We'll be holding an in-house GB tournament in a week and a half from now, starting on Saturday, the 15th of June, and continuing over the course of the month. The full length of the tournament might vary depending on how many teams sign up, and ofcourse, the availability of the players in question. It will ofcourse be "Captain's Mode".
Myself, (Blackmoore on Steam) player extraordinaire, and CheapPoison (Cheap on Steam) leader of the GB DOTA 2 Steam-Group have talked the issue through over the course of these last, few days and have spoken to a number of casters to cast the games live in-game, as well as on twitch (and similair sites), so that even those not playing in the tournament can join in on the games and enjoy themselves.
We were unfortunately made aware of how poorly the last, GB-endorsed tournament went, as such, we've decided to appoint ourselves facilitators in the match set-up process in order to keep this controlled and systematic. Fun definitely is the focus, but we need to ensure that the teams will know against whom they're playing and when that is. Considering we're trying something different this time; this tournament will serve as an experiment. We WILL be holding further tournaments, and change certain things accordingly to ensure a pleasant and competetive scene.
The tournament itself will follow rules of double-elimatination; 2 teams square off against each other in or a series of 3 matches, the winner moves on whilst the losing team is reduced to the loser's bracket where they have a second chance to rise through the listings.
I say "tournament", but in fact, we will be holding two, seperate tournaments, one for high-level players, and one for newcomers to the game. The focus will absolutely be on the newcomers, where-as the high-level play fill serve as an introduction to the tournament as a whole. Details will follow below.
The high-level bracket will hold a maximum of 8 Teams who will square off against each other over the course of the week-end. Starting in the subsequent week, we'll be holding the qualifiers for the low-level bracket.
The low-level bracket will hold a maximum of 16 teams. Important to notice is that we're allowing a max win of 120 for the low-bracket teams, and more importantly so; a combined max-wins of 400 for the entire team. So if all 5 players have 80 wins; their overall wins would be 400.
Naturally, if 4 players all have wins; they can easily enlist another player with 120 wins, thus coming to a total of 300. Anything goes, as long as the max-win per team and per person is not exceeded. We'd also like to note that the wins of the teams will be taken into consideration when the team signs-up for the tournament. So if someone were to sign up tomorrow, and have exceeded the win-cap by the time the tournament comes along, that is perferectly acceptable as we do not want anyone to feel restricted from playing the game in the meanwhile. Besides, we'd encourage people to practice with their teams.
Speaking of sign-ups; they will begin, in this thread, tomorrow. On Wednesday, the 5th of June and end on next Wednesday, the 12th of June. Please sign-up as a whole team, and not as a seperate individual, we've created a seperate topic for people who are looking for a team. Please visit that if you're interested, but do not have enough players, or are on your own. We require the "CAPTAIN" for each team to sign up, so that we may communicate with him/her (/it) to set up matches, speak of issues, etcetera. We also recommend that each team gets a 6th member, if not even more, that they may play as a replacement should someone not be able to make it to the appointed time.
We also accept non-GB members so feel free to invite your friends, but ofcourse prefer GB-members to play, keep that in consideration as we make our selections of the teams.
As previously mentioned, there will be a max amount of teams allotted into THIS tournament. This means that after all the sign-ups have ended, we'll pick which ones will be playing in this tournament. If you're not chosen, please, don't be alarmed; if you sign up, we promise you a spot in the next tournament we organize.
When submitting information of your team; please list the amount of wins for each player, where you're from (continent suffices), favourite role and favourite hero (for future polls.)
Any additional commentary is welcome, but not required.
As of yet, we've spoken with a number of casters who are interested. If YOU would be interested in casting a game, please contact us through this thread or by messaging me or @cheappoison
We'd prefer it if we had at least one set of casters for each game. Remember, the max amount of caster-slots is 4; so we can easily have multiple streams for each game.
- Double-elimination style tournament; Best of 3 in both brackets. Possibly Bo5 in the final for the high bracket, not yet determined.
-Tournament sign-ups start on 5th of June, end on 12th of June.
-High-level bracket (no win requirement), starts on 15th of june.
-Low-level bracket starts the following week, 120 is max wins per person, 400 is max combined wins per team.
-Sign up as an entire team. We have a seperate topic for those wanting to create a team or are looking for one.
-Teams will be selected after all have signed up. We will notify your captain, whom you must specify.
-Schedule will be written on the day after the sign-ups end (12th); and we'll contact your captain either on that day (16th), or the one after.
-Please attempt to find a sixth member to ensure that your team will be able to play if someone is kept from doing so.
-Please include information regarding your team when you sign up. Location (continent), wins, favourite role and favourite hero.
-Tournament will ofcourse be Captain's Mode.
- We mean to be flexible with the schedules of games; so if that's an issue, please don't be worried and sign up anycase.
Questions that particulary stand out will be answered here.
1. Will any teams be cut? How do you plan on justifying that?
Unfortunately, this is our first tournament and as such, we need to keep it small in order to be manageable, as such; we've determined a maximum of 8 teams for the high-level bracket, and 16 for the low-level bracket. At the end of the sign-ups, we MIGHT be forced to pick inbetween different teams to ensure balance and that games do, in fact, even take place. At the same time, we don't want to "cut" anyone from inclusion in the games. As such, we ensure that any team/player that doesn't get to participate in this tournament has a saved spot in the next, larger tournament that we organize. It was either this or simply restricting people from signing up once it had filled up, a first-come-first-served principle; and while this might look nicer, we felt it'd be detrimental, overall, on the quality of the games. First priority is to get this thing off the ground and do so well. So we're playing it safe.
2. When will the games take place? When will I know when I'll be playing?
We are, as of yet, keeping the schedule flexible to ensure that both teams will be able to keep the appointment. The reason for doing so is that we have members from all over the world, many with obligations to consider. At no point do we think it'd be fun or fair for one team to forfeit a game simply because someone had to work, take care of their child, or study for an exam. That said, we do have a pretty decent plan inplace: we mean to kick things off on saturday the 15th, and have a number of games each week; as many as possible, with each team playing at least one set of games a week. We promise to let each team know, after speaking to the captains of both team, the casters and everyone else involved, when they'll be playing one week in advance.
3. How large of a group play together? Can I sign up on my own or with with a party of 3?
Right now, we're looking for full 5 man teams to compete. We also have set up a sister-thread for people who are interested in finding teams, and or, more members; that way, nobody should have any issue filling their 5 slots. We recommend a sixth player for each time, to serve as a replacement incase someone can't make the game.
4. Will all the games have predetermined times and will there be at least one neutral observer present at all games in case of any issues?
There will be pre-determined times once we have spoken to the captains of both teams, the casters and everyone else involved. Each team will know when they'll be playing a full week ahead of the game actually taking place. And yes, there will ALWAYS be, if not a set of casters, someone we have arranged, spectating each game, acting as a judge by ensuring that nobody unpauses when someone is lagging badly, etc. Keeping the game fair.
5. How will substitutes be handled and can they be chosen from those outside the tournament?
As previously mentioned, a sixth player is recommended for each team. Should even the sixth player not be able to make it, we will allow the team to fill their missing slot from a bench of approved players (further details on said players are forthcoming). Ofcourse, this will have to be done in advance of the game proper and with the blessing of the majority of all others involved.
6. Is there an individual min/max skill cap for the high bracket?
No. If you want to play in the high bracket, you enter at your own risk.
7. In terms of teams with players on different continents or a team playing against a team from a different continent, how will the server location be selected?
Server locations will be selected after speaking to each captain who will report to us each player's ability or disability to play in any area, ensuring that we can find the optimal situation to balance it out for all players involved. Once the date has been determined, we'll ask both teams to test our server choice, so that on the date of the game itself, there'll be no problems.
8. Is there anything being done to prevent smurfs from entering the Low-level bracket? I know it can be hard to tell whether someone with 5 wins is new or smurfing but I feel like it's too easy to create a new Steam account with DOTA2 and jump into the Low-level bracket and stomp people.
To a high degree, I'm afraid that as this isn't an official tournament, we cannot contact valve and ask for any information on the different players, and as such, we're going to have to put a decent amount of trust into the community not to behave in an underhanded way. That said; we will have ourselves a look at every player for every team (or appoint someone we find trustworthy to perform this duty) in order to detect any blatant discrepancies. Should anyone actually attempt to smuggle a smurf into their team, said team will consequently be disqualified. This is meant to be a community event and anyone who attempts to take advantage of that fact has no place here.
9. What happens if there'll end up being a lot more teams signing up for the high bracket than the lower one; will the maximum amount of allowed teams remain the same or is this number flexible?
We had originally envisioned the high bracket to serve as an introduction for the main attraction, the lower bracket, but depending on how many teams sign up for each bracket, we may find ourselves in a position where, for instance, we have 14 teams interested in the high bracket and 9 in the lower. Should such a situation arise, it is likely that we will expand upon the higher bracket and reduce the lower. That said; we aim to keep the bounderies intact, having one smaller bracket, and one larger for this tournament. Again, this is only a contingency plan.
This will list the teams that have, as of yet, signed up for the tournament and passed a preliminary background check. It is NOT the final draft. More information on each team is forthcoming.
|Bracket||Team Name||Team Tag|
|High||JUST GOTTA BELIEVE||GAF|
|High||That's Million Pucks||tamEPuck|
|High||Stupid Fat Hobbits||SFH|
|High||Mongolian Death Worm||MMMMM|
|High||The Brad Shoemakers||BS|
|Low||Divine Rapier MILFs||DRM|
*Full name: Matilha - lupus non mordet lupum. For those curious, it means "Pack - a wolf does not bite a wolf". It happens to be a great, although inaccurate phrase which perfectly show-cases the ridicolously complex dative of the Latin grammar. Although pack is in Portugese for whatever reason. They seem nice.
** Full name: "Divine Rapier, Motherfuckers." Sigh.
- Set One: "Stupid Fat Hobbits" vs "Me He" - Saturday, 15th of June, 11 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), 5 PM EDT, Best of 3 - Done
- Set Two: "Mongolian Death Worm" vs "That's Million Pucks" - Sunday, 16th of June, 9 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), 3 PM EDT, Best of 3 - Done
- Set Three: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "Titanium Eagles" - Saturday, 22nd of June, 2 PM EDT, 8 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Four: "The Brad Shoemakers" vs "/d2g/ Ocelots" - Saturday, 22nd of June, 9 pm EDT, 3 AM GMT +2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Five: "Mongolian Death Worm" vs "Me He" - Sunday, 23rd of June, 12 PM EDT (Noon), 6 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Six: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "/d2g/ Ocelots" - Friday, 28th of June, 8 PM EDT, 2 AM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Seven: "The Brad Shoemakers" vs "Titanium Eagles" - Sunday, 30th of June, 3 PM EDT, 9 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Eight: "That's Million Pucks" vs "Stupid Fat Hobbits" - Monday, 1st of July, 4 PM EDT, 10 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Nine: "Just Gotta' Believe" vs "Mongolian Deaths Worms" - Sunday, 7th of July, 2 PM EDT, 8 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
Set Ten: "The Brad Shoemakers" vs "/d2g/ Ocelots" - Saturday, 20th of July, 8 PM EDT, 2 AM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3
- Set Eleven: "Me He" vs "That's Million Pucks" - Sunday, 21st of July, 3 PM EDT, 9 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Twelve: "Me He" vs "The Brad Shoemakers" - Friday, 26th of July, 6 PM EDT, Midnight GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Thirteen: "Mongolian Death Worms" vs "Me He" - Sunday, 28th of July, 3 PM EDT, 9 PM GMT +2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Fourteen: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "Me He" - The grand finals. Sunday, the 18th of August, 3 PM EDT, 9 PM GMT +2 (Paris Time), Best of 5 - Done
Here's the Bracket
- Set One: "Stupid Fat Hobbits" vs "Me He" - ended in victory for "Me He" with 2-0. Here's the link to the match for those wanting to catch up.
- Set Two: "Mongolian Death Worm" vs "That's Million Pucks" - ended in victory for "Mongolian Death Worm" with 2-0. Here's the link.
- Set Three: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "Titanium Eagles" - ended in victory for "Just Gotta Believe" with 2-0. Here's the link, it might be the funniest DOTA game I've ever seen.
- Set Four: "The Brad Shoemakers" vs "/d2g/ Ocelots" - ended in victory for "/d2g/ Ocelots" with 2-1. Here's the link.
- Set Five: "Mongolian Death Worm" vs Me He" - ended in victory for "Mongolian Death Worm" with 2-1. Here's the link. Definitely the best set of games in the tournament yet.
- Set Six: " Just Gotta' Believe" vs "/d2g/ Ocelots" - ended in victory for "Just Gotta Believe" with 2-0. Here's the link. Another case of GAF ruining their enemy team.
- Set Seven: "The Brad Shoemakers" vs "Titanium Eagles" - ended in victory for "The Brad Shoemakers" with 2-0. Here's the link. With this, TE have been eliminated from the tournament. Kudos to 'em for participating.
- Set Eight: "That's Million Pucks" vs "Stupid Fat Hobbits" - ended in victory for "That's Million Pucks" with 2-1. Here's the link. A very unfortunate end to a very intense set of games.
- Set Nine: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "Mongolian Death Worms" - ended in victory for "Just Gotta Believe" with 2-0. Here's the link.
- Set Ten: "/d2g/ Ocelots" vs "The Brad Shoemakers" -was unfortunately cancelled by Ocelots. Their team has subsequently bowed out of the tournament.
- Set Eleven: "Me He" vs "That's Million Pucks" - ended in victory for "Me He" with 2-1. Here's the link.
- Set Twelve "Me He" vs "The Brad Shoemakers" - ended in victory for "Me He" with 2-1. Here's the link. Beware, DOTA network failures dragged it on for a good while.
- Set Thirteen: "Mongolian Death Worms" vs "Me he" - ended in victory for "Me He" with 2-0. Here's game one, and here's game two. With this game, "Me He" have advanced to the finals.
- Set Fourteen: "Just Gotta Believe" vs "Me He" - The grand finals. Ended in victory for "Just Gotta' Believe" with 3-0. Unfortuantely, due to techincal issues, it's been split into 3 parts. Here's the introduction and the draft for game one. The rest of the series is here. And finally, an interview with the winners can be found here.
- Gold: "Just Gotta' Believe"
Captain: "Ellen Pudge"
- Silver: "Me He"
- Bronze: aka
Captain: "Cardinal Sins"
- Set One: "Divine Rapier MILFs" vs "Matilha" - Saturday, 29th of June, 8 PM EDT, 2 AM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Two: "The Starcrafters" vs "Arcanist" - Sunday, 7th of June, 7 PM EDT, 1 AM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Three: "Arcanist" vs "Divine Rapier MILFs" - Saturday, 20th of July, 4 PM EDT, 10 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Four: "Matilha" vs "The Starcrafters" - Sunday, 21st of July, 6 PM EDT, Midnight GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3
- Set Five : "Divine Rapier MILFs" vs "The Starcrafters" - Sunday, 28th of July, 5:30 PM EDT, 11:30 PM GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 3 - Done
- Set Six: "Arcanist" vs "The Starcrafters" - Finals of the lower bracket, Sunday, the 4rth of August, 6 PM EDT, Midnight GMT + 2 (Paris Time), Best of 5 - Done
Here's the Bracket
- Set One: "Divine Rapier MILFs" vs "Matilha" - ended in victory for "Divine Rapier MILFs" with 2-0. Here's the link.
- Set Two: "The Starcrafters" vs "Arcanist" - ended in victory for "Arcanist" with 2-0. Here's the link.
- Set Three: "Arcanist" vs "Divine Rapier MILFs" - ended in victory for "Arcanist" with 2-0. Unfortunately the caster's power went mid-game, as such there are two individual links for the match. Here's the first link. And the second.
- Set Four: "Matilha" vs "The Starcrafters" - ended in victory for "The Starcrafters" with 2-0. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide you with a replay of the games as of yet. I will contact the captains for the teams to see if they might be able to provide us with one.
- Set Five: "Divine Rapier MILFs" vs "The Starcrafters" - ended in victory for "The Starcrafters" with 2-0. Unfortunately, game one was only partially streamed due to technical issues, we got the full game two for you, however.
- Set Six: "Arcanist" vs "The Starcrafters" - Finals of the lower bracket, ended in victory for "Arcanist" with 3-0. A rather anticlimatic end to our lower bracket tournament, unfortunately, but incredibly cohesive play by Arcanist. Here's the link as casted by your favourite, Grant.
- Gold: aka
- Silver: aka
- Bronze: aka
- The winners of each bracket will get to face off against Brad and his pals in a special episode of Daily DOTA, live-streamed on the site to thousands of viewers.
- A generous offer has been made from a member of the site to provide memberships/extensions to the winners of each bracket! Further details are forthcoming.
This is a work in progress, an experiment; more things might be added, so if you've signed up, please check back once in a while to check for updates. I'll make those obvious for you.
I, myself, will be signing up as captain of one of the teams; specifically "That's Million Pucks". In order to keep things fair, I will be organizing the time of matches, but not determining the actual match-ups, as that might benefit my team above others. Cheap is not involved in my team, nor any other, and as such, he is free to direct and delegate.
Finally, we hope you sign up, and welcome even those not involved in DOTA 2 to watch and enjoy.
Have a good one, duders.
UPDATE 1: Changed a lot of "LEVELS" to "WINS", thanks for the notice.
UPDATE 2: Added a Q&A section and answered some questions. Feel like I'm selling used cars.
UPDATE 3: Answered A LOT more questions and added an additional reward for the winners!
UPDATE 4: Added 3 full teams for the high bracket and answered another question.
UPDATE 5: Added another 2 teams.
UPDATE 6: Another team joins the low-bracket fray. Updated team-tags.
UPDATE 7: Added another team and another caster.
UPDATE 8: Yet another team has entered the frey.
UPDATE 9: Schedule for first two sets of matches are up!
Update 10: Quick changes to the summary and to the tournament section; explaining that both brackets will be double-elimination, and all games Bo3 except for possibly the final in the higher bracket which might be Bo5 if both teams consent. Also a further note under "disclaimers" regarding my own participation. Also added the twitch channel for one caster.
UPDATE 11: Added another team.
UPDATE 12: Added yet another team to the low bracket. Last day for sign-ups, beware!
UPDATE 13: Yet another low bracket team has entered the frey. Proper name and team tag pending.
UPDATE 14: Another two teams have entered the tournament. And with that; sign-ups have come to an end! We are sitting on a whopping 13 teams. 5 in the low bracket, and 8 in the high bracket. Thanks to everyone for participating. Check above for the schedule.
UPDATE 15: Added two more set of casters for the tournament. Check out their twitch channels above.
UPDATE 16: Added the results as well as the archive for the very first successful match-up of this tournament. We've also added a google-doc bracket for you fellas to look at. Check it under the results tab. Next set of games is today.
UPDATE 17: Added the link for the games. If anyone watched the wrong one, I apologize.
UPDATE 18: Added the result and the link for the second set of matches.
UPDATE 19: Added 3 more games to the schedule, among them our very first low-bracket game, check 'em out!
UPDATE 20: Changed the time for the first set of games this sunday to ensure that the two sets do not overlap.
UPDATE 21: Disqualified a team, GFQ Gaming from the lower bracket. Rescheduling the match.
UPDATE 22: Rescheduled one of the games due to the unavailability of one team. Set 4 is now on saturday the 22nd instead of sunday the 23rd.
UPDATE 23: Added another match for tomorrow to the schedule.
UPDATE 24: Added results and link for Set 3.
UPDATE 25: Added results and link for Set 4.
UPDATE 26: Added results and link for Set 5.
UPDATE 27: Added another game to the schedule for the high bracket, as well as a placeholder for a low-bracket game that WILL take place this saturday. More information coming tomorrow.
UPDATE 28: Changed EST to EDT across the board. Forgive this filthy european.
UPDATE 29: Added the low-bracket game.
UPDATE 30: Added two more games for the high-bracket schedule. Plenty of games this week-end, fellas.
UPDATE 31: Confirmed sunday's high bracket game. Unfortunately we have to reschedule saturday's low bracket team. AGAIN!
UPDATE 32: Added schedule and link for Set Six.
UPDATE 33: Added a low bracket game to the schedule.
UPDATE 34: Added the results and link of the first low-bracket game.
UPDATE 35: Added the results and link for Set Seven. With this, TE have been eliminated from the tournament.
UPDATE 36: Added the results and link for Set Eight. With this, SFH have been eliminated from the tournament.
UPDATE 37: Added another game to the schedule; hope to get at least one more set of games in this week-end. Oh, and I'm back. No, no, stop hugging me, that's just awkward.
UPDATE 38: Added another game to the schedule of the low bracket. Check it out! Two sets of games tomorrow.
UPDATE 39: Added the results and link for Set Nine of the high bracket.
UPDATE 40: Added the results and link for Set Two of the lower bracket.
UPDATE 41: Added two more games to the high-bracket schedule. We're back, baby!
UPDATE 42: Finalized this weekend's high-bracket schedule.
UPDATE 43: Added two lower-bracket games for this week-end to the schedule.
UPDATE 44: Added the results and links for Saturday's games.
UPDATE 45: Added the results and link for Sunday's games.
UPDATE 46: Updated the schedule.
UPDATE 47: Added the link to our last set of games and updated the schedule with two additional set of games taking place today, check 'em out above. I also finally added the visual bracket for the lower bracket.
UPDATE 48: Adjusted the time for Set 13 of the higher bracket.
UPDATE 49: Added results and link for Set 13 of the higher bracket.
UPDATE 50: Added the results of last night's game, as well as the link. Additionally, I've added two new sections titled "Winners", where the most successful 3 teams of each bracket and their accomplishments, including total wins and losses etc, will be listed. Still a work in progress.
UPDATE 51: The time for the higher bracket finals has been determined, lower to come soon.
UPDATE 52: SON OF A BITCH!
UPDATE 53: Lower bracket finals finally set up, check the schedule.
UPDATE 54: Added the link and results for the finals of the low bracket, and updated the "Winners" section accordingly. Congratulations to the winners!
UPDATE 55: Finally added the schedule for the grand finals of our upper bracket tournament. This sunday, don't miss it!
UPDATE 57: Added the results for the high bracket finals. Links to come tomorrow.
UPDATE 58: Added the link for the high bracket finals and the interview.
UPDATE 59: VOD of Grant and I casting the show-match between the Daily DOTA gang and team "Just Gotta' Believe" aka "GAF" can now be accessed under rewards. I'll make a new thread in the coming days where people can post tips and ask questions about the next tournament.