Do you have a Grifball team that ruled the court during the heyday of Halo 3 Grifball, but are frightened of the changes that come with Grifball in Reach? Or are you a new player who never wielded a hammer outside of smashing up some Brutes? Either way, regardless of your level of experience, GrifballHub is here to help.
Once Reach launches, GrifballHub will run Grifball in Reach Neighborhood Tournaments (GRUNTs) several times every month. GRUNTs are one-night, single-elimination tournaments that help players become accustomed to the game and their teammates. Like their namesake aliens, GRUNTs are finished off quickly and end in a shower of confetti and cheers. Each tournament will have a 30 minute sign-up window. After signups close, a bracket will be posted and the tournament itself will immediately be underway. Each GRUNT will last two to three hours.
Some GRUNTs will start later than others to accommodate players in different timezones. Players from outside North America are welcome to play, too, as long as they are available at the scheduled time and there are no serious connection issues.
Each GRUNT may also have a required map and gametype. If so, the links to the map and gametype will be prominently featured in the announcement and in that GRUNT’s discussion thread. After the tournament, players are encouraged to rate the map and gametype in the Grifball map and gametype resource center.
Please note: These tournaments are designed to be a fun learning experience for all teams. Malicious trash talking and personal attacks are not allowed. Players currently banned from other GrifballHub events or leagues are not allowed to participate.
So when are these GRUNTs starting? Well, we know there are plenty of people out there itching to try out some Grifball in Reach, and we’re more than happy to help satisfy that craving.
Our first GRUNTs will be:
- Thursday, September 16, 9:00PM EST: Vanilla GRUNT. Play Halo 3-style Grifball on the Colosseum. No Armor Abilities.
- Friday, September 17, 10:00PM EST: Competitive GRUNT. Play a new competitive variant on the Colosseum. Two pre-set Armor Abilities.
- Saturday, September 18, 5:00PM EST: Loadout GRUNT. Play Grifball with several Armor Abilties to choose from on a TBD map.
- Sunday, September 19, 9:00PM EST: Flying GRUNT. Play Grifball with Jetpacks on a TBD map.
(The 30 minute signup period will begin at the time stated. The bracket will be released once signups close.)
To suggest a map or gametype for a future GRUNT, please either leave a comment or post in the GRUNT suggestions thread.
GrifballHub will also be collecting highlights from the first four GRUNTs. If you submit a highlight, and your highlight makes it into the first highlight reel for Grifball in Reach, you will receive a special Noble 6 Avatar Helmet code, courtesy of our friends at Halo Waypoint! Highlight submissions are due 11:59PM EST, Monday September 20.
We hope to see you all on the court!