Duelyst World Championship Circuit: Sanctioned Community Tournaments

by Counterplay Games  /  July 15, 2016

Sanctioned Community Tournaments

As part of the Duelyst 2016 World Championship Circuit, sanctioned community tournaments will be required to follow specific requirements that guarantee these events remain fair and competitive for all its participants. Continuing the article series covering all the specifics to the DWC, here are these very requirements tournament organizers will have to abide by in order to be eligible to give out DWC Circuit Points.

Tournament Submission Form

In order to request that your tournament gets sanctioned and receive Circuit Points, you’ll have to fill out and submit this Tournament Submission Form. You must submit this Form at least fourteen days before your event goes live in order for it to be able to receive Circuit Points. All requests will be processed and analyzed within 48 hours, after which we’ll send you a reply letting you know if your tournament’s being sanctioned and receiving Circuit Points. If you’d like to know more about the exact numbers you can check out the Duelyst World Championship Circuit Announcement in which we go through and explain how Sanctioned Tournaments will work and how many Circuit Points they’ll give out.

Before filling the form however, we strongly recommend that you read through the following rules your tournament will have to adopt and follow in order to be eligible to earn and distribute these Circuit Points.

Open to All

All Sanctioned Tournaments must be free to enter. No player can be prevented from participating in a Sanctioned Tournament provided he or she has a valid account from which he or she can play.

Free to Play

Sanctioned Tournaments are prohibited from charging any kind of entry free.

Minimum Number of Participants

In order for any participant to receive Circuit Points on a sanctioned tournament, a minimum of 32 different players must play an entire match.

Bracket Types

Sanctioned Tournaments must adopt a bracket format that is considered balanced and fair. Organizers are allowed to use any of the following bracket types in their tournaments:

  • Group Stages into Bracket Play
  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Single Elimination Bracket
  • Swiss Rounds

If you intend to use a different bracket type that’s not listed above, please select and fill the “Other” option when filling out the Tournament Submission Form. We’ll analyze your request and send a reply letting you know the validity of the suggested format.

Match Formats

Tournaments are required to choose one of the following sanctioned match formats to be eligible to award Circuit Points.

With the addition of the Deck Identifier Codes we strongly recommend that you enforce the usage of decklists (thus preventing unlimited sideboarding) in your tournaments as all Season Qualifiers, Duelyst Opens and the World Championship itself will require and keep track of all participants’ decklists.

Keep in mind that while sideboarding is still allowed, we believe that providing players with a competitive experience that closely resembles the rules and conditions of official Counterplay tournaments will benefit and reward players’ that are looking to qualify for the Duelyst World Championship.

  • Bloodborn:
    • Players register three Generals, each from a different faction.
    • Players can choose up to two of their generals to play with during a match.
    • This choice resets whenever a player starts a new match.
    • Players are not required to inform their opponents which factions they are going to play with.
  • Senerai:
    • Players register three Generals, each from a different faction.
    • Whenever a game ends, the winning player’s squad can no longer be used for the rest of the match.
    • The losing player may keep the same squad he or she just used or switch to one of his or her available choices.
    • Before starting a match players must inform their opponents their General lineup.
  • Aestari:
    • Players register three Generals, each from a different faction.
    • Whenever a game ends, the winning player has to keep using the squad he or she has just won with.
    • Conversely, squads that are defeated during a game are eliminated and can no longer be used for the rest of the match.
    • Before starting a match players must inform their opponents their General lineup.

If you wish to use another match format that’s not listed above, select and fill the “Other” option when filling out the Tournament Submission Form. We’ll analyze your request and send a reply letting you know the validity of the suggested format.

Tournament Stream

Organizers are required to stream any and all tournaments that are sanctioned by Counterplay Games to give out Circuit Points. These streams must broadcast at least the tournament’s semifinals, third place match and finals. A link to the recording of the tournament’s stream’s will have to be provided later on when organizers submit the tournament’s winners.

We have a Discord server dedicated to helping tournament organizers find casters that can host and cast their tournaments. If you’d like to join that server all you have to do is go to Discord and message Justice#9521 asking for an invitation.

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It is strictly forbidden for Sanctioned Tournaments’ streams to contain, mention, present or advertise any organization that sells or is associated with any kind of Pornography, Firearms, Gambling, Alcohol, Tobacco or Cigarettes. This includes any promotional material and announcements made to promote such tournament streams.

Visible Brackets

Sanctioned Tournaments must have a tournament page where the bracket(s) containing all match results and the participants’ IGNs (In Game Name) are displayed. Any and all brackets must be visible to the public as well as to Counterplay Games.

Code of Conduct

Duelyst Tournaments of any kind are expected to be fair and competitive events, but at the same time it is equally important that their players have a good, positive experience. That being said, we encourage tournament organizers and tournament goers to be friendly and kind towards one another and that an open line of communication is kept so all participants can have a good time when joining a competitive Duelyst event.

While this isn’t a requirement know that we will look for players’ feedback on their tournament experiences and reach out to organizers in order to ensure that Duelyst tournaments are in line with what we and the community expect of them.