HEYPAL II launches on 21 June 2017 and features six weeks of competition, open to all teams in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament offers teams a unique structure that should keep competitive momentum for the Oceanic Paladins scene going through the off-season.
- Season will run for six weeks, starting 21 June and ending 26 July
- The season is split into two stages
- Each stage features two weeks of Swiss bracket matches, and one week of Single Elimination Playoffs
- Match nights are Wednesdays, starting at 7:30pm AEST
- There are rewards for teams that participate as well as prizes for winning Playoff rounds
We’re running a mid-week tournament so we are conscious of time and the format takes cognisance of this constraint. Over six weeks, we’ll be running two stages, with each stage featuring two weeks of Swiss bracket qualifiers and a playoff round – and all matches will be played on Wednesday nights.
Each match night is timed to run for approximately 2.5 hours. On Swiss Bracket nights, five rounds of best-of-one matches take place, and on Playoff nights, four teams (that qualify out of the Swiss bracket) play in a best-of-three single elimination bracket. One match from each round of Swiss will be broadcast, and one semi-final and the Grand Final will be broadcast on Playoff night.
Teams should note that that although there are two Swiss nights per stage, a single bracket runs across both nights – for a total of 10 rounds in a single Swiss bracket. Teams that register for the Swiss bracket in Week 1 will be expected to play in Week 2 – and teams that did not register for Week 1 will not be able to play in Week 2.
After the completion of the Swiss bracket, the top 4 teams will be invited to the Playoff bracket. All four teams will receive crystal prizes. The exact amounts of crystals will be confirmed soon.
After the Playoff bracket is completed, the league resets, and registrations open again for teams to enter the next stage of Swiss bracket matches.
As with HEYPAL I, teams earn points on the stage leaderboard through winning rounds in each game’s best of seven. A match that ends 4-1 awards the winning team four points, and the losing team one point. Every point counts towards the final stage score and qualification for the Top 4 Playoff.
Here’s the full schedule for HEYPAL II:
Tournament Stage 1:
- Swiss bracket: 21 June + 28 June
- Playoff bracket: 5 July
Tournament Stage 2:
- Swiss bracket: 12 July + 19 July
- Playoff bracket: 26 July
We’ll release further details soon, but for now the most important thing is to spread the word! Registration is open now for the 1st tournament stage. Teams have one chance to register to participate for the 1st three weeks of the tournament so hop on Twitter and retweet this tweet, get some buzz going on Discord and most important – get your team registered!