this intervention, some could say Mr Chilton is their knight in shining armour.
Unfortunately, the three of them still weren’t quite in qualifying range. It was no worry though because with a tiny bit of win trading anything is possible. In fact, it’s even speculated that Toez didn’t really fancy accepting a queue, so they achieved one of their many wins in a 2v3 scenario. I wonder how…
Rightfully an RLS should have had their place at the US Invitational, but Blizzard isn’t concerned about cheats and fair play. Indeed, Season 9 highlighted that fact. They were just glad they’d have the famous faces at the event.
It must be nice to have such contacts in the US. Indeed a series of top players in the US have had their accounts unbanned for activities such as using an Archaeology Bot. Kalimist though? Who’d unban him!
Fortunately, the team failed to capitalize on Kalgan’s corruption and ended up losing in the final to the Korean team, OMG.
Niko provided this interesting screenshot in the comments:
For those asking for a source, I’ll quote syeren in the comments:
“The players / teams / organizations who can provide proof are currently laying low, as it could prove detrimental to them depending on how Blizzard react.
The first I heard of this was the week following the US Regionals, where Yiska let me in on the whole drama.
The source is very valid, we just need the permission of the people providing the information to post up more information and names.”