So to get 2 birds, or rather several, with one stone, I've decided to utilize the bimonthly League system to supply players for a bimonthly tournament. As one might expect, these events will operate on concurrent months, meaning that odd months will be League Months and even months will be Invitational Months.
The tournament is intended to boost ladder activity particularly at the higher level, provide more consistent tournaments for all of viewers, casters, and players to get comfortable with, and finally a way to award reliable, well performing FAF players with potential slots in the end of the year tournament.
These tournament series will be formatted as 8 person round-robins in which each player plays one another in a BO3. The tournament will happen consistently ever 2nd weekend of every even month on both the Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. The first day will have 4 of the BO3s and the final day will have the last 3.
For ties, I will be utilizing a few systems:
First, I will utilize total BO3 wins against the opponents you are tied with.
Then, I will use total point differentials. Essentially if someone won a series 2-0, they will gain 2 point score differential in the tournament. If they win 2-1, they only get 1. If you have more total points across all of your games than the person you tied, you rank higher than them.
If there is still some sort of tie left, then it will be determined by highest ladder rating.
As said before, the 2nd weekend of every even month. The tournaments will start at 14:00 UTC each time.
In order to qualify for the tournament, Ladder League performance will be used to collect the top 8 performing yet active players in the 1800+ brackets and these 8 will then be invited into the tournament for the following month.
If a player is uninterested in participating or cannot play, then their slot will be forfeited to the subsequent player on that month's Leader League leaderboard. Regardless, there will always be 8 players in these series.
Map Pool & Vetoes:
The tournament will utilize the ladder pools of the preceding month with minor adjustments in order to bring the total map pool down to 15 with the same 4/6/5 ratio utilized in the last LotS format.
In order to select the maps played for each BO3, the two participants in each stage will discuss amongst themselves which maps they would like to veto. Each player will be given the right to 3 vetoes and the bottom player in the bracket will be given the first veto. Each player will also submit vetoes sequentially. Once the list is down to 9 maps, the players will be given the right to pick which of the nine they wish to play. The bottom seed will be given the right to pick the first map and the top seed will pick the second.
In the case of a tie, the players will veto down to a single map with the bottom seed once again having the first veto.
Faction vetoes will likely not be part of these series due to the fact it requires additional tournament director support, but this may change depending on the manpower situation.
These tournaments will operate with a consistent $100-150 prizepool supplied by FAF as well as a point-based system which will be utilized to determine LotS slots.
10 of the 16 LotS slots will be given to the individuals that secure the most points across the year through the Invitational Series. In addition, substitutions for LotS will be determined via the points system rather than a qualifier.
So taking this all into account, the standard tournament will follow as:
1st: 12 points, $75-100
2nd: 10 points, $25-50
3rd: 8 points
4th: 5 points
5th: 4 points
6th: 3 points
7th: 2 points
8th: 1 point
Then, once the November Invitational is over, the points across all of the year's Series will be added up with the top 10 performing players getting their slot for LotS.
This means this year there should be 5 of these series to then determine the players invited for LotS.