KiLLa came into CWL Finals knowing that the open bracket tournament was his final chance to try and qualify for next month’s Champs.
He was picked up by a relatively new esports organization named Nfinite, along with several other veteran members of the competitive CoD community.
However, during their match-up against Freezin Clan on July 19, the team was announced to have been disqualified from the tournament for ending a match prematurely.
After a brief period of confusion, their exit from the Amateur Finals was confirmed by Nfinite in a post on Twitter.
— Nfinite (@Nfinite) July 19, 2019
One of the players on the squad, Eric ‘TwiZz’ Servello, explained that KiLLa was having technical issues with his gaming setup, which caused his monitor to be stuck on a blue screen.
At that point, the team decided to end the match without consulting the referee beforehand, which is actually a violation of tournament rules and a forced disqualification.
According to TwiZz, who put out an emotional post on Twitter, the ruling was enforced despite that fact that they were winning the second map Search & Destroy 5-4 when the technical issue occurred, and had scorestreaks available for use.
“This was the most trash thing I have ever seen,” he tweeted. “We were just up 5-4 in the SnD with streaks and KiLLa blue-screened, so we ended the game and got forfeited. That’s how our tournament ended.
That was the most trash thing I have ever seen. We were just up 5-4 in the SnD with streaks and Killa blue screen so we ended the game and got forfeited. That’s how our tournament ended…
— Easy E (@Twizz) July 19, 2019
The ruling was met with heavily negative feedback from competitive CoD fans, who did not appreciate the fact that a legendary player like KiLLa was disqualified due to a technicality.
Many expressed their discontent on Twitter, with the longtime pro himself chiming in with a few sharp words of his own.
Trash ass tournaments I’m mind blown
— Adam "KiLLa" Sloss (@KiLLa_Sloss) July 19, 2019
The disqualification means that KiLLa will not be competing at next month’s CWL Championship, the third year in a row that he will have missed the biggest tournament in CoD esports.
With him certainly being on the back end of his illustrious career, the opportunities for him to compete in the grand tournament that he won back in 2013 are getting far and few between.