- GENERAL RULES
Players will have to attend the event at Sala Polivalenta in Bucharest, Romania, during September 16 – 18 in order to participate in the tournament.
Players need to be in the tournament area at least 60 minutes prior to the designated match start time (e.g: for matches starting at 10:00, players have to be in the tournament area at 09:00). All match times are EEST.
Group stage: 4 GSL Groups with 4 players each – top 2 players from each group advance to the playoff
Playoff: Double-elimination bracket with 8 players and full reset Grand Final (the player coming from the lower bracket will have to win 2 Bo5 series against his opponent).
Seeding in the playoff will be based on the player performance during group stage.
Playoff initial matches:
M1: 1st place Group A vs 2nd place Group B
M2: 1st place Group C vs 2nd place Group D
M3: 1st place Group B vs 2nd place Group A
M4: 1st place Group D vs 2nd place Group C
The tournament format is Last Hero Standing with a custom ban system.
The ban system for the decks will proceed as follows (each phase will be simultaneous – e.g both players ban or pick at the same time):
1st phase: ban 1 deck
2nd phase: pick 1 deck
3rd phase: ban 2 decks
4th phase: pick 1 deck
5th phase: ban 2 decks
6th phase: pick the last deck out of the remaining 2
Total bans: 5
Total picks: 3
Inactive decks: 1
All matches will be Best-of-5. The first player to win 3 games within the match is considered the winner of the series.
In the Last Hero Standing format, after game #1, the winning deck must be used in games #2 (and potentially #3), while the defeated deck will be eliminated permanently for the remainder of the match.
If a player chooses a wrong deck during a match:
- for the 1st offense, the game will be remade using the proper decks and the player in question will receive a warning
- from the 2nd offense onward, the player in question will lose the game through forfeit (his opponent will choose what class will be eliminated)
Once active, players are forbidden to exit the Challenge screen and thus interrupt the match.
If a player exits the Challenge screen without a proper reason (game bug, PC malfunction, Internet outage, etc.):
- for the 1st offense, the player in question will receive a warning.
- from the 2nd offense onward, the player in question will lose one game of the series through forfeit (his opponent will choose what class will be eliminated)
Each player must submit their 9 decks to the admin team by September 14 (end of day)
Players will not be allowed to make adjustments to their decks during the tournament
At the conclusion of the Group Stage, the decklists will be released to the RO8 players
- TOURNAMENT AND MATCH INFORMATION
All matches will be played on the European servers. Players must use their own accounts during the tournament.
Players are strongly encouraged to have the Blizzard Authenticator App installed on their phones in order to avoid any account lockout situations.
Players must set their chat status to Busy. If a player receives any type of in-game messages during a game, he will receive a sanction that can range from losing a game via forfeit to being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.
Players are allowed to take notes using pen and paper during their matches, but are not allowed to install any kind of decktracking or similar software on their laptop / tournament PCs.
Unless specifically instructed otherwise by an admin (for streaming purposes), all players must deactivate the spectator mode from the game’s settings while they are playing in the tournament.
If a player is found being spectated by someone other than an official observer during a game, he will lose a game and risks being disqualified from the competition, at the admin’s sole discretion.
If a game ends in a draw, it will be replayed using the same decks.
If a game is interrupted due to factors outside of the player’s control (e.g: technical or Internet connection issues), the game will be replayed using the same decks.
If a game cannot proceed due to player intervention (refusing to accept the match challenge, forcibly closing the Hearthstone client, etc.), the player in question will lose a game in the series. If the player in question still refuses for start the match, he can be disqualified from the tournament, at the admin’s sole discretion.
- FINAL NOTES
PGL reserves the right to modify the rules at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, changes due to software updates / releases or any other change deemed necessary by the PGL Admin team to maintain the integrity and fair play of the competition.
Any last-minute changes to the rules presented above will be explained to the players by the Admin staff.
In a situation where an Admin has to make a judgment call, the only interpretation that matters is that of the Admin.
The prizes of this tournament will be claimed according to the prize policy listed on the PGL Bucharest Tavern Tales 2016 website.