Thanks in part to the generosity of GPT staff and GrifballHub community members, we’re happy to announce that the Spring 2017 Major Championship will have a $500 prize pool; the winning team of the tournament will receive $100/player, with the runner-ups receiving $25/player. We’re also working to secure additional prizes for the Spring Circuit, and also working on other means of increasing the prize pool for our players – look more more news on this front over the next few days.
In other news, following the testing done during the Hub’s End-of-Year Rushes and the GPT Mixer last week, we’ve been collecting community opinions on some of the newest gametype variants that have garnered serious attention. In the survey used, we also asked about how the community felt regarding the home/away gametype idea that has been proposed on the GrifballHub forums. The feedback received showed the “no slide” gametype as being by far the most preferred, with the current settings coming in second and “no sprint” following just behind that. With this in mind, we will be using the “no slide” gametype as the standard for SC17.
The majority of responses were also in favor of the proposed home/away rules for the regular season, which allows the home team to select the gametype played. As the Professional League regular season is structured such that each team plays each other team twice, the home/away rules will be implemented for the regular season of SC17, which will allow us to look at the idea and consider its implementation in future GPT events. For tournaments, including the Major Championship, a single gametype will be selected beforehand, as home/away is more difficult to implement in these events while remaining fair. As there are four open tournaments throughout the season, we can run some of these events using some of the alternate gametypes to make up for the lack of home/away rules in these events.
For the Qualifiers, we will be playing all games using the “GPT Standard” (no slide) game variant, which can be found in Rage More Nerd’s file share or in SonicNachos’s bookmarks. Games will be played on “Midnight”, which is also in SonicNachos’s bookmarks. Teams may play other courts that are in the approved map rotation if both captains agree. Note that any broadcasted games must be played on Midnight or another “LIVE” variant.
On the note of qualifiers, the first SC17 Qualifier is tonight, starting at 7PM EST. Registration will be open until 6:30PM EST, with pairings released at 6:45PM. The tournament will be run using the swiss pairing system.
If you haven’t registered your team yet, you can do so at http://grifball.gg/register.