Luminosity Gaming and SK Gaming have both been disqualified from Season 1 of ELEAGUE due to roster changes made by both organizations, league commissioner Min-Sik Ko announced on Twitter Wednesday.
SK Gaming acquired Luminosity Gaming's roster on July 1, after months of dispute regarding contracts that LG's former players signed in March. The former LG roster moved to SK Gaming, while SK dropped their roster, which now plays as Team X.
ELEAGUE's rules state that teams must have submitted a complete five-man roster with two substitutes by May 18. As Luminosity Gaming does not currently have five players to submit, and SK Gaming's five players are completely different from the five they submitted previously, both teams are thus disqualified from the league.
As LG, the SK Gaming roster finished in first place in Group A with a 9-1 record — the best record of any team in the group stage so far. As SK Gaming, Team X’s roster placed third in Group C, and were set to play against Virtus.pro in the first round of the Last Chance bracket. They have been replaced by Gambit Gaming.
SK's players took Twitter to express their frustration about the ruling. According to team manager Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia, the team were not informed beforehand about the ruling.
Cloud9 has been removed from the Last Chance qualifier bracket and were replaced by Renegades. C9 placed second in Group A, behind Luminosity, though it is not known what will happen to Luminosity Gaming's spot in the ELEAGUE playoffs.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to a tweet Min-Sik Ko made on May 30 that said ELEAGUE would not levy sanctions against either team. At the time, Ko was tweeting about a contract dispute between LG and SK; LG's roster did not announce they would move to SK until June 24, and they did not officially join until July 1.