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Competitor disqualified from MK11 Pro Kompetition: North American League event because of custom variation name that poked fun at NRS

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 19, 2021 at 3:50 p.m. PST • Comments: 87

Over the weekend, the Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition: North American League - North America West Week 2 event concluded. One of the players that was able to work their way into the top 8 was Titaniumtigerzz. The tournament initially appeared to be running smoothly as Titaniumtigerzz competed against MCG|Krispifungus in the losers round 2 for a spot in the losers semi finals.

Without warning, the stream cut away from the gameplay and back to the commentators. It was then revealed to the viewers that the set was being put on hold until a problem could be addressed. In the moment, the commentators were unsure of what they could say until a public statement was issued.

Despite the fact that the score was 0-0 with one round apiece when the cut away occurred, we were told that Krispifungus would be advancing. One of the commentators then emphasized the importance of "abiding by the rules" with these type of events.

Eventually, it was outright stated that Titaniumtigerzz was being disqualified from the tournament. It was noted that it was "unfortunate" but "rules are rules."

Upon reaching out to Titaniumtigerzz regarding the matter, we learned that he was disqualified due to his variation name. At the time, Titaniumtigerzz was playing as Sheeva with the custom variation titled "WhyDidNRSdoThis." This particular variation had Dragon Stance, Queen's Punishment and Enhanced Dragon Drop equipped.

Of course, this wasn't the first time the player had appeared on the stream. He also used his "Brain off" variation for Sheeva that used Tremor, Enhanced Dragon Drop and Queen's Punishment, and also a "JacquiStilBetter" variation for Kotal Kahn that had Huehhueyi, Amocualli Totem and Grand Discus equipped.

It appeared that it was the "WhyDidNRSdoThis" variation that ultimately triggered the disqualification.

Titaniumtigerzz told us that he "saw no warning and most definitely didn't get any direct message" that would provide him with a chance to change his variation name. As the stream cut away, he "was kicked from the top 8 server before [he] could even check what they were saying."

We were also told that this initially started "as a ban for the whole series, [but it] was switched to a ban for just that event." Luckily for Titaniumtigerzz, this means that he'll be able to compete at future Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition weekly tournaments if he pleases.

Was there a particular reason why Titaniumtigerzz named his custom variation "WhyDidNRSdoThis"? Titaniumtigerzz informed us that he did it "just as a funny meme," and that there wasn't any disdain behind the naming of the variation.

Looking into the rules, it's not entirely clear what violation constituted the disqualification. One of the rules does mention that nicknames and aliases are forbidden if they "are nonsense," but this obviously leaves a lot to interpretation.

Of course, it's also noted that the tournament organizers "reserve the right to extend, change, exchange or delete these rules if necessary" and that the official rules are "are subject to change, as determined by Intersport in its sole discretion."

As one might imagine, this prompted the stream chat to continuously comment about the situation. Though it can't be seen in the Twitch archives, many users got banned for this. Evidence of this can be seen in the chat as some users commented on the number of people that were being banned.

Of course, it can obviously be argued that "spamming" does go against the code of conduct seen in the tournament's rules. Eventually though, the moderators stopped banning those in the chat.

We reached out to NetherRealm Studios to inquire about this matter, but we haven't heard back as of the time of writing this.

Here's a look at the match as the situation unfolded:

Sent in by: Jack_Wired and Groove_Heaven.

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