EVO Rules Changes Now Allow Coaching, Even in Final 8

There is now also a severe penalty for unauthorized people being on stage, which can include arrest.

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EVO 2017 is in the books, but the work of an EVO official is never done, especially when it comes to rules. Just ask EVO boss Joey Cuellar, who just tweeted out some new changes for EVO-sanctioned events going forward.

The biggest change is that coaching will now be allowed throughout the tournament, not just limited to pre-final 8 matches. In addition, the tournament now puts a hefty penalty on any unauthorized players being on stage at any time, with violators ejected and subject to arrest at the discretion of tournament officials. This rule covers coaches. Finally, the time between rounds has been cut from a minute to 30 seconds.

To put this in perspective, with coaches not allowed on stage, they are limited to "coaching" only in the 30 seconds between rounds. But a potential problem arises in the broadcast stage aspect of the tournament. Players can be requested to compete on stage, but they are not obligated to do so. That means that players with coaches could compete in non-broadcast matches off stage up until the final 8, just to stay close to their coach. Streams could then become rather boring if there were too many high-profile competitors who chose not to be in broadcast matches, a possibility mentioned by EVO 2017 Super Smash Bros. Melee champion Adam “Armada” Lindgren.

The change has caused quite a stir in the competitive fighting community, especially since not everyone can afford a coach, and Cueller has not posted anything more related to the rules to alleviate any of the concern. EVO tends to be the leader that other competitions look to when it comes to rules, so getting these to a point where everyone is comfortable that the EVO rules will continue to maintain a level playing field will be paramount before EVO 2018 happens next year.

 

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    August 7, 2017 10:45 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, EVO Rules Changes Now Allow Coaching, Even in Final 8

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      August 7, 2017 11:18 AM

      I think it makes sense between rounds. You want to get the best you can out of your guys at the top.

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      August 7, 2017 11:25 AM

      Not everyone could afford a coach? Who is paying for help in this arena?

      With fighting games I thought most "coaching" during events like these was from friends and training partners, who may have advice on their style of play (what they are or aren't doing under pressure) as well as tips on their opponent or the specific matchup. I might be out of touch if sort of thing is now actually a paid gig.