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The transition to running almost all fighting games tournaments online in the last year has brought with it quite a bit of growth pain that can lead to headaches and unfortunate situations, although this is probably every player̵
During an intensely close grand final set today at the Smash World Tour Oceania Online Qualifier, one of the players ended up being disqualified after a reset of the bracket due to internet problems.
FURY | RaZe fought to the winning side of major finals with his exceptional use of Dark Pit and Link, where he continued to face GG | Kinaji to decide everything.
Kinaji’s Snake quickly turned out to be a fairly literal minefield of explosions, but who saw them take the first two games up close thanks to some excellent grenade drops and bait around them.
However, this lead would wear off as RaZe began to adapt and force Kinaji to start coming to him after winning a share early in the remaining games.
Game five came down to the last stock where a double-smart ledge seal sealed the reset of the bracket for Kinaji, as they planted grenades in the recovery zone.
Congratulations to @ kinaji7 for winning the Oceania Ultimate Online Qualifier! # SWT2021 🏆 pic.twitter.com/A7bwwSiKP8
– Smash World Tour (@SmashWorldTour) March 21, 2021
RaZe reflected the explosives back to the working soldier, but Kinaji had already sent out a smash that came down at just the right time to end the set.
The next round of games wanted to start completely differently than before, when Kinaji beat Snake in favor of Shulk, but RaZe seemed to have control over just about everything.
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It was until the match froze, and it became clear that RaZe’s internet had gone down at the worst possible moment.
Organizers gave the player about 10 minutes to return to the lobby, but unfortunately they had to call it and end the tournament with disqualification – reportedly just when RaZe’s internet came back online.
My network died during big finals, and it came back seconds after I had already been DQd, I’m very sorry 🙁
– FURY | RaZe (@RaZe_SSB) March 21, 2021
He took to Twitter shortly after to understand his disappointment with the results understandably.
Kinaji joined the Twitch chat after DQ to say he felt he did not win, but RaZe congratulated the opponent and complimented his skill.
What is lucky in all this is that RaZe was already qualified to participate in offline regionals for Oceania, so his loss largely resulted in him getting a lower seed than Kinaji.
The aforementioned regional finals are where the Smash World Tour will begin to pay out with the world final offering a huge prize pool of $ 150,000.
As we continue to navigate the evolving path of running online events, problems like these will be inevitable, although something like this that happens in big finals will hopefully be extremely rare.