It is time to hold another online tournament.
We’ve been talking about it for awhile. I, like many of us, have been busy with other things. But this week with everything going on I got back out my camera and played a few games on Skype. It felt good. So like Kiramode organized a couple years ago, lets have a structured format for online games during these trying times!
Alternate formats have been what’s kept me interested in the game since it stopped being officially supported. After discussions with other Council members I’d like to use this tournament as an experiment of what the game feels like with a greatly reduced card pool. Think of it as Core 2.0.
Only official FFG cards
No replacement cards
No special affiliation cards
Only 10 pods per affiliation in the pool
This will let players enjoy the game without having to print out fan made cards, or feel the stale environment of 2018 worlds decks. The 10 pods per affiliation will be chosen to provide players with a decent resource base, mains and edge tricks. Most importantly: it’s an entirely new environment with the cards you already have.
Like the last Online Tournaments, this one will have a Group Round and then an Elimination Round. Players will be allocated to a Group to try to best accommodate player availability. Players within the Group are responsible for coordinating their match times, playing and reporting the games, before the end of the Group Round.
Group Round will last 1 week per match-up players need.
Decks can be changed during the Group Round. (It’s a new world)
Scoring: Like last time we did an online tournament, there is a tie-breaker system players will need to report on. A win is considered 12 points. DS gets points based off the Death Star Dial when they lose. Ex: losing with the dial at 10 results in 12 points for the LS player, 10 points fo the DS player. LS tie breaking points are based off objective progress. 4 points for each objective in the LS victory pile + 1 point for every 2 points of objective damage on the board, rounded down, the a maximum of +3. Ex 1: LS loses with 2 objectives destroyed and 3 damage on the board. LS gets 9 points. Ex2: LS loses with 1 objective destroyed and 2 objectives at 4 damage on the board and another at 3. LS gets 7 points. Yes, this does incentivize certain decks, we’ll just have to make our peace with that.
At the end of the Group Round the top 2 players in each Group will advance to the Elimination Round. If there is a tie, points will be examined, if there is a tie there, direct match up between those players will be examined, if that was a tie there will be a play in round.
Entering the the Elimination Rounds qualifying players will need to lock in their deck lists! Once all lists are provided they will be posted on Cardgamedb for all to see. This will let players plan their strategy and also let the rest of us watching place our bets!
Elimination Round will be single elimination best 3 of 5. Previous tournaments went too long trying to organize games with a double elimination. Single elimination best 3 of 5 should keep the momentum of the tournament while providing enough chances for your decks to perform.
In the first round the higher seeded player from their group will have the choice of what deck to play first. In all later rounds it will be decided by coin flip. Players will alternate playing LS/DS. If a 5th game is needed the player who has more points accumulated during the first 4 games of that one-on-one match up may decide which deck to play in the 5th game. So keep track of the dial and objective damage in these games too!
Hopefully we’ll have some really exciting games, maybe we can get a video of the final.
And the prize for all this: Community! Fame -the fortune. Fame minus the fortune…
A number of things I’m still going to need to figure out, but I think the format of the tournament is clear. Cardpool will be announced when Groups are published.
If you are interested please respond below by March 31 and include the times that would be best for you to play and your time zone. If you have questions please let me know!
Ex: MacRauri. Weekday 4pm-9pm. Weekend all day. CST.
EDIT: The Cardpool!