The 32 players will be split up into 8 groups of 4 players—Groups A through H. Each player will play a game against the other 3 players in his/her group. These games will be a straight Win-Loss-Draw. Each scenario will specify how victory points are earned, which will determine the victory conditions for that game. You will earn 3 points for a win, one point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. That’s right. A win is still a win, and it doesn’t matter if you squeak out a narrow win or waffle stomp your opponent.
Players will be randomly assigned to a group via a live draw once we have 32 paid players. The 32 players will be divided into 4 separate pots of 8 players. Pot 1 will consist of any players who qualified for the US Master’s tournament held in February, 2020, with any empty spots filled by the current top players in Master’s qualifying standings. The remaining 24 players will be split up into the remaining 3 pots, grouping these players either by geography (e.g. all Austin players in one pot), or by army (e.g. all elf/sylvan elf/twilight Kin armies into one pot) [exact method to be determined based on the sign-ups]. Starting with Pot 1, the first name drawn will be put into Group A, the second name drawn into Group B, etc. The same will then be done with the remaining 3 Pots. Ideally, the draw will take place sometime in June, but this may change based on the pace of sign-ups.
Because the draw is random to keep everyone on their proverbial toes, we unfortunately cannot allow challenges. That does NOT mean you cannot smack-talk once you know who your Group opponents are! In fact, this good-natured insult comedy/roasting is an art form in itself, and there may very likely be a prize for the best trash talk before the tournament. Get your creative juices flowing…this could be one for the ages.
After the Group Stage of games are complete, the top 2 players in each group of 4 (see tie-breakers below) will advance to the Masters Bracket, forming a 16-player, 3 game Swiss format tournament. Players in this bracket will be able to earn points towards qualifying for the US Masters tournament from the South Region. The bottom two players in each group will advance to the Padawan Bracket, forming a separate 16-player, 3-game Swiss format tournament. Your battle scores will reset after the group stage, and the bracket stage will be played using a 0-20 system for battle scores.
If two teams tie on points in the Group Stage, these ties will be broken in the following manner:
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