2023 Spring Invitational Group Stage

Welcome to the Group Stage for the 2022 Spring Invitational. This stage will be made up with 4 groups of 4 players each. Games will be played round robin style with each player in a group playing each other player in a BO3. The top 2 players in each group will advance to the playoffs.

Date: April 22nd
Start Time: 14:00 UTC
Chat: /join #spring
Challonge: https://challonge.com/bj2vejyc
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/faflive
Tournament Directors:
Overall: Swkoll
Group A TD: Dragun
Group B TD: NOC-
Group C TD: Dragun
Group D TD: Dragun


tl;dr 2 alternating vetoes each, low seed vetoes first. High seed picks map 1. Low seed picks map 2. Players veto down for the last map.

There is a pool of 10 maps and maps will be selected using a veto and pick system. This means each player has 2 vetos, with the lower seed in the group vetoing first in an alternating pattern. (ie lower seed, upper seed, lower seed, upper seed). Next the higher seed will select the first map, the lower seed the second map, and if necessary players will resume vetoing maps until only 1 remains with the lower seed vetoing first. 5 of the maps are the same for each group and 5 maps are different for each group.

We will be using the same faction veto system as used in LoTS and in previous invitationals. After a map is picked, both players will secretly send 2 factions, in order of preference, that they would like to play, and 1 faction they would like to veto to their group's Tournament Director.

For mapgen, both players can enter the lobby and view the map prior to sending in their vetoes. Each player now gets 1 reroll, but must use the rerolled map. New this tournament, mapgen maps are not vetoable in the initial 2 vetoes.

For tiebreaks and scoring, we will use the challonge system of tiebreaks. In the event that 2 positions are perfectly tied by those metrics, a BO1 will be played between the tied players with players vetoing down to 1 map, lower seed vetoing first.

To clarify map picking and faction veto:

Figure out which maps are in your group, they are the 5 "All" maps and the 5 maps specific to your group.
Lower seed (as shown by the position in the group) vetoes first (non mapgen) map
Higher seed vetoes next (non mapgen) map
Lower seed uses last (non mapgen) veto
Higher seed uses last (non mapgen) veto
Higher seed then picks the first map to play from the list of maps in the pool that have not been vetoed
Players send 2 factions that they would like to play and 1 veto to their group's TD
Lower seed picks the second map following the same rules
Players send 2 factions that they would like to play and 1 veto to their group's TD
In the event of a tie, players veto down any of the remaining maps until 1 remains with lower seed going first
Players send 2 factions that they would like to play and 1 veto to their group's TD
The winner reports the results (including losses and tie games) to their group's tournament director in the #fall channel

Map Pool:

Map pool posted.

To my map pool I say, Boo-urns.

I think out of all the past 1 year of tourneys badlands has been in every map pool.
Please fix

Ras Boi's save lives.

TURBO2 has been subbed out for FFF and Sladow has been subbed out for ovenman

Congrats to our players who are advancing to the Playoffs: Yudi, Shen, Espi, Harzer, Turin, Vena, ZLO, and Blast! We'll see them again next Saturday and Sunday at 14 UTC on twitch.tv/faflive!

Thanks to Dragun and NOC- for TDing today and thanks to Farms for co-casting with me on faflive. And thanks to all the players and viewers who made this possible!

All players who advanced to the playoffs should send me a map by Tuesday to add to the playoff map pool.

Once again I am offering the Clairvoyant avatar to anyone who correctly predicts the bracket here: https://challonge.com/bj2vejyc/predictions
Be sure to include your FAF username and 3rd place prediction in the prediction title!