Signups for the 21st season of the Good Games League (GGL) are now open! Registration will remain open until October 2, at 11:59PM Eastern Time. Games will begin the week of October 10.
The GGL is open to all teams, regardless of experience. Experienced teams looking for a bigger challenge or for a more competitive atmosphere are encouraged to register for the Veteran Divisions, which feature a greater number of games throughout the regular season against other experienced teams.
If you are the captain of a returning team, you can register your team here: http://www.grifballhub.com/register-for-the-good-games-league/
How to Register
For new teams, GGL registration is a three-step process:
Players other than the team captain are not required to register on the forums to be added to a roster – however, doing so is highly encouraged, as it allows you to have a player profile on the site as well as allowing you to participate in community discussions on the chatbox and forums.
If you have any problems with registration, reach out to myself (Hub PM: Sonic, XBL: SonicNachos), Rage More Nerd (Hub PM: Rage, XBL: Rage More Nerd), or Bad Allikat (Hub PM: Allikat, XBL: Bad Allikat) and we can help resolve any issues.
About the GGL
GrifbalHub’s GGL is a friendly Grifball league that welcomes all teams, regardless of skill or experience. The league has a blanket prohibition on malicious trash talk and personal attacks, and is run in accordance with GrifballHub’s mission statement:
To create a safe and welcoming community for gamers to enjoy both recreational and competitive Grifball.
Registration for the GGL is done on a team basis. Teams must have a minimum of four players, with a maximum roster size of ten. If you are a player looking for a team, check out these forums.
The regular season will last for five weeks. Teams will be placed into divisions with other teams based on availability, and will play two games a week at a set time, for a total of ten games. Games may be freely rescheduled as needed throughout the season, and there will be a one-week “make-up” period at the conclusion of the regular season to finish up any unplayed games. After the regular season, the top teams will advance to the playoffs.
When you register, you will be given a choice of game nights. Your team can choose from:
Divisions will be created based on chosen game nights, and each team in your division will play their games at the same day and time each week.
Need a Team?
GGL Registration is for teams only. What if you don’t have a team?
Not to worry – the GrifballHub community has plenty of ways to find fellow players to team up with!
The first thing you should do, if you haven’t already, is create an account on our Forums. Not only will you be able to interact and meet fellow Grifballers, you’ll also be able to get involved in all sorts of discussions within the Grifball community. Of particular interest to you may be the Recruiting forum, where you can find teams currently looking for players and meet fellow free agents. If you see a number of new players also looking for teams, you could even start your own team!
You can also use the Chatbox on our forum to talk with fellow Grifballers. Many of our players, both veterans and newer players alike, often use the chatbox to set up scrimmages and pickup games on league Grifball settings – getting involved in these games is a great way to meet fellow players and get noticed within the community.
What Game Are We Using?
The GGL is played in Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One. Before the season begins, we will release a “default” gametype and court for the season. Returning Halo 5 players can expect the default gametype to be similar to the official gametypes used for the previous GGL and AGLA seasons. For new players, there are a couple of differences from matchmaking settings worth noting:
Teams are welcome to play other Grifball gametypes for league games, as long as both captains involved in a match agree. If the captains can’t agree, the default gametype is to be used.
Returning players are likely familiar with the GGL Veteran Divisions, designed to provide a more competitive environment for our veteran players that also allows them to play more games if they so wish. Last season, we overhauled veteran divisions, encouraging every returning team to register for them and basing all veteran divisions on the level of skill and experience of each team. SL16’s veteran divisions were also more flexible, being less strict on scheduling than in the past.
After considering a wide range of feedback on last season’s implementation, we will be running veteran divisions this season in a format closer to the old style used during the Halo 4 days. Divisions will be created based on team availability, requested opponents, and desired number of games, with less emphasis on grouping teams based on experience. Last season, the fact that all top-tier veteran teams were grouped into the same division felt unfair, making it more difficult for some of those teams to make playoffs when they would otherwise make it to the postseason easily in a more normal division, while other less-skilled veteran teams had an easier road to the playoffs due to an easier division. Our hope is that by placing less emphasis on grouping teams by skill, it will result in a fairer season for everybody playing in veteran divisions.
Other aspects of the veteran divisions this season will remained unchanged from SL16 – the schedule will still be hand-crafted based on each team’s availability and requested opponents. The change made last season to make veteran division games free scheduling rather than the old “set-in-stone” norm will remain as well – veteran teams are free to reschedule games as needed. The veteran division schedule will continue to run over six weeks and teams will still be able to request anywhere from 10 to 24 games, similar to past seasons. Veteran division games will also continue to be the first pick for games shown on GrifballHub live broadcasts such as Wednesday and Thursday Night Grifbrawl.
With these changes to to veteran divisions, we are encouraging teams wondering whether to register for a classic or veteran division to follow the same guidelines as in Halo 4 GGL seasons – teams with past league experience looking for a greater challenge or for a more competitive setting should register for the veteran divisions, while new teams and returning teams more interested in playing for fun should register for classic divisions.
Any questions regarding registration or the league can be directed to the GGL admins:
See you on the court!