Riot’s Anti-Cheat detected prohibited usage by an EQ player in an official match. The IGL initially announced they will contest the ruling, but later, players have announced their departure from the team.

Riot Games has disqualified EQ Cerise from the VCT Game Changers Series 2 open qualifiers following the detection of a prohibited third-party tool by one of the players. CLG Red now advance in the lower bracket of VCT Game Changers even as Valorant fans await further information on this ruling.

After Saturday’s VCT Game Changers Open Qualifier between EQ Cerise and CLG Red, Riot’s Anti-Cheat team identified a positive case of prohibited third party tool usage by a player on EQ. Therefore, EQ is disqualified, and CLG Red will be advanced in the tournament. Further details will be provided following additional investigation.

Further information will be available following Riot’s investigation. The announcement does not name any player, but it is most likely an automatic third-party tool usage detection by Riot’s anti-cheat software. 

EQ Cerise players deny wrongdoing

Following the official ruling, EQ Cerise IGL Amber denied any wrongdoings by their players. 

She said the player in question was bottom-fragging that map and they would have won the map anyways. 

In a subsequent tweet, she also confirmed they will fight the ruling. 

We are currently working on fighting this ruling. It is extremely unfair considering all the evidence.

CLG Red advance in VCT Game Changers Series 3

The VCT Game Changers lower bracket. EQ Cerise won 2-1 vs CLG Red but have been disqualified from the event. Screengrab via <a href="https://www.vlr.gg/event/803/champions-tour-game-changers-series-iii-north-america/closed-qualifier" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">vlr.gg.</a>
The VCT Game Changers lower bracket. EQ Cerise won 2-1 vs CLG Red but have been disqualified from the event. Screengrab via vlr.gg.

Following Riot's competitive ruling, CLG Red will now advance in the VCT Game Changers Series 3 touranment. They will face Gen.G Black in their next lower bracket match. The loser of this match faces elimination from the tournament.

At the time of writing, four teams - Cloud9 White, Misfits Black, Complexity GX3 and TSM X have qualified for the main event. The main event starts on the 12th of October and continues for five days with a double-elimination bracket.

Players leave EQ Cerise

Shortly after the IGL revealed they will be fighting the ruling, multiple players have announced they are leaving the org.

EQ Cerise player, Future announced her departure from the team. She also said she takes responsibility for her toxic tweets. Screengrab via <a href="https://twitter.com/Fuhtr_/status/1578991844565712896" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Twitter</a>.
EQ Cerise player, Future announced her departure from the team. She also said she takes responsibility for her toxic tweets. Screengrab via Twitter.
Yeji announced she will leave the team. Screengrab via <a href="https://twitter.com/ItzJessycuh/status/1578999574676779011" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Twitter</a>.
Yeji announced she will leave the team. Screengrab via Twitter.

The VCT Game Changers Series 3 is currently underway and the best teams will earn their spot in Champs later this yuear. The VCT Game Changers Championship takes place over six days from November 15-20. It will feature eight teams from the following regions:

  • Two teams from NA
  • 1 from Brazil
  • 1 from LATAM
  • Two teams from EMEA
  • One team from East Asia
  • One team from APAC Elite tournament

Meanwhile, DRX have announced their first women player after signing Dori for VCT Game Changers.

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