Grifball is coming to Halo 5, and with it come GrifballHub’s leagues!
Signups for the first Halo 5 season of GrifballHub’s Good Games League will open on March 4. Every team is welcome to join, regardless of your level of experience!
Team signups for our 20th GGL season will be open from March 4 through March 11. Games will begin the week of March 14.
GrifballHub’s (GGL) is a friendly Grifball league that welcomes all teams, regardless of your level of experience. So if you are a squad of grizzled pros, or if you are new to the game, you are all welcome to join!
The GGL is also a league with a blanket prohibition on malicious trash talk and personal attacks. GrifballHub’s mission is to provide a safe environment for all players, regardless of their skill or experience. We want everyone to make new friends and enjoy the Sport of the Future.
For the GGL, entire teams sign up together. Individuals cannot sign up alone, and every team that registers must have at least four players. 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 with their availability and at their level of experience. If you’re new, you probably won’t be going up against the Grifball pros, but rather you will be playing against other newer teams.
Every team will play two games per week for five weeks at a set time, for a total of ten games. This is a great way to make friends in your division and in the Grifball community. You will get to fill your friends’ list with other Grifballers and have great people with which to play more Grifball games! After the regular season, the top teams will advance to the playoffs.
When you sign up, you will be given a choice of gamenights. Your team can choose from:
When we place your team in a division, you are to play every game of the regular season at that assigned time.
Signups are open from March 4 through March 11. Games begin the week of March 14.
Let’s walk through an example:
Your team normally gets online to play Halo every Monday evening. So when you sign up for the Grifball league, you pick the Mondays at 8:00PM EST time slot. Once registration closes on March 4, you will be placed into a division with five other teams that can also play on Mondays at 8:00PM EST.
We will give you a schedule that tells you who to play each week. You will get online with your team every Monday night (March 14, 21, 28, April 4, and 11) and play two games of Grifball through the Custom Games lobby: One against your first opponent for the week, and one against your second opponent of the week. This means you will play two games per week for five weeks, for a total of ten games over the course of the regular season. You will only be required to play on your chosen night.
If you are unable to play your games one week due to a conflict (such as a family commitment), fear not! You can make up your missed games at any time that works for both teams involved. You can also play any missed games during our special “make-up week”, which is a week-long buffer between the end of the regular season and the start of playoffs.
The league is for teams only. That means that you must have four or more players on your roster to participate. But what if you don’t have a team?
Although we can’t directly place you on a team, we can help you meet new people, including captains that are looking for new players.
Your first stop should be to post in the Recruiting forum. Be sure to include your gamertag and any other important information you can, such as your availability and experience.
If you are the enterprising sort, you can even start your own team! Call up your friends, or go to the Free Agents forum. Be proactive — contact other free agents and try to put together a team of four or more for the league.
Finally, just keep an eye on GrifballHub events for chances to meet other Grifballers. Become active in the community, get noticed by other Grifballers, and you may soon find yourself on a squad!
The GGL will be played in Halo 5 on the Xbox One. Before the season begins, we will release a “default” gametype for the season. The “default” gametype will be largely similar to the gametype released by 343 Industries. It will be nine untimed rounds of Grifball, where the first team to five goals wins.
However, teams can play other Grifball gametypes during the league games, if both captains involved in a match agree. Do you want to try a gametype with no Spartan Abilities? A gametype with tweaked runner settings? Or even boot up MCC for some Halo 3 or Halo 4 Grifball? As long as both captains in the match agree, you can play any kind of Grifball you want. If the captains can’t agree, the default Halo 5 GGL gametype is to be used.
For returning teams, there is one major change this season: Every returning team is strongly encouraged to sign up for the Veteran Divisions.
These aren’t the same sort of Veteran Divisions as we had in the Halo 4 days, however. With the AGLA and other events filling the “uber competitive Grifball” niche, the Veteran Divisions will be less strict. Think of these more as “flexible schedule” divisions.
Every team that signs up for the Veteran Divisions will provide:
Every team that signs up for Veteran Divisions, from the Ways and Means Committee to Easy as Pie, will play their requested number of games against teams on their own level. Schedules will be hand-crafted based on each team’s availability and requested opponents. Divisions will be created based on each team’s level of experience, so past championship contenders will play together.
For example, divisions might look like this:
In one week, your team might play two games on Monday and two games on Tuesday. The following week, you might play two games on Wednesday. Like the AGLA schedule, teams will play on various nights of the week. The total number of games a team plays during the season will be determined by the team themselves when they register.
This season, Veteran Division games will no longer be “set in stone”. In the past, that rule has been rarely enforced, as captains have been able to work together to get their games played. The rules will now reflect that long-standing norm.
Veteran Division games will be the first pick to be streamed on Wednesday Night Grifbrawl and Thursday Night Grifbrawl.
But remember: If you are a new team, the classic divisions are there for you! That’s two games per week, on one set night, against other newbies.
See you on the court!