The 100 Thieves Valorant team has had its coach suspended for "unprofessional behaviour towards a Tournament Official", and the team has been fined $5000.
The sanctions come following the VCT Masters match against Immortals earlier this month. The match was delayed by an hour due to issues with player ping, which were caused by disagreements between the 100T and tournament officials over the level of ping in the match.
100T Valorant Team Fined, Coach Suspended Following VCT Masters Incident
The official ruling explains that “100 Thieves disagreed with the Tournament Official’s choice of servers."
"100 Thieves members entered the in-game shooting range in order to prevent Tournament Officials from initiating game start in the VALORANT client."
As for the alleged behaviour of the team's coach, Hector 'FrosT' Rosario, the ruling explains that he "joined a Discord voice channel to speak with the Tournament Official and attempt to argue for a change to the server decision."
"During this time, FrosT refused to accept the decision from the Tournament Official and treated the Tournament Official in an unprofessional manner.”
Allegedly, FrosT threatened to seek the support of the team's followers on social media.
“FrosT threatened to leverage players’ social media platforms against the Tournament Organizer and Riot Games as a response. A Riot Games employee entered the channel and reiterated the server decision, the rationale behind the decision, and the finality of the decision,” the report explains.
“100 Thieves players proceeded to leave the shooting range and allow Tournament Officials to begin the series, after a delay to the start of the game of approximately an hour.”
100T has responded with its own statement, and also released a video of the event.
In the statement, the team notes that FrosT told tournament staff that "if you DC us, you are in a bigger shitstorm than we are", which can also be seen on the accompanying video.
FrosT himself has also tweeted his account of events in a series of tweets, but Riot has again responded to suggestions he didn't make comments regarding the team's social media paltform.
“Three independent witnesses provided testimony that FrosT made a statement to this effect,” Riot's updated statement explains.
“When asked directly about it in an interview by Riot League Operations personnel, FrosT admitted that he made this statement.”
We'll be sure to update this developing story.