Originally Posted by Siri
Even if they didn't do that (which they should have, if this was the problem), just saying "we'll be introducing new balls in eliminations" and (if true) "these are from another manufacturer's batch and may behave differently" when they were asked. Transparency does wonders! Providing the opportunity to "check-out" a few balls from pit admit beforehand to test with would also have done wonders.
I agree about the transparency, but the issue then becomes what you can do about it. In some cases some designs are totally without issue (catapults) but others to increasing extents might not be all that compatible and now you have to race to compensate.
Still they could have announced it long before the competition itself and then the playing field is level.