There will be a EU-region 1v1 tournament for what might become a series (the Mode Proving Grounds) played between 22.2. and 22.3. in a NEW game mode resembling Clan Arena.
Watch out for a new topic coming as soon as I find out the exact time of day... this is going to turn into a 1-day event instead on the 22.3.
Meanwhile most of the info below still applies.
Handicapped Arena (1v1)
So what's Handicapped Arena you ask? It's a game mode I created that isn't tied with id to make that clear. In essence it's Clan Arena without the ability to strafe. You can rocket jump around and the floors are slidey so the gameplay is still very fluid. Here is the pre-set if you want to check it out:
If you look closely you'll notice the following:
-you get the rockets, plasma, grenades and the gauntlet, there's infinite ammo
-minimal weapon switch time
-the rockets and plasma are unaltered
-the grenades have twice the regular muzzle velocity
-the gauntlet deals 200 damage
-draw by health is on, as is now the default
The idea with the altered grenades is they're good for countering any camping strategies and attacking an opponent higher up than you, the gt damage is increased because it's not really used in regular CA but this way there's an actual chance it could come in handy (neither pun intended!).
Here's a YouTube upload
showing a basic match in this mode (I also talk about my clan on the video so you get some more background on how this came to be).
With this first tournament the prize money comes from within the F-U-N clan (where we test game modes like this) but if people want there to be more tournaments like this in the future we will start accepting donations. That's all open for now.
$75 first spot, $50 second and $25 third
SINGLE elimination. ro32 & ro16 are to 3 round wins, ro8 & ro4 to 4 round wins and [bronze] finals to 5 round wins.
The first two maps should be familiar to most players. After then we get into less played territory. All the maps have been carefully picked with this game mode in mind.
All match days are Sundays.
-ro32 on 22nd of Feb. generally between 2PM-6PM GMT (you'll be informed when exactly your match should take place and there's some room for negotiation)
-ro16 on the 1st of March generally between 2PM-6PM GMT
-ro8 & ro4 on the 8th of March 3PM to maybe 5PM GMT - These will be streamed so punctuality is required.
-bronze finals and finals on the 22nd of March, I'll edit the time in as soon as I know but I predict between 2PM and 6PM. These will be both streamed online and cast live at a Finnish gaming event called KGEx so again punctuality is required.
-more details after sign-ups are over
Make sure you're recording demos and are ready to provide them for inspection if something weird happens. Keep them for 2 weeks after the tournament just in case.
When it's time to start your match, you should already be in the IRC by then. If you're missing we may give your spot to a spare player.
Don't start matches without an admin present. The admins all have the F-U-N clan tag.
Sportsmanship applies: uncivil conduct may result in kicks. Admins make decisions as fair as possible.
For added emphasis, this is a 1v1 tournament so you don't need a team.
Sign-ups to LotBlind
, we will select the 32 sign-ups with the highest elo in CA (and several spare players) from the Europe/Russia player pool, but since this isn't EXACTLY Clan Arena we
might well make exceptions for players with merits mostly in other game modes or "factoring in" recent activity etc.
are llikely to make the decisions in a pretty arbitrary way allowing for players of various disciplines to participate. The single important thing is you need to already have a pretty good command of rocket jumping since without it you'll be kinda lost.
Your account has to be 5 months old with 500 matches in CA and/or other similar modes (A&D?). Depending on the number and type of sign-ups we might be able to flex on this as well so feel free to try your luck.
Seeing as this hasn't immediately triggered a deluge of sign-ups I'm removing these limitations. I think they make people scared of trying their luck with this tournament.
Sign-ups end on Sun 15th February and you'll be informed whether you get to play on the day after. When you sign up, let me know the following:
-name of account you will be playing on
-favored server location
During the tournament we will provide you with the servers. Before then you can use the pre-set given above to get your practice servers up but if you don't have a subscription and can't get anyone to help you we
will be able to arrange for some servers that people can practice on. Let me know if you need that. There will also be an IRC channel we will use during the tournament that you can get on before and during it to look for practice partners and practice servers
. More info will be given on sign-up.
Here's a little personal elaboration from me. If you watched the YT video I linked you'll know something about the clan I'm heading. For me this is about testing new ideas and seeing how well they work on all levels. I'm grateful to all players who want to sign up for it (whether you get in or not) because it means you at least are ready to try something new and after it's over I'm open to all feedback. No-one outside the clan has (to my knowledge) been practising playing like this so this is more a race to see who can adapt the fastest (only 3 weeks before the first round starts!), not who is already the best or most experienced.
If it should grow popular enough maybe some game will even implement it officially. It really is designed with QL in mind though and I don't know how it will work in other games.
I'm keeping the scale of the tournament quite moderate because this is the first one I'm organizing and I just want to keep it pretty simple. Feel free to comment afterwards on the tournament format as well in case any further tournaments in this or another new game mode will be held later.
and any other F-U-N clan members you see.