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Zubrin
07-06-2015, 01:53 PM
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We are pleased to be able to share with you the details of the FiveShards Ruby Cup, Season 2 sponsored by TecNoPhi!

On July 18th-19th, many shard-masters will compete for a chance to take home the coveted Ruby Cup presented by TecNoPhi; this is the second tournament in Season 2 of the FiveShards Shard Cup Series (http://fiveshards.com/the-shard-cup/) (Note: we still would like to get two new sponsors for this season, if you are interested, contact us at fiveshards@gmail.com!).

The Ruby Cup is standard constructed—that is, all current PVP sets are legal including Armies of Myth.

Register here at the Battlefy page (http://battlefy.com/fiveshards/tecnophi-presents-the-fiveshards-ruby-cup/559991b3d826a345000a856a/info). Confirmation begins at 8:00am PDT (You must pre-register and provide a deck list) and the tournament starts at 9:00am PDT. To confirm, you must log in to Battlefy, go to the tournament, and push the confirmation button. If you do not confirm your registration prior to the tournament beginning, the tournament will drop you and we cannot re-add you to the tournament.

The top 8 will begin promptly at 10:00am PDT on Sunday, July 19th.

Prizes

1st: 48 Set 3 Packs
2nd: 32 Set 3 Packs
3rd-4th: 16 Set 3 Packs
5th-8th: 10 Set 3 Packs
9th: 8 Set 3 Packs
10th-16th: 6 Set 3 Packs
17th-32nd: 3 Set 3 Packs

Random Door Prizes:

Set 3 Primal Pack
Set 3 Primal Pack
Set 3 Primal Pack

We will be drawing the door prizes at the conclusion of round 2.

Specific Rules

1. We will stream the tournament from www.twitch.tv/fiveshards. We will cast all pairings, coverage, and rulings on this channel. Players should have it open/accessible to hear updated news. If you are casting the game, we highly recommend you use a card blocker and/or broadcast delay to enable us to do feature match coverage.

2. Reserves and Decklists: We allow a 15-card reserve. Consequently, we require decklists of all participants. Decklists must include the Champion, 60+ card main deck, 0 or 15 card reserve (must be exactly zero or fifteen), and any gems used in the initial deck configuration. All participants must submit their decklists to us using this form (link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dchzSkxe00tDhQk7K_wy-6vuT4cle4IoYN39Rj0ElPI/viewform?usp=send_form)) by 8:00am PDT (WorldClock (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Ruby+Cup+Registration+Deadline&iso=20150718T08&p1=137)) on the morning of the tournament, July 18th. Do not post screenshots. Submissions must be entered in text. We will post the full set of decklists after the final round completes and also highlight the top 8 decklists. You may change gems during reserves/sideboarding, but not in-between matches.

Template for Decklist

Champion

Maindeck:
4x Card1
4x Card2
4x Card3
2x Card4 (Prime Ruby of Destruction)
So forth

Reserves:
4x More cards
4x More cards

3. Confirmation: Confirmation begins at 8:00am PDT (WorldClock (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Ruby+Cup+Registration+Deadline&iso=20150718T08&p1=137)) and the tournament starts at 9:00am PDT (WorldClock (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Ruby+Cup+Start+Time&iso=20150718T09&p1=137)). To confirm your participation, just log into Battlefy at any point within an hour prior to the start of the tournament (8:00-9:00am PDT) and click the "Confirm" Button. If you do not confirm your registration prior to the tournament beginning, the tournament will automatically drop you; we cannot add dropped players once the tournament starts.

4. Matches: If enabled, matches will occur in the best 2 of 3 matches through the client. Each match will be determined by the player that wins two games out of three. The match ends when one player wins two games. The client will decide the turn order in the first game using a coin flip. The loser of the previous game will determine if they play or draw in game.

5. Reserves: If enabled, the client will handle this. If not, then Players get 2 minutes to side in and out their cards.

6. End-of-time Procedure: For most cases, time will occur through the client. If a person runs out of time, they lose the match no matter if they have won a previous game in the match. In rare cases, we may have to restart a match. In those cases, people will follow the end of time procedures as follows: When time is over, the current turn will finish and the players will play five more turns (combined, not each.) If neither player has won two games at this point and neither player has more wins, then the match is a draw. If, after 5 turns, the match is 1-0, then the player with one win wins the match.

7. Slow Play: If in a best-of-three match via the client, slow play does not matter. However, if two players cannot use the client, then we offer the following procedure: Since we are not watching all the games in person, it is difficult for us to determine slow play. However, if you are streaming and your opponent seems to be intentionally playing slow, call a judge over to your stream and we will observe the match. The escalation of penalties for slow play is: warning, time reduction for the offending player's clock, game loss, match loss.

8. Bugged Game Policy: Unfortunately, there are times when the game may substantially bug out or make it impossible to preserve the state of the game. If the players can preserve the state of the game, they should make efforts to do so. If the game bugs in a way that the players cannot agree to play through, neither player has fatal damage on the board/hands (if streaming or through provided screenshots), neither player is willing to concede the match, and the bug prevents the match from proceeding, then players are to restart the game. Players do not get extra time for bugged games.

A. Unfortunately, there are several bugs where we cannot confirm the precise steps needed to replicate. In interactive cases, we will have to treat several bugs "as is". That is, play will proceed as if the bug were intended. Unfortunately, the number of existing bugs that we were unable to catch suggests that the number of restarts would be higher than necessary for the tournament.

B. If a bug fundamentally breaks the state of the game, we may have the players restart the game or match. The threshold for this categorization is higher and may include instances where a player's self interactions trigger the bug.

C. If you find an interactive bug in your match that we have not listed, please report it to us. We will try to keep a running list of "as is" bugs on the FiveShards website for quick reference. Additionally, if you find a bug that fundamentally negates your opponents cards, not only are you obligated to inform the judging team, but you should inform your future opponents. For example, if we were to discover the Nibbler bug mid-tournament, it would be the player's obligation to tell each future opponent that their debuff effects will not work on the card.

9. The administrators of the tournament are also the judges for the event. For the Ruby Cup, the head judge is Zubrin and we will have a few judges on hand that will exist as the first point of contact. We will have a procedures and penalties document up prior to the tournament.

10. If your deck is built around exploiting a bugged card that is clearly bugged in your own testing, you will forfeit the match you are currently in and we will drop you from the tournament. Since this is early in the set, there is a possibility that people will discover bugs not yet reported. All such bugs should be reported to the tournament administrators for banning consideration (as well as CZE). We strive to ensure the integrity of the tournament.

11. Deck Checks: If a player suspects that an opponent is playing with cards that are not in their original configuration for game one, or if they are playing with cards that are not in their decklist or reserves, the player can immediately ask for a deck check. A tournament judge will then cross-check the suspected cards with the submitted decklist. If the player is found in violation, they automatically lose the game. If a player is found to make the mistake a third time, we will escalate the penalty to a match loss. Players may request two deck checks throughout the tournament and checks resulting in penalties will not count against the player's total number of checks.

12. Any player caught cheating or attempting to cheat will be dealt with at the discretion of tournament organizers, including but not limited to disqualification, banning from future events, and withholding prizes.

13. Feature Match Policy: If you are playing in the Ruby Cup and are streaming, we take that as consent that you are willing to allow us to use your stream as a feature match on the main channel (twitch.tv/fiveshards (http://twitch.tv/fiveshards)). If, however, you would not like us to do this, please let us know as soon as possible and we will not host your stream. If you would like, you can use our official card.

14. To drop from the tournament, you will submit a request to us via this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QoGtj1eMrD6iGTj3HOjTfw3tLE0gtrl0H7I3zNa_tmU/viewform?usp=send_form). You need to use your safeword (entered with deck registration) to properly drop from the tournament. New Rule for Season 2: If a player decides to end the tournament early, but does not fill out the drop form to remove themselves from the pool (or does not individually remove themselves from the tournament via battlefy) they will lose 1 Shard Cup point. Please drop from the tournament so we do not have any dead games.

15. The play order for the first game in each match of the top 8 is determined by seeding.

Zubrin
07-06-2015, 01:54 PM
Banned and Restricted List

We do not expect to ban any cards quite yet, but we will issue warnings and bans if we find any cards that are degenerate to the tournament experience. Additionally, since the client can play best of three matches, we will treat card interactions "As is" and play through what bugs may exist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the sponsor for this tournament?

Tecnophi! He sponsored the second tournament last season as well. He is a swell community member.

You can sponsor Cups? How do I get in on that action?

As of May 24th, we will be accepting new sponsors for Season 2 of the Cup Tournament Series. We ask sponsors for roughly $560 in prize support to get their name attached to the largest tournament series in Hex. We will promote a particular guild, recruitment drive, link to some other function, or even a product if we can mutually agree on sponsorship. If you are interested, email us at fiveshards@gmail.com. I recommend emailing us soon as Season 1 sponsorships were gone within the first month!

I would rather help you all run the event than play, is there any chance you are looking for a few extra hands to help run things?

Absolutely. We would like for people to play if they would prefer doing that, but we also realize that even with the four of us last time, it would be easier to run things with a couple extra hands on deck. Primarily, at this point, we are interested in getting people to help us run judging. We think there will be fewer decisions this time around, but we want to make sure those casting the matches are not also embroiled in judging decisions. We may also be willing to enlist a few additional people to help shoutcast matches, but space for that is limited at the moment. If you want to help judge or have other ways you are interested in contributing, please do email us at fiveshards@gmail.com. We will have a formal call for judges up within the next week.

Really? You are making us play with set 3 cards within 4 days after the new set release? Are you some sort of monster, devil, or void society member.

Yup!

You know it is release celebration weekend then, right?

Yup! The tournament date has been on the books for months and we already rescheduled it due to the charity event; we are not going to push or cancel this event. Some players may try to play both this tournament and release events simultaneously. We caution you to watch your time.

I am not pleased with your decisions.

That is neither a question nor frequently asked.

I am not pleased with your decisions?

Okay.

What if set 3 gets delayed?

Then the tournament format will be set 1 + set 2 constructed. The prizes will remain in set 3 packs, but we won't be able to give out prizes until the patch hits.

The_Lannisters
07-06-2015, 02:06 PM
I'm surprised you guys are running this over the celebration weekend. Also, so soon after AoM becomes available, tough to get enough cards to play ...

PentaChills
07-06-2015, 02:47 PM
I'm surprised you guys are running this over the celebration weekend. Also, so soon after AoM becomes available, tough to get enough cards to play ...

The celebration weekend is taking place on Ruby Cup weekend. ;)

Also, it will not be too hard to get cards to play, since you're not limited to set 3 cards by any stretch of the imagination. Although I suppose if you want to make a particular AoM deck idea work, you'll wanna crack some packs early.

Just to preempt similar comments though, release events/tournaments happen synchronously all the time.

It's an unexplored frontier for now, the Wild Wild West, baby.

GPrime
07-06-2015, 02:50 PM
I'm sure the decision wasn't made lightly. There's a shard cup every month--on occasion it'll be on a day that isn't convenient for whatever reason, but if you dance around with dates too much it becomes unpredictable and you'll have times where you have them two weeks in a row. Not ideal.

This weekend is bad because of charity event. Next weekend is bad because of set release. The weekend after that is bad because of VIP. Then the following weekend is Gencon/Convocation. You can't really win, can you?

Now what they did do that was smart was switch the Ruby and Diamond cups this season. Diamond cup is Block Constructed, and so only set 3 would be legal. Now that is a little much four days after release.

Saeijou
07-06-2015, 03:16 PM
HYPE!!! :)
have to figure out how to play some tourneys around that cup though...

PentaChills
07-06-2015, 03:20 PM
HYPE!!! :)
have to figure out how to play some tourneys around that cup though...

Gauntlet between rounds? ;)

Poetic
07-06-2015, 03:22 PM
Gauntlet between rounds? ;)

Really good suggestion.

Saeijou
07-06-2015, 03:33 PM
Gauntlet between rounds? ;)

I bet a lot of aggro decks are played to end rounds quickly ;)

tecnophi
07-06-2015, 03:33 PM
Gauntlet between rounds? ;)


Really good suggestion.

I'm rather afraid the casters being busy with Gauntlet matches... :p

ossuary
07-06-2015, 04:00 PM
You all have fun with your 14 hour tournament on release weekend, I'll happily sell all of you the rare AAs you're missing afterwards. ;)

poizonous
07-06-2015, 07:18 PM
Yeah sorry guys i can't see playing in this when there are time sensitive AA's to be earned. Silly to move the date for a charity stream . People could play in tournament and watch stream at same time if they wanted. People can't play in two tournaments at once

Tazelbain
07-07-2015, 08:15 AM
Yeah sorry guys i can't see playing in this when there are time sensitive AA's to be earned. Silly to move the date for a charity stream . People could play in tournament and watch stream at same time if they wanted. People can't play in two tournaments at onceYour priorities aren't necessarily their priorities. This is a free tournament. A smaller tournament isn't a bad thing just means the people serious about competitive PvP have a better shot at prizes and points.

I want to play but I am net-deck scrub and playing while the meta in flux scares me.

Saeijou
07-07-2015, 08:22 AM
it's all about the glory!!! ;)

nicosharp
07-07-2015, 09:15 AM
You all have fun with your 14 hour tournament on release weekend, I'll happily sell all of you the rare AAs you're missing afterwards. ;)
Although I am banned by my wife from Saturday tournaments anyways now... The release weekend queue is probably what I'll be trying to do with any free time I can find. It's cool to see all these events now both externally and internally, that give players a lot of things to look forward to. Variety is the spice of life. With that said, a potentially low amount of entries to this tournament increase players odds to perform well enough to score at least 3 free set 3 packs.

The_Lannisters
07-07-2015, 12:58 PM
it's all about the glory!!! ;)

I wonder if that Diamond-Sapphire deck I copied from yours would still be competitive with AoM in the mix! :p

Zubrin
07-07-2015, 01:09 PM
Although I am banned by my wife from Saturday tournaments anyways now... The release weekend queue is probably what I'll be trying to do with any free time I can find. It's cool to see all these events now both externally and internally, that give players a lot of things to look forward to. Variety is the spice of life. With that said, a potentially low amount of entries to this tournament increase players odds to perform well enough to score at least 3 free set 3 packs.

Do I need to send a letter to your wife?

nicosharp
07-07-2015, 01:58 PM
Do I need to send a letter to your wife?
She wouldn't find it amusing or convincing. Stubborn.

Zubrin
07-07-2015, 02:25 PM
She wouldn't find it amusing or convincing. Stubborn.

I can put it on letter head and you can claim that it is a doctor's note.

Saeijou
07-07-2015, 04:30 PM
I wonder if that Diamond-Sapphire deck I copied from yours would still be competitive with AoM in the mix! :p

well... the first cup i played in set2 was with the archmage-dreamer set1 deck... i went top8 with it... and only had 3 verdicts as set2 cards in the sidedeck ^^

magic_gazz
07-07-2015, 04:48 PM
The new set shouldn't change too much in just a short window, most people will be playing old decks as they have the cards and they know how they work.

Im willing to bet there are a couple of guys who have been furiously theorycrafting since the spoilers became available. I am not one of those people though, I will probably just end up using a couple of sweet commons from the new set.

It will be a great time for people playing the queues though as most of the competitive people will be in the ruby cup.

tecnophi
07-08-2015, 05:57 PM
It is also important to note that the Ruby Cup happens one week before the official VIP tournament. Great opportunity to practice piloting a new deck, and face up against new decks in the meta.

With FiveShards publishing full decklists, it will be the first time look at the meta with Set 3.

Zubrin
07-13-2015, 02:19 PM
After talking with Tecnophi, he has decided to keep all prizes in Set 3 boosters. This means that we won't be able to award prizes until the patch hits, but they will be that much juicier.

desk
07-13-2015, 06:44 PM
After talking with Tecnophi, he has decided to keep all prizes in Set 3 boosters. This means that we won't be able to award prizes until the patch hits, but they will be that much juicier.

good guy Tecnophi, I am not really surpriced

poizonous
07-13-2015, 07:00 PM
Now if only I could get myself to be interested in the year old meta...

Maylick
07-14-2015, 01:47 AM
Now if only I could get myself to be interested in the year old meta...

Don't be so salty, man. Also, Set 2 was released December so it's about half a year.

poizonous
07-14-2015, 03:53 AM
Wasnt being salty honestly, just bored of the meta, was really hoping they would bump the tournament back to meet the launch of set 3. The delay to set 3 really causes a cluster**** over the next few weekends

Poetic
07-14-2015, 05:35 AM
Things will hopefully get better one day when HEX can get on a proper schedule and release sets on target. Then community sites like Five Shards can plan in advance better. As it stands you never know when the sets are coming and if they'll release on time.

Five Shards does a tremendous job for the community and I'm glad they stuck to their guns last week. Worked out for them even if we're stuck with a stale meta.

Deckofmanythings
07-14-2015, 05:09 PM
Things will hopefully get better one day when HEX can get on a proper schedule and release sets on target. Then community sites like Five Shards can plan in advance better.

The Shard Cups are not a slave to the release dates of Hex Entertainment. They will almost always occur on the 2nd full weekend of the month. The only reason this month's (July) wasn't on the weekend of the 11th/12th is because of the Charity Stream taking their shoutcasters/judges.

If you want to plan ahead to participate in the Shard Cup series, you just need to clear your second full weekend of the month (or just the Saturday if you don't think you're going to Top 8). The sets will fall where they fall, and currently there are no official monthly events on that weekend, unlike the final full weekend of the month.

Saeijou
07-14-2015, 10:26 PM
The Shard Cups are not a slave to the release dates of Hex Entertainment. They will almost always occur on the 2nd full weekend of the month. The only reason this month's (July) wasn't on the weekend of the 11th/12th is because of the Charity Stream taking their shoutcasters/judges.

If you want to plan ahead to participate in the Shard Cup series, you just need to clear your second full weekend of the month (or just the Saturday if you don't think you're going to Top 8). The sets will fall where they fall, and currently there are no official monthly events on that weekend, unlike the final full weekend of the month.

exactly cory! plan your stuff correctly next time!!! ;)

jonsnow2000
07-16-2015, 10:15 AM
Hey guys, I just received a notification from Battlefy that the tourney starts tomorrow (Friday). That's an error, right?

Zubrin
07-16-2015, 12:43 PM
Hey guys, I just received a notification from Battlefy that the tourney starts tomorrow (Friday). That's an error, right?

Yes, fixed now.

ShadowIronblood
07-16-2015, 03:23 PM
I have to work saturday but would like to attend, how do matches work once i have an opponent? Like would i be timed out if i dont finish a match at a set time?

jonsnow2000
07-16-2015, 03:46 PM
Assuming that you correctly check in shortly before the beginning of the tourney, you will have 10 minutes at the start of each round to find and play your opponent. If you cannot be found it will result in a match loss. If you start playing, but have to go afk frequently and cant finish the match within 60 minutes, it will also be a loss. But as long as you dont tell them to actually drop you, you will get paired with an opponent each new round

Zubrin
07-16-2015, 04:05 PM
Assuming that you correctly check in shortly before the beginning of the tourney, you will have 10 minutes at the start of each round to find and play your opponent. If you cannot be found it will result in a match loss. If you start playing, but have to go afk frequently and cant finish the match within 60 minutes, it will also be a loss. But as long as you dont tell them to actually drop you, you will get paired with an opponent each new round

If you end up as a no-show, we will drop people as well unless they specifically tell us not to.

ShadowIronblood
07-16-2015, 07:43 PM
@ Zubrin i wont probably beable to make the first few rounds but would like the chance to attend if that is possible?

Zubrin
07-17-2015, 08:13 PM
@ Zubrin i wont probably beable to make the first few rounds but would like the chance to attend if that is possible?

Yeah, I can make that work.

ShadowIronblood
07-17-2015, 09:10 PM
Thanks Zubrin, I dont go in to work till like 1 eastern so i should be able to get 1 or 2 matches in before work ^^. thanks again

Flairina
07-17-2015, 09:58 PM
Okay, honestly I have absolutely no idea how this works (rules do not explain how you find your opponent, how or who your are supposed to tell who won a match, etc...), and I have zero chance of going very far because I don't really make constructed-worthy decks, but I joined anyways if just to get a handle of how these might work in the future. Guess I'll find out soon enough, because I now have roughly 4 hours I can sleep before it starts.

Saeijou
07-18-2015, 11:22 AM
gl hf to anyone! :)

Zubrin
07-18-2015, 08:41 PM
Fantastic turn out today and a pretty good set of matches as well as a few innovative decks in a meta that people proclaimed solved back in February. Special thanks to Errantsquire who took up some judging duties today to help ease my burden, as well as the normal crew of Penta, JJ, Hacky, and Tecnophi for making everything go smoothly.

The top 8 bracket and list is here: http://fiveshards.com/ruby-cup-season-2-top-8-sponsored-by-tecnophi/

Big thanks to tecnophi, we will be sending out prizes as soon as we can after the patch goes live. Top 8 will happen at 10am pdt tomorrow and our next tournament, the Diamond Cup on August 8th-9th, will be Set 3 only!

Flairina
07-18-2015, 09:52 PM
Well, I came nearly last, and it didn't really do me much good, but I stuck it out until the end. Literally the very end, since I was pretty much the last match. Match up against stall sapphire using Sliver of The Immortal Spear will do that. God I'm tired of Hex now.

theghost32
07-18-2015, 10:01 PM
dont you mean 10 am pdt tomorrow thatd be really late for a tournament :P

Zubrin
07-18-2015, 10:04 PM
dont you mean 10 am pdt tomorrow thatd be really late for a tournament :P

Yup; I shouldn't type while being this tired and recording a podcast. :x

Cernz
07-18-2015, 10:47 PM
Go Steele! :)

Warrender
07-19-2015, 06:12 AM
Well, I came nearly last, and it didn't really do me much good, but I stuck it out until the end. Literally the very end, since I was pretty much the last match. Match up against stall sapphire using Sliver of The Immortal Spear will do that. God I'm tired of Hex now.

Yes, these community-run events do tend to take a long time. Most people just drop out after they are out of contention.

I was actually matched up against you in the 5th round. Good games. :D

Flairina
07-19-2015, 07:47 AM
Yes, these community-run events do tend to take a long time. Most people just drop out after they are out of contention.

I was actually matched up against you in the 5th round. Good games. :D

Yeah, I probably should do that in the future. The deck I was using wasn't really constructed worthy, but I didn't want to go the dwarf/bots route and got thrashed because of it. Early success made me think I had a shot but as the more casual crowd dropped out I didn't really have a chance anymore. Managed to tie three times, but other than that... ah well.

I remember. You beat me soundly. :)

Saeijou
07-19-2015, 05:12 PM
thanks for organizing another tourney for us guys!
and thanks tecnophi for the generous donation of a tourney :)

Xenavire
07-20-2015, 04:04 AM
Well, I came nearly last, and it didn't really do me much good, but I stuck it out until the end. Literally the very end, since I was pretty much the last match. Match up against stall sapphire using Sliver of The Immortal Spear will do that. God I'm tired of Hex now.

I think that was my first round opponent! I had some pretty lousy draws, but at least I won to something fun. :)