November 6 is fast approaching, and GrifballHub is ready to feed your need for Grifball!
With brand new gameplay techniques and moves, Grifball will be reborn with the release of Halo 4 next month. For the first time, the Sport of the Future will be its own gametype, available at launch on your Halo 4 disc! Players will be able to sprint on the court, throw the ball, and even pass it with their hammers! You can read about the changes here.
Our introduction to Halo 4 Grifball will kick off on Wednesday, November 7 with a special edition of Wednesday Night Grifbrawl, our live weekly Grifball show. GrifballHub staff will be hosting a lobby, livestreamed on our TwitchTV channel, where we will invite members of the community from the chat to join us. Get in on the ground floor of Halo 4 Grifball by joining us the evening of November 7!
We will also be running one-night tournaments (called “Brawls”) and free agent mixers practically every night, right from Halo 4′s launch through November 16, when signups will open for the very first Grifball league in Halo 4!
GrifballHub’s Good Games League is a recreational Grifball league with a focus on one thing: Having fun! If you’re looking to have a good time, make some friends, and try out Halo 4 Grifball shortly after launch, then you must get your team together and sign up. Our league is very laid-back and welcoming to new players. Hundreds of teams have signed up for the GGL over the past few years, most of which had never played in a Grifball league before.
Signups for the GGL will open ten days after the launch of Halo 4, on November 16. The registration period will be open for one week, until November 23. During that time we will run more one-night tournaments and free agent mixers to help players find teams and to get veteran teams plenty of practice in the new game. The first league games will begin the week of November 26.
The regular season will last for five weeks. Teams will be placed into divisions with other teams at their level of experience. If you’re new, you won’t be going up against the grizzled Grifball pros, but rather you will be playing with other new teams. Every team will play two games per week for five weeks at a set time, for a total of ten games. This is a great way to make friends in your division and in the Grifball community. You will get to fill your friends’ list with other Grifballers and have great people with which to play more Grifball games! After the regular season, the top teams will advance to the playoffs.
For you veteran players…
We are pleased to introduce a new feature for the GGL for teams that have been around the court a few times already.
In addition to our normal setup, we will also be running voluntary Veteran Divisions for teams that have at least six seasons of league experience. These special divisions will allow veterans to play more games every week against other long-standing teams.
Instead of two games per week, teams in these Veteran Divisions will play four or more. Instead of playing one night a week, they will be scheduled to play multiple times per week.
The goals of these Veteran Divisions are to get as much feedback on Halo 4 Grifball as possible from the most experienced players, to try out a new league setup, and to livestream as many matches as we can. Because this setup is 100% voluntary and open only to the most experienced teams, every game will be scheduled for a set day and time, may be streamed, and cannot be put off to the makeup week or rescheduled.
If you are a veteran team who does not have the availability for these special divisions, or if you would rather stick with the regular set up, that’s okay! The normal 10 game season is available for all teams, from the newest newbies to the most grizzled geezers.
Aside from the set-in-stone scheduling and the increased number of games, the Veteran Divisions will be identical to the regular GGL divisions. All teams are still participating in a “recreational” Grifball league and are to follow the GGL prohibition on malicious trash talk and personal attacks. All teams will be eligible for the same postseason. Substitute players can be used by all teams (if the opposing captain agrees). And all teams can go after Achieveables!
Yes, the first season of the GGL in Halo 4 will see the return of Achieveables! Achieveables are our Grifball Achievements — fun challenges for your team to try during your league games. For example, we might challenge you to win the game with your entire team having an overall negative Kill/Death ratio, or to go an entire game without punching anyone with the ball. If you complete a challenge during the regular season, and report the accomplishment, your team will be awarded GrifPoints. At the end of the season, the teams with the highest GrifScore will make the playoffs, regardless of their record! So you could lose every game, and still make it to the postseason!
Achieveables are 100% voluntary. Teams that win their games on the court will still secure the top spots in the playoffs, even if they completely ignore the Achieveables. You can read more about Achieveables here.
We’ll have more information about Halo 4 tournaments and mixers coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to get your team ready for the very first Grifball league in Halo 4!
See you on the Halo 4 court!