ESL Reveals Self-Elimination Rule For Future IEM CSGO Events to Immediate Backlash

Liana Ruppert,

November 4, 2019 3:02 AM

It's a new week, which means new rules, and the latest changes announced by the ESL has the community buzzing regarding future Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be one of the most passionate esports communities active today. With the ESL being one of the biggest tournament organizers for this game and its impressive esports value, anything they do - or change - will be under high scrutiny. The latest in rule changes is shaking things up in a way that many players aren't happy about and that backlash was almost immediate. 

The ESL announced the latest round of rule changes earlier today, stating "A player is not allowed to intentionally cause self-elimination of their player character. This includes using the /kill command or using map features to deny kills to the opposing team." 

To further their new rule, they highlighted the map Vertigo as an example, citing that jumping off of the map is a clear violation of the new rule. The Vertigo map was one of the first areas to enter the competitive Counter-Strike scene and it's a really easy map to fall off of. In conjunction with this being used as an example, the Vertigo map is also replacing Cache. 

Though the rule change was only just revealed, it didn't take players long to chime in with their displeasure. The CS:GO Reddit boards and responding Twitter thread was filled with angered fans stating that this move removes tactical strategy while also faulting players for things like failed jumps that may be out of their control. 

"I get that it can be frustrating for the enemy team, but "tactical deaths" are tactical for a reason," said Reddit user 'Chrille231'. "It adds a layer of complexity, and it can be really difficult to tell when you should suicide rather than attempt to finish the round. How will suicides even be determined? If someone jumps off in vertigo, sure. But what if you fail the runboost from T spawn to B stairs? And what if you fail the jump from CT spawn to B around the wall? Those are "jumping off" in vertigo. You had no intention of suiciding, but you did just kill your character. It seems like a vague rule with many loopholes and poor planning."

Others simply called the change "unnecessary" while calling for a revision in the new rule. At this time, the ESL has not responded to complaints about the newly released rule set, though with IEM Beijing taking place from November 7-10, if something were to change it needs to change now. 

What do you think about the ESL's stance on "suiciding" in the competitive world of CS:GO? Too harsh? Uncessesarry? Or a step in the right direction? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below to tell us what you think about the evolving competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rules. 


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