2021 Spring Invitational

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Hello and welcome to the 2021 Spring Invitational Tournament. This will be a 1v1 tournament based on the format of the 2020 Summer Invitational and 2020 Fall Invitational with some minor tweaks. For those who aren’t familiar, there will be series of invites sent out to previous tournament winners, and an open qualifier on March 13th to fill the remainder of the 16 slots. This is followed by a group stage on March 20th where the top 8 players will advance to a single elimination finals bracket whose winners will receive prizes and glory .

What’s changed?
The faction veto system for LoTS made games a lot more interesting so for this tournament we are going to use it for the group stage and finals bracket. The need for the qualifier to be fast paced means it will continue to use the old system.

In order to encourage finishing out the qualifier, qualified players will be allowed to choose which group the want to be in with the highest placing player in the qualifier choosing first, followed by second place, etc. In the interest of time and organizational complexity, invited players will be still seeded as normal.

Lastly, in order to encourage participation of up and coming players in the qualifier, all players with ladder ratings 1500+ are guaranteed a spot (up to a max of 32 players). In the event that this causes the qualifier to have more than 16 players, the first 2 rounds in the Winner's Bracket will be BO1.

It is because of these changes that I am looking for 2-4 assistant tournament directors to help out with the faction vetoes for the group stage and finals bracket. If you are interested in this please leave a post below or message me on FAF.

Would you like to contribute to the prize pool?
You can donate via Paypal to support this tournament.

Prize pool:
$300 total

  • 1st: $150
  • 2nd: $70
  • 3rd: $50
  • 4th: $30

Donated by:
$265 – Swkoll
$35 - archsimkat

The schedule:
March 12, 2021 – Deadline to accept invites
March 13, 2021 - Open Qualifier <- sign up here
March 20, 2021 – Group Stage
March 27-28, 2021 – Finals Bracket

The qualifier:
This is an open qualifier, all players who have not received invites are welcome to participate. It will be a double elimination tournament with 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.

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 be seeded by Invitational points followed by position in the qualifier, and finally by ladder rating. Maps will be chosen by players from a pool of 10 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.

The finals bracket:
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). There first two rounds of the Finals Bracket 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:
Invitational points have been updated with results of major tournaments since the Fall Invitational, all players have lost 25% (rounded up) of their points for decay, and then 8 points were given for 1st place in the Fall Invitational, 6 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd, 2 for 4th, and 1 for 5th-8th. 4 points were also given for 1st in 2020 LoTS, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, and 1 for 4th. This produced the following list of 13 invites:

16 - Petric
15 - Nexus
11 - Tagada
7 - Blackheart
7 - TURBO2
5 - Adjux
3 - Espeperant
2 - Mephi
2 - Turin
1 - Zock
1 - Farms
1 - archsimkat
1 - BlinChIk

Accepted invites:

  • Archsimkat
  • Espeperant
  • Nexus
  • Petric
  • Tagada
  • TURBO2

Thanks to Javi for the new banner image!

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Accepting.

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I accept the invite

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What time does the groupstage start at

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@TheWheelie Group stage will start at 14:00 UTC.

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