Blizzard outlines changes to the Summer Championship rules
New changes to the rulebook will allow coaches to communicate with their players during matches, and alters the residency requirement for eligible players.
In the recently released 2016 Summer Championship rules, Blizzard have made some big changes to the rules governing coaches communicating with their players during a match. In section 4.3 of the document, Blizzard outlined the 2016 changes:
Although they are now allowing more access for coaches, Blizzard will still only pay for ONE sixth team member-- either the coach or the team manager, but not both.
Blizzard also changed the Residency Requirements for eligibility, requiring players to reside in their participating country for one month prior to the tournament's first match, rather than the previously outlined 6 months.
The main player that comes to mind is Korean resident and former Stellar Lotus player, Wiz. #FreeWiz became popular after the disbandment of Stellar Lotus, as Wiz lives in Korea but plays on and is dedicated to the North American server. Wiz has been unable to play on a North American team due to the previous six month rule. Now that it has been changed to only one month there could be a chance for such a talented player to join a North American team.
The 2016 Summer Championship will be held from June 18th to June 20th, in Jönköping, Sweden, with a prize pool of $500,000 USD.
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