Start your hammers!
Signups are now open for the Spring 2013 season of GrifballHub’s Halo 4 Grifball League! Our league, called the Good Games League (GGL), is a 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!
(If your team wants to sign up for the veteran divisions, check below.)
How the league works
The regular season will last for five weeks. Each team will be placed into a division with other teams at their level of experience. If you’re new, you won’t be going up against the Grifball pros, but rather you will be playing with other new 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:
- Mondays at 8:00PM EST
- Tuesdays at 8:00PM EST
- Wednesdays at 10:00PM EST
- Thursdays at 10:00PM EST
- Fridays at 11:00PM EST
- Saturdays at 2:00PM EST
- Sundays at 7:00PM EST
When we place your team in a division, you are to play every game of the regular season at your chosen time.
Please note: Due to the differences in time zones and the limited number of European teams, Grifball teams from Europe must play at the Saturday at 2:00PM American EST time slot. If you do not live in North America, be aware that the times listed are for American Eastern time and plan accordingly!
Let’s walk through an example:
Your team normally gets online to play Halo every Wednesday evening. So when you sign up for the Grifball league, you pick the Wednesdays at 10:00PM EST time slot. Once registration closes on March 15, you will be placed into a division with five other teams that can also play on Wednesdays at 10:00PM EST.
We will give you a schedule that tells you who to play each week. You will get online with your team every Wednesday night (March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, and April 17) and play two games of Grifball: 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 for the regular season.
If having regularly scheduled Grifball matches every week sounds good to you, then you can sign up your team here!
Note: When you sign up you will receive a confirmation e-mail. To confirm that you will play in the league, please follow the e-mail’s instructions.
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 personally place you on to 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 Free Agents thread in our brand new Recruitment Forum.
Be sure to read the Forum Rules before posting to give yourself the best opportunity to match with a compatible team. For even better odds, take a look at the Players Needed sub-forum to see which teams are looking to pick up free agents. If you think you’d be a good fit for that team, let them know by posting in their thread!
Your second stop should be to participate in one of our Free Agent mixers. GrifballHub is running one on Friday, March 8, starting at 8:00PM EST. To receive an invitation, simply post your gamertag in this thread. We will be running lobbies of eight players and playing Grifball for a few hours.
If you are the enterprising sort, you can even start your own team! Go to the Recruitment Forum and post in the Players Needed sub-forum. Please be sure to follow the posting format outlined in the Forum Rules. While posting here is the first step, it is definitely advantageous for teams to be proactive! Teams in need of players should frequent the Free Agents thread in the Recruitment Forum to see what agents are available and start up a dialogue with them. Who knows, your future life-long Grif partner could be there waiting for you!
Finally, just keep an eye on the forums and other 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!
Everyone loves Achievements on Xbox Live. Heck, there is even one for using the Gravity Hammer in the Halo 4 campaign! But what if there were Achievements for playing Grifball…?
You’re in luck! Not only does the GGL offer you a kick-ass Grifball games every week, but we also supply teams with a list of (optional) Grifball Achievements to pursue during your league games! We call them “Achieveables.”
Achieveables are 100% optional for all teams. If you’d like, your team can safely ignore them, still make the playoffs, and rise to the upper echelons of Grifball glory. But if you want a little more spice in your games, we are here to provide!
Each Achieveable is worth a certain number of GrifPoints. The total number of GrifPoints your team has won is called your GrifScore. Achieveables are all team-based, so your team earns them together. There is no such thing as an individual Achieveable. While some Achieveables require only one person on the team to complete a feat, they all count towards your team’s GrifScore.
No Achieveables will require you to stat-pad. They will never be tied to earning killing sprees or Killionaires. Achieveables are a challenge, meaning that they will actually make it more difficult for your team to win. We may ask you to win the game with an overall negative Kill/Death spread, for example, or to play a match without using the sword!
So what good are Achieveables? At the end of the regular season, the teams with the highest GrifScores will make the playoffs, regardless of their record! So you can go 0-10 and still make the playoffs! Note, though, that this is in addition to the teams that make the post-season by winning their divisions or earning themselves a wildcard spot.
We will release a full list of all the season’s Achieveables at the start of the first week. For more information, please check out this page.
Back by popular demand, the GGL is also offering purely voluntary “Veteran Divisions” for more experienced teams that are looking for even more Grifball action!
Veteran divisions will be open to teams with a proven track record of playing their games. Generally speaking, this means teams with six or more seasons of league experience. If a team has fewer than six seasons, but believes they have a strong history of playing Grifball, they can register.
Veteran divisions will have up to six teams each, and teams will play more than two games per week. During signups, teams will tell us when they can and cannot play games each week. Teams are encouraged to be as available as possible…and to have a roster big enough to cover all those times!
You see, regular season games in the veteran divisions will never be postponed. There will be no make-up week, no free scheduling. Teams are expected to get on at gametime and play. If a team does not show, that team will receive a loss. These games will also be scheduled for six weeks, meaning that games will be scheduled for the make-up week as well.
Relatedly, games in the veteran divisions will all be eligible to be streamed. Since all the scheduling is set-in-stone, we will be able to more easily set up a streamer for the match and show the game to a wider audience! Teams in these special divisions should enter with the understanding that any of their games may be streamed.
Not everything will be different for the veteran divisions, though — Teams can use subs for their squad if both captains agree on the player, as long as they have not previously used two subs in the season. Everyone can still go for Achieveables. And both the veteran divisions and the classic divisions will feed into the same playoff bracket for the post-season.
For more information on veteran divisions, check out this article.In short…
- Everyone can sign up for the classic divisions here.
- Only veteran teams can sign up for special divisions here.
- Achieveables are back!
- Signups close on March 15, and games begin the week of March 18.
- After you register, be sure to check your e-mail.
- Halo 4 Grifball is awesome!
Let us know if you have any questions. See you on the court!