Back in October, we first announced the Grifball Pro Tour over at GrifballHub, with the goal of creating a new top-tier venue for competitive Grifball. Our aim was to create a competitive, make-your-own-team setup that had been missing from the Grifball scene since the original Grifball league, the AGLA, transitioned to the bidding-based format it currently uses. Since then, the Grifball community has responded, with many eagerly waiting for the new circuit to go live.
That day has finally arrived.
The Professional League Qualifiers for the inaugural season of the Grifball Pro Tour will begin on January 2, 2017. A total of four qualifiers will be held throughout the month of January, with the top two teams from each qualifier gaining entry into the Professional League. All qualifiers will be run using the Swiss tournament format. Each qualifier will consist of a minimum of four rounds, with extra rounds added as needed based on the number of participating teams.
The schedule for Professional League Qualifiers will be as follows:
Teams may register for any number of qualifiers. Once a team has earned an invite to the Professional League, they may not participate in any further qualifiers.
To help keep information and news on the Pro Tour easy to find, we have developed http://grifball.gg, which will be the official home of the GPT. This site will host the standings, schedule, rules, and other information for the new circuit going forward. Important news regarding the GPT will still be posted on the Hub in addition to the new site, and there will also be a Pro Tour section on the Hub forums added in the near future for discussion on the new circuit.
Special thanks to longtime community member pimpindacrib for his help in developing and maintaining the new website.
In order to participate in any GPT event, including Professional Qualifiers, teams must first register for the league at http://grifball.gg/register. Teams must have a roster of exactly four players. All players must be eligible to participate in GPT events according to the rules outlined in section 1.5 of the GPT Rules Handbook. In addition to the four-player roster, teams may register with a manager and/or coach if they so wish. Team managers are responsible for all team decisions in the GPT, including roster moves. If a team does not wish to have a manager, they must designate one of their players as a captain instead, who will take on those responsibilities.
Upon registering for the GPT, teams will also have the option to simultaneously register for any number of Qualifiers for the upcoming season. Teams may also manually register for Qualifiers by posting using the Event Registration page at any time at least an hour before the event. Teams that have already earned an invite to the Professional League are ineligible to participate in subsequent qualifiers.
An hour before the scheduled start time of an qualifier, GPT staff will contact all registered teams for that qualifier to confirm their availability for the event. Teams must confirm that they are online and ready to play within 30 minutes of being contacted. Roster changes for the event after this point will not be allowed. Teams who do not reply will be removed from the list of participants for that event.
Once all teams have confirmed or 30 minutes has passed, the event bracket will be created and released. The first round of the event will then begin at the scheduled time. Subsequent rounds will begin once all games in the prior round have been completed.
Completed games in the qualifier may be submitted by either posting the Waypoint game link to the game in the corresponding event thread on the GPT forums or by using the Game Reporter.
Any questions may be directed to GPT Commissioner SonicNachos, either through GrifballHub PM (Sonic) or Xbox Live message (SonicNachos).