Okay. I have tried to explain my thought process and actions in all of this to a few people but it seems obvious to me now I need to explain it to everyone.
On November 9, I posted the ruling in the thread of the clan war. At the bottom of that post I said:
As per the rules of the cup. TOFU will forfeit all 21 games listed above as far as the Conqueror's Cup is concerned. According to my count, this makes the official score of this challenge currently 12-36 in KoRT's favor with 12 games outstanding. KoRT will advance to the finals where they will face off with THOTA.
Here, I made a ruling. I did not ask for KoRT to make any decision or say anything about it. So many of you have said "chuck should of never allowed a decision to be made." I did not say anything, I made a ruling. Since then I have never stated in ANY POST that KoRT needs to make a decision. I stated that the games will be forfeited and KoRT will move on according to the rules. The community as a whole as well as TOFU since then have asked for KoRT to make a decision in the threads, but as far as I am concerned, they had no obligation to make any decision whatsoever.
For a while a lot of people mentioned in the thread that "rules can be bent." I made one post related to that stating:
To those that say the rules can be bent. I agree, the rules can be bent if all that are involved in the matter agree for them to be bent. Right now, the only people that are involved in the matter are TOFU and KoRT and in a very small sense, myself (to uphold the integrity of the tournament). I don't see anyway I can direct anyone to bend the rules without their agreement.
My opinion on this whole matter is not important whatsoever. I am not saying I like the way it is going down but I am not saying KoRT is wrong in letting it go down this way. The bottom line is, the rule was violated and if no other agreement is reached then I must default back to the way the rule was written and agreed upon before the tournament ever started.
Some of you have misconstrued this message from me as stating that KoRT needs to make a decision on it, not me. No where in that message did I say KoRT has to do anything. I made my ruling and unless I heard of an "agreement" reached by everyone involved then I was sticking to my ruling. The only reason I made this post was to clarify to those of you that said the rules could be bent what could be done about the rules. Some think I should not have even allowed an "agreement" to be reached and just stated that no matter what KoRT and TOFU said, the rule will be upheld. Well, I know many of you know this but I think it is important everyone does why I was saying this was okay. Throughout this entire tournament I have told all battles that they could make rules of their own for their own battle as long as both clans agree. I did this because all clan war challenges are usually created where both clans agree to settings, if there are settings that differ and both clans like then I have no problem with it as long as they both agree that the outcome from that war and those settings is going to be the result used for the Conqueror's Cup. As an example of this LoW and O&H had agreed to not enforce the exact rule that has been violated for their battle because O&H were struggling after they had recently split. Empire tried to negotiate a 60 game battle with KoRT instead of 40 although KoRT ultimately rejected this offer. Other battles had discussed getting rid of the 1v1 series and doing other games instead although this never happened I don't think. So my quote above was strictly there to say what could happen, but I in no way was stating that KoRT had any decision to make or needed to engage in an agreement with TOFU whatsoever. As far as I was concerned, the ruling was made, I had heard nothing from KoRT/TOFU jointly and KoRT was/is the winners of the batttle.
Now, even more of you, some of whom I consider good friends on this site, in public and in my private messages, have told me that I should intervene and change the rule and make the battle finish. I think that statement is absolutely ridiculous. If it was unanimous across the board then I would be all for changing a rule, but obviously from posts read, it is not unanimous that everyone thinks that rule should be changed. It is obvious that more people think the rule needs to be changed than those that don't, but the most important fact that remains is the tournament and all battles were started with that rule intact so those that think the rule should be upheld are the only ones that have any ground to stand on because they are the ones following the rule. I, as the tournament director, can only follow the rules of the tournament to make it absolutely fair to all involved unless everyone involved agrees to do something else.
I think the most important series of posts that pertain to this event are right here.
Chariot of Fire wrote:- what happens if a clan is in breach of any of the rules re map & player quotas?
it's better to get these things sorted before we start than to argue over them should any such eventuality arise during the competition.
I have already answered the question about the player quotas in the first post. If a player exceeds the quotas, then their clan will forfeit ALL games that player participated in that clan war. This is a big rule. It will be nearly impossible to win for a clan that does this so DON'T break the rule!