Under one official Mortal Kombat 11 Pro competition Tournament On January 16, finalist Titaniumtigerzz was disqualified after jokingly calling developer NetherRealm Studios by labeling his Sheeva variant – a personalized set showing a custom name to opponents – as “WhyDidNRSdoThis.”
The disqualification was a difficult moment for the current. When official broadcast cut off from the top 8 match after just a few minutes, commentators Housam “Mitsuownes” Cherif and Miguel “Darth Arma” Perez came to grope for words to explain what happened.
“Unfortunately, it seems we have a small problem here, and some are … we have a situation,” Perez told viewers as he and his partner appeared to be listening to manufacturers on their headphones. “I do not know what we can say in public, but we definitely have a situation here.”
Shortly afterwards, Perez said that the opponent of Titaniumtigerzz would recover despite the fact that the match was not officially decided. No reason was given, but Perez continued to remind everyone to “abide by the rules … everyone must be respectful”, suggesting that was why Titanium Tiger Tiger was disqualified without coming out and saying so. NetherRealm Studios and parent company WB Games have not responded Kotakucomment requests.
The variation name, Titaniumtigerzz said Kotaku, was to be a very mild critique of Sheeva’s forces.
“It was meant to be fun since the character I used in the first place is extremely simple,” Titaniumtigerzz explained to me via DM. The joke was: “Why should they make such a light character? “”
Sheeva has been a hot topic in competition Mortal Kombat 11 in the latter due to her Dragon Drop tribal attack. Titanium tigerzz says that the cover, which can not be blocked, can be used in just about any situation to put Sheeva in a more favorable position. It has become such a problem that top players have devoted entire videos to explaining how to knock out this one attack.
Titanium Tiger Tiger and his opponent were not told about the disqualification immediately and continued to play their off-stream for a few minutes. After being notified, he was reportedly left in the dark as to why he had been disqualified and not given the chance to rectify or challenge the situation. Titaniumtigerzz says that a tournament moderator has since told him that the decision had to do with his name.
“They banned me in the very first match where I used the name,” said Titaniumtigerzz. “No opportunity [to change the name] was given and no one reached out to me. I would have changed it immediately if I had the opportunity. ”
While official Pro Competition rules Not specifically mentioning this type of protest, the section on codes of conduct gives organizers the discretion to disqualify players for any reason.
Since the disqualification, hashtag #WhyDidNRSDoThis has spread through Mortal Kombat community on Twitter, and Titaniumtigerzz told Kotaku he has received a lot of support from other players who disagree with the decision. He also said problems with Mortal Kombat 11 and last week’s disqualification will not prevent him from playing in future tournaments.
“It’s the pro competition and I’m a competitive player,” Titaniumtigerzz explained. “I may hate how they do things, but at the end of the day it’s their game and I have no other options.”