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We're back with a team of far better looking administrators and a couple of tweaks to the rules. There were a couple of issues with last years tournament that we're going to address further on in this post and that we've all learnt from. Notable changes are our new draft of administrators, ID linked server admin powers and a tweak of the behavioural rules. Commencing from the 1st of January each nation will able to officially pick its captain and embark on the road of training to be the Nations Cup Champions. A sign-ups thread will be open in due course. We're looking forward to seeing how our new way of running things turns out and we sincerely hope that you all enjoy the tournament experience.
Any disputes over captaincy should be settled internally, or if this is not possible a captain will be chosen by the admin team. Captains do not need to be the best player, the team's leader or such, their role is strictly administrative: picking the team; organising the team; arranging matches and handling disputes. This requires an active, sensible and ideally, well connected member. Once a captain has been selected, they may start a recruitment and information thread for their nation in the appropriate sub-forum, where people may apply to join the team. It is up to each nation how they recruit and whilst admins can be used to settle disputes; it would be preferable if each nation was able to deal with problems internally.
The administration team has carefully considered the arguments for and against a punishment for the players involved in cheating in last year's NC (details of the cheating can be found here).
The decision is that both R1ch and Grifon will be banned from play for 2 matches from their respective teams.
The Administration has decided that as the cheating was proved only at the end of the tournament there was no time last year for a suitable punishment to be applied, that some sanction is applicable to convey that cheating is a serious offence, that only the principal participants in the cheating should have a sanction apply to them, that the sanction should, in this case, be relatively mild and in no way provide a precedent for the severity of future sanctions.
Below is the provisional rule set. Some rules are still in discussion but rules will be confirmed before the start of the tournament. Rules that are currently in discussion are the map pool, nations cup system, tiebreaker map, and roster substitutions (2.