One of America's strongest Dragon Ball FighterZ players disqualified at SoCal Regionals after last minute bracket change

Tournament organizers currently working toward resolution

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 14, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. PDT

A bit of controversy has struck SoCal Regionals shortly after it kicked off this afternoon as one of the event's bigger names, Christopher "EG|NYChrisG" Gonzalez, was disqualified out of his Dragon Ball FighterZ pool.

This happened because Level Up, the organization behind SCR, changed the brackets after additional on-site emergency registration earlier this morning. Some competitors were moved at the last minute, and Gonzalez was switched from his 2 p.m. pool to a 12 p.m. pool.

The Evil Geniuses player tweeted out around 12:30 p.m. PST "WTF. They changed my DBFZ pool last second? I wont be there until 2 p.m. when I was supposed to play. Seriously WTF!!!!"

An upset ChrisG followed up his initial tweet on the matter with a picture of his bracket showing the disqualifications along with the caption, "GGs....... After practicing so hard for DBFZ I get screwed in the end. Welp there's always the bar."

Tournament organizer LU|Alex Valle responded to the Twitter thread, stating, "The issue here is we had online emergency registration and seeding/pool requests were still being finalized after we closed online registration at 10 p.m. Chris was affected [by the] change. I’m talking to Chris offline for a resolution."

The 12 p.m. bracket has already been completed. You can see how it played out (as well as ChrisG's disqualifications) by clicking the image here:

SCR DBFZ Bracket DQ image #1
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We reached out to Gonzalez for any further comments on the matter. He responded with the following:

"Apparently, it affected a few people. I'm just bummed out at the fact the last minute registration affected the rest of the brackets. Even in the case that I saw it and made it to my 12 p.m. pool it's still not fair to anyone since everything changes.

The 'what-ifs' change, the bracket changes, someone who could've made top 8 is now out the tournament. And in the case I could be let back in it'll ruin the integrity of the tournament since the person who made it out of my pool in winners and losers affects the bracket differently.

And whomever I beat to make it out of winners or losers of my other pool will affect the bracket differently. There's no win. Also the whole 'top player privilege' garbage will be tossed around. I talked to Valle. He apologized but at this point I'm just super unmotivated."

We also reached out to Level Up but have yet to get a response. They did tweet out at 1:17 p.m. the following statement on the matter: "Please make sure to check your #SCR2018 pool assignments to verify your schedule. We had some changes in pools due to online emergency registration last night."

SoCal Regionals is part of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour and is weighted as a Dragon Radar-status event.

Image credit: Karaface.

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