It’s time to get behind our South African COD hopefuls By GavinMannionPosted on February 27, 20141 min read41 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr So we’ve been hammering on about the upcoming million dollar Call of Duty Championship in America. We recently held the local South African qualifiers and yes it all ended with drama but before we get into that let’s take a look at this awesome hype-me-up video.Okay so are you amped and ready to RUMBLEEE?Awesome let’s get back to the issues at hand which we wrote about previously here. If you have no idea I’d recommend reading that, but in a huge nutshell:One of our teams, RiZe, entered the qualifiers with 2 UK based players. Apparently these players are Call of Duty professionals in the UK but didn’t have a chance to qualify in their own country so they joined a South African team. Now let’s be clear, this is entirely within the rules as only two players need to be based in the region being competed for according to MLG rules. So they started the game and the way the hosting works is that each team gets an equal amount of chances to host and when it was Team RiZe’s turn to host they chose for their UK based players to host. Teams obviously complained and stated that it was unfair for the host to be outside of the region being contested.This was overruled by the in-game referee and RiZe went on to win the qualifiers.Official complaints were logged with the MLG and those complaints have now been responded to. The official response is that the original results stand as they didn’t break any of the MLG rules at the time.So now South Africa needs to get behind a team that is only 50% South African and whose top player is not local. And…I can’t do it. Hopefully I will be able to stomach it when it comes to them playing as Activision is doing an awesome thing here by giving these guys an opportunity – but right now, I’m less than impressed.