In the Classic Dueler’s Tournament, the first tournament of the game featuring an unprecedented $50,000 prize pool, two World of Warcraft Classic players were caught match-fixing.
Twitch streamer tipsoutbaby announced on October 1 that the Classic Dueler’s League would allow any player on the Faerlina server to compete in the $50,000 main event for a spot.
The league has been popular so far, drawing more than 20,000 spectators during weekly competitions with some of the best players playing in the tournament.
Two World of Warcraft Classic players became a success overnight, or so they thought.
The event’s rules are fairly straightforward, teams are split into groups and fight it out in 1v1 duels, with players moving on with the better win/loss ratio.
Everything seemed to go smoothly until October 22, when tips out posted a long Twitter message informing fans that two players-Tmugsy and Boomerr-had been involved in an “incident.”
“About 30 minutes into the duels of Group 5, what the CDL oversight committee has deemed to be a clear display of match-fixing has taken place,” he added, explaining how the two above-mentioned players have been found to be cheating and giving a few examples.
Match-fixing is generally considered a serious offence in Esports and players are often faced with bans on the offense, with this case being not very different.
The facts seemed to provide some pretty damning evidence, including questionable action in the game between the two players as well as a Twitch video of the two players talking during their duel.
Most players in the WoW Classic duke it out to see who is the best dueler in the series.
Tipsout instead stated that Tmugsy was prohibited to play as he was guilty of trying to lose his game. In the meantime, Boomerr was permitted to continue playing but instead would face another rival. Several fans claim the players made it easy because game players like Starcraft and CS: GO had players receive lifetime bans for a similar offence.
It’s uncertain if Boomerr would face further penalties as the administrators of the league simply found that there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute the athlete for match-fixing, but they will certainly keep a close eye on all the players and guarantee that something like that doesn’t happen again.
Each class of WoW Classic has an opportunity to prove that they are the best.
The remaining qualifiers for the Classic Dueler’s League will start with a few tie-breaker games on October 23, before taking a short break before relaunching for season one at the beginning of November.
A full schedule is not yet reported, but the organizers have announced that it is expected to last until the end of December when the best dueler of WoW Classic will be crowned by one player.