During the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast over the weekend there was a competition rule violation during a post-match interview, involving Blitzchung and two casters, which resulted in the removal of the matches VOD replay.
Upon further review we have found the action has violated the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition Rules section 6.1 (o) and is individual behavior which does not represent Blizzard or Hearthstone Esports. 6.1 (o) is found below.
經電競團隊進一步審視，此行為已違反2019《爐石戰記》大師職業賽官方賽事規章 (2019 HEARTHSTONE® GRANDMASTERS OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES v1.4) 第6.1 (o) 條，且為屬個人之行為，並不代表暴雪娛樂或《爐石戰記》電競團隊立場。詳細6.1 (o) 條內容如以下：
2019 HEARTHSTONE® GRANDMASTERS OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES v1.4 p.12, Section 6.1 (o)
Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard’s Website Terms.
2019《爐石戰記》大師職業賽官方賽事規章第1.4版 第12頁，第6.1 (o) 條
Grandmasters is the highest tier of Hearthstone Esports and we take tournament rule violations very seriously. After an investigation, we are taking the necessary actions to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future:
Effective immediately, Blitzchung is removed from Grandmasters and will receive no prizing for Grandmasters Season 2. Additionally, Blitzchung is ineligible to participate in Hearthstone esports for 12 months beginning from Oct 5th, 2019 and extending to Oct 5th, 2020. We will also immediately cease working with both casters.
We’d like to reemphasize tournament and player conduct within the Hearthstone esports community from both players and talent. While we stand by one’s right to express individual thoughts and opinions, players and other participants that elect to participate in our esports competitions must abide by the official competition rules.