Brief Rundown: ALL ST Qualifying pools were done…(Cole was DQed for not showing up for his match), then they made the 32 man semi-final bracket…then Cole decided to show up…more than an hour late…Re-did Cole’s pool which changed the structure of the Semi-final bracket…NICE!
This is not a personal attack on anyone, just the way the things worked out, I guess…maybe it was out of the control of the Evo Staff. But if someone is late more than an hour and the only excuse they can give is “I woke up late”, then they should not be allowed to continue and should be DQed…Now, in the case of Cole, I didn’t have a problem with him being allowed to continue, but he should have at least been given a loss. Definitely not fair to the players who were in his pool over and those who were already in the Semifinals and affected because they had to partially restructure the bracket. For the players that were on time and followed the schedule and waited patiently for their matches and made sure they woke up on time (regardless if they partied too much the night before) and acted responsibly, it is pretty much a slap in the face.
I do remember reading during the Orientation that the srk staff would “SHOW NO MERCY” regarding DQing players who were not present when their matches were called. And, I remember SRk staff saying “NO EXCEPTIONS” when they would warn people about reporting to their pool on time…I guess that didn’t apply to Cole…
I could understand DQing Cole would be a hard decision considering the past 2 years he’s won ST, but at least he could have received a loss or have had to play Daigo, just to get back into his pool or something, then try to qualify. Plus the fact his excuse was horrible. Originally, Wizard DQed Cole and he was sticking by his DQ of Cole, but the Cannons had the final say.
Regardless, the Cannons and the rest of the SRK staff did a good job running the tourney.