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    Pro tour 2018


    (thanks to TJ Sleeping Dragon for the awesome graphics)

    What is pro tour?
    It’s a series of competitions organized and supervised by ProTour committee. In these competitions players can win standard prizes but what’s more important is reaching the finals. Players that reach finals* will directly compete for spots in Shadow Era’s World Championship 2018**.
    *Quantity of players for PT finals will be specified in the rules below.
    **Quantity of players that will qualify for WC2018 to be decided.

    Summary (a quick look of what is largely explained below)
    1- PT is now individual and not team based.
    2- New pointing system
    3- Finals are now 2 weekends
    4- X spots in WC2018 will be given
    5- How to host a PT event
    6- Tournament organizers will also get prizes (minimum 32 players’ tournaments)

    Format of the competition.
    In opposition to previous years, PT will be now an individual point board. This year your own effort will take you all the way to the finals instead of being carried by a team mate.
    There will be several tournaments labeled as PT during 2018 and each one of them will grant points for the PT point board. The better you do in this tournament, the more points you’ll get taking in count special rules that will be explained later on this same thread.
    How to sign up for these year’s PT? As simple as looking for any tournament with a PT label in the Shadow Era forum. You won’t need to do anything else (just an advice: try to use the same IGN every time or in case of changing it, update your IGN when you sign up for a new tournament).

    Kinds of PT tournaments.


    Pointing System.

    Each player will win 1 point per round won in a PT Tournament, understanding round for each opponent faced in a match (exceptions will be explained later on ). But this is just the standard pointing and there will be bonus points that we explain below.


    EDIT: The points system (based on requiring 64 players to be called Grand which has double the points of a Major event with 32-63 players) came into question when the size was very close to 64. We looked at different ways to solve it but couldn't agree which solution to use. The Board of Directors became involved and decided on the following solution:

    All PT events should just be treated as Grand. Every single one has majority of players requiring six rounds to win, so having some for half points of others is not fair. The PT point spreadsheet already has the first 4 already with Grand points, so no change is necessary to that - just add all new event results based on the Grand point system.


    Exceptions in pointing rewards.

    Round robin group format: The entire group stage will be counted as a whole which means 1 point for those that advance to next round. Then is 1 point for each round in playoffs won. In case of a entire RR tournament, each opponent defeated will grant you 1 point.
    Double elimination format: The Loser’s brackets or Second chance brackets will be counted as a normal playoffs format granting 1 point per round win. Final of Loser’s brackets won’t be considered as a real final and just as a simple semifinal.

    Tournament with uneven quantity of players: Tournament Organizers would always look for what its called “Tournament perfect numbers” this means having 8, 16, 32, 64, 128… players, these numbers give perfect pairings besides making easier to understand brackets. The thing is that you can’t deny participation to any player that wants to sign for a PT event so the chances of getting these “perfect tournament numbers” are low. In these cases any bracket generator online will add an extra first round to reach these perfect numbers. This extra round won’t grant a point for the winners. This is because the extra round is not for everyone and might be unfair for those not having to play it being one point below of those that where forced to play it.

    Pointing board and PT Finals.
    After each PT event finishes, points will be calculated and granted to the players that will add them to the General Pointing Board. At the end of October, leader* of point board will directly qualify to WC and the next Top X** players from the pointing board (starting from second place of leader board) will qualify for a final special tournament where the WC tickets will become the main prize***.
    *In case of a tie for first place of leader board, tiebreakers will be applied.
    Tiebreaker 1 – best point performance overall PT Tournaments
    Tiebreaker 2 – best attendance overall PT Tournaments
    Tiebreaker 3 - TBD
    **Number of qualified players to be announced.
    *** Extra prizes to be announced.
    In case of tied places in the general pointing board, points won in latest tournament will be an advantage. The closest the tournament won is to PT finals date, more chances to win the tie. This is due to assure active players reaching finals, there had been examples of players winning a tournament in march and qualifying for the finals in November with a big chance that this player has left the game in the middle.

    PT Finals format

    Swiss is the chosen format for finals having them in 2 separated weekends by November. How it was explained before, leader of the score board qualifies directly to WC18 while the rest up to rank 25th will have to fight their way in the finals:
    10th to 25th will play the first weekend where only the top 8 will qualify to the second weekend.
    2nd to 9th go directly to second weekend where the remaining WC spots will be given.

    How to host a PT Event.

    Anyone can host a PT Event and to apply you just need to reply to this thread showing your interest on hosting and explaining a bit the format of your tournament. A PT member of the committee will contact the interested organizer and give him the corrections (in case of needing them) or just a pm letting the player know his/her event is being considered.
    A voting will be held between the PT committee and only those tournaments approved by the member’s majority will be capable to add the PT label to his/her competition.
    Special prizes for PT hosts: having the PT label will grant a good number of signed up players but besides that each host deserves a gratification*

    Tournament organizers hosting tournaments with 32 or more players will receive 5 PACs (pick a card) courtesy of Shadow Era’s directors board.

    During the time the PT tournament goes on, a PT Committee member will supervise what happens with the organization and participation of players. At the end of the event, the tournament organizer must post a link in this thread or send it via pm to any PT member.
    No player can be banned for a PT event unless Shadow Era’s board asks for it by an official statement.
    There is no limit of players for a PT tournament and all players that signed up, will play.
    Special rules for formats and deck building: All tournament formats are initially accepted to later be discussed case by case by the committee before the approving voting.
    In case of deck building, no cards or decks can be banned with the exception of special rulings added by the host and approved by PT Committee.
    In any case, PT Committee will have the last deciding word.

    PT committee members and their contact in telegram:

    @Othon_Manolakos, @paxvobiscu, @GXEXILE, @BTInzektrHornet, @RS_PhillipW, @tjdubdub, @Mip33, @Phantom_BoD
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    Last edited by Veles; 11-03-2018 at 05:31 PM. Reason: list update
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    Here you will find informations about current points earned by players:

    PRO TOUR 2018 STANDINGS


    Thanks to SD Offspring for the great work.

    Players have till Friday 9/11/2018 23:59gmt to doublecheck their and their opponents’ pts and raise objections. After that time, list will be considered final
    We suggest doing that sooner than later. Also we suggest to players near the 25th spot to be around that day so as to take advantage of any dropouts
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    Awesome changes! (we'll read them properly later )

    I am interested in hosting a PT tournament like the previous years. The format will be the same as last year's Ruler of Balor: http://www.shadowera.com/showthread....RO-TOUR-EVENT)
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    Thank you for your effort!

    I would like to host a PT event for God's Eye II:
    http://www.shadowera.com/showthread....ts-God%92s-Eye

    There might be slight adjustments but the main theme is the same. Looking forward for more participants.

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    We will add you both to a chat room
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    First two tournaments approved opened inscriptions guys. We hope to populate more than ever this pro tour.
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    Removing teams should make things easier then before. A couple of downsides may be that you're still forced to play as many events as you can in order to score points, and that there are still so many details left to be announced. But all in all the format seems enjoyable, I may finally give it a try.

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    I am interested in running a tournament using HS conquest format: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hfGtSMPUMg

    For more details @etcVeles me on TG.

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    Where can you see the current points/player btw?

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