Originally Posted by iRoNiQ
What you are missing here is that most everyone acknowledges the fact that there was a "stupid rule" which was broken by Damage. What they are saying is not that Damage was not in the wrong but instead the entire episode was a sad attempt by Vicious to gain as much of a competitive advantage as they could against a superior opponent. Which, as it appears at face value, is a valid claim.
Gain a competitive advantage by insisting that their opponent abide by the same rule that they must? Rethink that statement please.
I understand how it looks when a team wins a point/match in paintball because of a gun penalty, cursing, dead player talking etc. But at the Pro level especially, it can be a decisive advantage to not be held accountable for a rule while the other team is following it.
How could this specific rule be an advantage? Off the top of my head, the coach who has heard everything that the other team's coaches have been talking/observing/strategizing about on the sideline, could easily go into the pits and relay that information to the team away from the earshot of their opponents, also giving them more time to plan how they will react to the info. There is quite a bit of useful info teams could utilize from what is said and seen from the sideline.
But even leaving that aside, I imagine that some thought went into why that rule exists to begin with. And if one team is following it and another is not, there is room left for competitive advantages to be found. At the pro level, I don't see it very difficult for teams to think of creative ways to cheat the system.
I wasn't there, so I am only going off of what I have read about it. A rule was broken, consequences resulted. Same thing happens all the time when teams are caught using banned paint, a live player touches another live player after everyone else is already dead, a dead player makes a comment after the other team is already shot out, etc. Follow the rules, nothing to worry about. Don't like the rule, lobby to change it.