Esl One Cologne Rule Change

ESL enforces new roster substitution rules

ESL has recently announced changes in rules concerning the roster changes ahead of the upcoming ESL One Cologne 2016. The new rules are implemented following the controversy at MLG Columbus with professional player not being allowed to participate. One of the notable rule enforced is that once a team participates in the tournament they cannot change the roster until and unless the players has serious health issues. Following is the details of the rules released by ESL:

-Teams that play at a minor and qualify for the LAN qualifier have to maintain a majority lineup to keep the slot.

-Players that participated in a minor cannot change to any other team participating in the LAN qualifier or major in any capacity.

-Teams invited or qualified for the ESL One Cologne LAN qualifier have until Friday the 27th of May at 20:00 CEST to register their starting lineup as well as a sixth person who will be their coach/reserve player. This registration also counts for the major if the team qualifies - changes after the LAN qualifier are not possible Teams that have been invited to the LAN qualifier due to their previous placement at the recent major have to maintain a majority lineup to keep their slot Legend teams directly invited to ESL One Cologne have until Friday the 3rd of June at 20:00 CEST to register their starting lineup as well as a sixth person who will be their coach/reserve player. Changes after this deadline are not possible Legend teams that have been invited to ESL One Cologne due to their previous placement at the recent major have to maintain a majority lineup to keep their slot Teams invited or qualified for the ESL One Cologne LAN qualifier have until Friday the 27th of May at 20:00 CEST to register their starting lineup as well as a sixth person who will be their coach/reserve player. This registration also counts for the major if the team qualifies - changes after the LAN qualifier are not possible.

-Teams that have been invited to the LAN qualifier due to their previous placement at the recent major have to maintain a majority lineup to keep their slot.

-Legend teams directly invited to ESL One Cologne have until Friday the 3rd of June at 20:00 CEST to register their starting lineup as well as a sixth person who will be their coach/reserve player. Changes after this deadline are not possible.

-Legend teams that have been invited to ESL One Cologne due to their previous placement at the recent major have to maintain a majority lineup to keep their slot.

-At any time between registering a coach/reserve player and their first match at the major, a team may swap their coach/reserve player with any of their starting lineup players. After the start of their first match at the major there will be no more changes allowed to the lineup, with the only exception being in the case of injury or sickness. ESL can reject this request if no sufficient evidence can be provided. The replaced injured or sick player may not return to the lineup for the remainder of the tournament.

Source: HLTV

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