Having a CDN could fix other non-saturation based issues as (insert random ISP) is less likely to have issues communicating with the nearest cloudflare server than a single dedicated server in germany.
I think this issue is actually quite a large problem. I somewhat regularly get PMs from users with (allegedly) fast internet that are running into extremely slow downloads trying to download coop/mods outside of patching periods. I have no idea how often this is actually due to the server's bandwidth being saturated, but I suspect it is somewhat often. Considering that the percentage of people who will message a mod (and me specifically) about an issue is typically an extraordinarily small percentage of people who experience this issue, this problem may be widespread outside of patching periods. (Someone with server analytic access can tell me if I'm totally off base if the bandwidth actually isn't saturated outside of patching periods)
We should also strive to provide the best user experience possible during patching periods. Creating a 1-2 day window where FAF is basically unusable for users outside of Europe every few months should be avoided if possible. We should not expect the average user to use some random mirror that no one knows about. If players can't play FAF, they go somewhere else and they might not come back. If we have someone willing to set up a CDN that costs $400/month to avoid this issue, we should do it, we can afford it. Will it eat into the the tournament budget? Yes, but ensuring the best possible UX is most important.
you guys really need to look at the balance first before bringing up those ideas
Hello and welcome to the Qualifier Tournament for the 2021 Fall Invitational. The winners of this tournament will fill up the remaining slots in the group stage as well as determine substitutes. Players who have received invites are not eligible to participate (a list of invites can be found here).
This is going to be a 1v1 Double Elimination bracket with BO3 games in the winners bracket and BO1 games in the losers bracket. The bracket will be seeded based on ladder rating. Each BO3 will consist of a 5x5, 10x10, and 20x20, played in that order.
There is no rating requirement or maximum number of signs ups for this tournament, the number of BO1s vs BO3s in the winners bracket will be adjusted to ensure a timely tournament.
All standard tournament rules apply. In the event of a tie in position occurs (ie 7-8th) which is needed to determine whether a player will advance to the group stage, a BO1 will be played to determine who advances. Signups will close 15 minutes before the start time.
Date: October 16th
Start Time: 14:00 UTC
Chat: /join #fall
Tournament Directors: Swkoll + TBD
In addition to qualifying for the group stage, 1st place will receive the summer qualifier champion avatar. If there are 10 accepted invites, the top 6 players from the qualifier will advance to the Group Stage with higher places receiving a higher group pick/seed.
To signup leave your faf name and ladder rating in a post below (or just msg me on faf).
Hello and welcome to the 2021 Fall Invitational Tournament. The 2nd annual Fall Invitational is a top level 1v1 tournament featuring a series of invited players and an open qualifier to find the top 16 players on FAF. For those who are not familiar, there will be series of invites sent out to previous tournament winners, and an open qualifier on October 16th to fill the remainder of the 16 slots. This is followed by a group stage on October 23rd where the top 8 players will advance to a single elimination playoff bracket on October 30th-31st whose winners will receive prizes and glory, including LoTS qualification points! (See here for details)
All tournaments will be casted on twitch.tv/faflive starting at 14:00 UTC.
Special maps such as crazyrush and hardffa will be put into their own category for the Group Stage and Playoffs rather than being considered normal 5x5s. The map pool in the Group Stage will be increased to 11 (from 10) maps to compensate. Morax's new faction vetoing tool may be used for the group stage and playoffs.
Would you like to contribute to the prize pool?
You can donate via Paypal to support this tournament and receive a fancy avatar!
• 1st: $200, Fall Invitational Champion Avatar, 20 LotS points
• 2nd: $100, 15 LotS points
• 3rd: $90, 12 LotS points
• 4th: $50, 10 LotS points
• 5th-8th: $15, 6 LotS points
• 9-16th: 2 LotS points
$350 - FAF funds
$150 – Swkoll
October 15, 2021 - Deadline to accept invites
October 16, 2021 - Open Qualifier
October 23, 2021 - Group Stage
October 30-31, 2021 - Playoffs
All events will start at 14:00 UTC.
This is an open qualifier, all players who have not received invites are welcome to participate. It will be a double elimination tournament with BO1s and BO3s in the winner's bracket and BO1s in the loser's bracket. Maps will be selected by myself from a pool for each round. Players will be seeded by ladder rating at the time of signup.
The group stage:
This will consist of 4 groups of 4 players playing a round robin style tournament with the top 2 of each group advancing. Games will be BO3s. Groups will first be seeded by Invitational points, then the qualified players will get to pick their group. Maps will be chosen by players from a pool of 11 using a veto/pick system with 2 vetoes each, players will make alternating vetoes and picks with loser seed vetoing first and higher seed picking first. Faction veto will also be used.
This is a single elimination tournament with all BO5 matches expect for the championship match which will be BO7. Maps are chosen by players in a pick/veto system from a pool of 15 with 3 vetoes each, players will make alternating vetoes and picks. Players advancing from the group stage can submit one map to the finals bracket map pool (subject to Tournament Director veto). Faction veto will also be used. There first two rounds of the Playoffs will be played on Saturday and the 3rd place and championship match will be played on Sunday. The 3rd place match will start at 14:00 UTC and the championship match will follow it.
Invitational points have been updated with results of major tournaments since the Summer Invitational, all players have lost 25% (rounded up) of their points for decay, and then 8 points were given for 1st place in the Summer Invitational, 6 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd, 2 for 4th, and 1 for 5th-8th. 2 points were also given for 1st and 1 point for 2nd in the August League Invitational. First place in Mini LoTS #1 will also receive 1 point. The 1st and 2nd place in the October League Invitational will also receive 2 and 1 points respectively. The invite list will be updated to reflect these results after those tournaments occur. This produced the following list of 14 invites:
1- Blast Chilled
@archsimkat you are being summoned!
have started to forget they exist till you guys bring it up tbh
@archsimkat Let's go B)
yeah,i totally agree,some ui that removes pings would be a must have,as most of the time is just annoying and not helping at all,especially on fullshare lobbies where you are in control of most stuff and someone spams pings and keeps you distracted
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Swkoll - 2027
Flying_Olsen - 1500
Total - 3527