Tired of crushing randoms in Grifball matchmaking? Looking for a higher level of competition for you and your friends/teammates/first-3-people-you-could-find-in-matchmaking-that-didn’t-betray-you-for-the-ball? If so, today’s your lucky day, as registration for the 21st season of GrifballHub’s Good Games League will be opening up Monday, September 26. Signups will remain open through Sunday, October 2, with the regular season beginning on Monday, October 10.
As many of our longtime members know, the GGL has historically been run by GrifballHub owners and generally-awesome people Goosechecka and Kalbelgarion. As many of those same members also know, currently Goose and Kal have taken a leave-of-absence from the Hub with the birth of baby Kalchecka. In their absence, Rage (XBL: Rage More Nerd), Alli (XBL: Bad Allikat), and myself (XBL: SonicNachos) will be taking over as GGL Admins this season. All three of us have been involved with GrifballHub leadership for several years, and between Rage and I, have well over three seasons of experience running the AGLA, experience that we expect will be very useful in running this coming season both fairly and smoothly.
About the GGL
Originally founded in 2009, the Good Games League is a friendly, recreational Grifball league that welcomes all teams, regardless of experience. Registration is done on a team-basis, and every team that registers must have a roster of at least four players.
As a league focused on a more friendly environment, the GGL has a blanket prohibition on malicious trash talk and personal attacks. The league is operated in accordance with GrifballHub’s mission statement:
“To create a safe and welcoming community for gamers to enjoy both recreational and competitive Grifball.”
The regular season runs over the course of five weeks, with each team playing two games per week for a total of ten games. Teams will be placed into divisions with other teams based on availability and their level of experience. Each division will be assigned a set time to play their games. At the end of the five-week season, there is a one-week period for teams to makeup any unplayed games. Missed games can also be played at any time that works for both teams involved. At the end of the 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:
In case not enough teams register for a certain game night, teams will be asked to select a second and third game night during registration. All efforts will be made to accommodate every team’s first selection if possible.
Need a Team?
“That’s all well and good,” you say, “but you have to sign up with a team of at least four players. What if I 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.
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 Settings are Used for GGL?
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 the Fall season of the GGL may be directed to the league admins:
See you on the court!