Joseph, what I told you was off the record but not contradictory.
Astros, integrity is about being consistent, whether on or off the record. I respected your view "off the record" stating that you sympathised with our situation but that you would not argue our case publicly as it would be against your team's interest. I would assume this means being silent on the issue publicly, as opposed to fighting for something that you don't agree with.
I have been consistent. I believe that the OC initially handled this situation poorly but are now making it worse by doing back on their announcement after your team complained. If they did not understand the ramifications of their initial decision, then that further speaks to how big of a screw up this is.
I also think it is weak for you to repeat comments, that I stand by, but indicated were private in order to comment on my integrity.
Yes, I probably would have looked into giving an extension because you showed significant effort in trying to arrange the game. That said, it is not Team UK's responsibility to accommodate other players.
I disagree. I believe that it is our responsibility to find times that are mutually agreeable, even more so when I explicitly stated that I couldn't make the default time. There was no effort on your side to accommodate. It seems you would rather win at all costs than enjoy playing competitive games.
Two players, Balorion and you, were not able to play at the default time and that ultimately falls on your team and not ours.
Note that I'm the backup, so I don't think we had any other option. Again, it speaks to the desire to win at all costs.
RoW had two players who could have played this game. Since neither of those players could play at the default time or the six hours of slots that Ukboy provided, albeit poorly, it is not really Team UK's job to accommodate you further. However, as I stated on Saturday, I would not have objected to the OC announcing an extension prior to Sunday because you did make a significant effort to schedule the game.
I am not arguing that an extension is not best for the tournament. I am upset because the OC said that they would handle this incident in a specific manner if you were unavailable. When that came to pass, they initially followed through but then decided they did not like that outcome and changed it.
This is the only comment that you made that I think is reasonable. However, the TC may not have understood the whole context until we raised an issue after the fact. Regardless, I think they were acting in the best interests of sportsmanship and the tournament as a whole.
Again, I am not criticizing the extension but the fact that I foresaw this exact situation arising, took steps to prevent it and still have to deal with the OC bungling it.
A fair tournament committee cannot make rules and then change them mid-tournament because they dislike how things are playing out. Perhaps the initial ruling was poor, but changing it after the fact is patently unfair to Team UK. In my view, the only acceptable resolution is for the OC to restore the initial result.
If you want to be nitpicky about rules - firstly, the player never posted in the forum as required. Secondly, the reposted item did not include 3 valid timeslots. The fact that you insist on the previous resolution being reinstated shows that you don't care about sportsmanship.
As I said before, I don't care about the win, and you are welcome to take it since that seems to be your focus.
I made several attempts to get UKboy to provide slots and get the game played last week. What you may not be aware of is that UKboy rarely checks in on the forum and plays on his phone so I can only talk to him in game, therefore I have to spend a significant amount of my own time helping him arrange tournament games. However, I am going to be out of town this weekend and unable to help him, so this game likely becomes a loss for Team UK.
I will openly admit that winning is the most important thing to me in an online game. I will not cheat or act duplicitous in order to win, but you are correct that I would rather win a trophy than a sportsmanship award.