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INJUSTAH Leaderboard Update – Round 6

The INJUSTAH Leaderboard has been updated to include results from Round 6. This week’s Leaderboard update includes the following juicy bits:

  • For the first time, JAM Castiel doesn’t collect maximum points. Instead, VS.DS Waz takes 1st in Round 6. However, Castiel keeps a firm hold on his overall 1st place, and is unlikely to lose this for the remainder of INJUSTAH Season 1.
  • There are no changes in the placings for positions 1 through 7 from Round 5 to Round 6!
  • We have a new entrant to the top 8, Pretty Boy Nicky, who first entered INJUSTAH in Round 4, skipped Round 5, and returned to take 4th place in Round 6. His total of 15 points puts him ahead of Framework, Kdee and Tana, all tied on 10 points at 9th in the overall standings.

Full leaderboard including all players in the points can be viewed here.

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Competitive Ruling: Season 4 HotS Tiebreakers

TL;DR

  • Future ties for top 4 spots will be broken by playing a head-to-head match between tied teams
  • MilkShake and TeamDC are each awarded 2 Bonus Points in compensation for missing out on qualification through no fault of their own

Background

Each week teams must qualify for Playoffs by battling through four rounds of Swiss bracket matches. At the end of four rounds, the matches won by each team determines their placing in the Qualifier standings, and the top four teams advance to the week’s playoffs. In some cases, teams’ scores are tied and then tiebreakers must be applied to determine who advances to playoffs and who doesn’t. The tiebreakers that are applied are those provided by Challonge, namely (in order applied):

  • TB (Number of wins against tied opponents)
  • Bucholz
  • Points Difference

The Problem

Season 4 has a high number of teams entering, and, due to time constraints, we are only able to provide four rounds in each Swiss bracket. This means that it is possible (and even likely) that teams could be tied, but not all teams will have a TB score (since they will not have played against the opponents with whom they are tied). This happened in the 1st week of Season 4, where:

  • 4 teams were tied (Mad Because Bad, MilkShake, Roles Unspecified, TeamDC)
  • Only 2 of these teams had played against one of the other tied teams – in this case Mad Because Bad played against Roles Unspecified.
  • This meant only 1 team earned the TB point (Mad Because Bad)
  • MilkShake and TeamDC were denied any TB points because they had not had the opportunity to play head-to-head against any of the other teams

It is immediately apparent that both MilkShake and TeamDC received an unfair placing through no fault of their own.

The Solution

For future rounds (starting with Week 2), teams that are tied for a place in the top 4 will have the following tiebreakers applied:

  1. If the teams have played head-to-head against each other, the team that won the match will be placed higher than the team that lost the match
  2. If the teams have NOT played head-to-head against each other, the tied teams will play in a bo1 match and the winner of that match will be placed higher than the loser.

In the case of (2), the teams affected must play the match immediately after the fourth Swiss bracket match has completed. The tiebreaker match will be broadcast by Gamestah.

Compensation

We will award both MilkShake and TeamDC the Playoff qualification Bonus Points (2 points each) in compensation for missing out on qualification through no fault of their own.

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Season 4 Maps

The Season 4 map selection process is similar to Season 3: each week the qualifying round features four matches in a Swiss format bracket, where we specify the maps for each round. Then, for weekly playoffs, teams play in a Modified Double Elimination, bo3, bracket where teams must draft maps from the available pool. For details on drafting, skip to the bottom of this post.

Remember: for Season 4, the Swiss bracket matches are played on Wednesday nights, with Playoffs moved to Tuesday nights!

Swiss Rounds

Each week the Swiss Round features four bo1 matches. For each match, the map is specified. This is identical to the selection of maps in Season 3. The following specifies the maps for all four weeks of Swiss Rounds:

Week 1
Round 1 Towers of Doom
Round 2 Infernal Shrines
Round 3 Battlefield of Eternity
Round 4 Sky Temple

 

Week 2
Round 1 Tomb of the Spider Queen
Round 2 Dragon Shire
Round 3 Cursed Hollow
Round 4 Braxis Holdout

 

Week 3
Round 1 Warhead Junction
Round 2 Towers of Doom
Round 3 Infernal Shrines
Round 4 Battlefield of Eternity

 

Week 4
Round 1 Sky Temple
Round 2 Tomb of the Spider Queen
Round 3 Dragon Shire
Round 4 Cursed Hollow

Playoff Rounds

Playoff Rounds each week feature two rounds of bo3 matches in the Upper Bracket, and two rounds of bo3 matches in the Lower Bracket. In both respective rounds, maps will be drafted from the following pool:

  • Towers of Doom
  • Infernal Shrines
  • Battlefield of Eternity
  • Sky Temple
  • Tomb of the Spider Queen
  • Dragon Shire
  • Cursed Hollow
  • Braxis Holdout
  • Warhead Junction

The drafting process will be conducted as follows:

  • The higher seeded team (here labeled “Team A”) will begin by banning one battleground.
  • The other team (“Team B”) will then ban one battleground.
  • Team A will then select a battleground from the remaining (unbanned) battlegrounds.
  • Team B will be granted first pick/ban during hero select.
  • At the end of the first game, the losing team will have the option to choose either the next battleground to be played, or to have first pick/ban, with the winning team performing the remaining option.

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HotS Off-Season ODC

Gamestah has announced an ODC (One Day Competition) for HotS, to take place on 29 July 2017 – that’s this Saturday! Here’s all the information you need about the ODC.

1. It’s open to all

Anyone can enter – this is a competitive day for anyone that wants to play. You don’t have to be a pro team, or an amateur team, or even a regular team: you could just grab five friends and enter for a day of competitive HotS!

2. It’s not compulsory

This isn’t a qualifier for another competition, nor does it have any points allocations towards a wider league. It’s a one-off event that starts at 12pm AEST and ends when it ends!

3. Prizes

Since this is a casual event we have some prizes to give away (but no cash). Each player on the team that wins the Grand Final will receive a code for 12x Loot Chests. We’re also going to be nominating MVPs throughout the day, and at the end of the day we’ll be giving two MVPs (drawn randomly from all the MVP nominations) a Suns out Guns out loot chest code. For our viewers we’ll have a number of Hero Bundle codes to give away, including 2x Stukov codes!

4. Registration

As usual, the tournament bracket will be run by Challonge, one of Gamestah’s core sponsors! Register here, or click the image below!

5. Format

The tournament format is double elimination, with Upper Bracket Matches best-of-three (BO3) and Lower Bracket Matches best-of-one (BO1). The Grand Final will be best-of-five (BO5) with the team in the Upper Bracket starting with a 1-0 lead.

6. Streaming Allowed

As with all of Gamestah’s Tournaments, matches will be streamed live on twitch.tv/gamestahtv1. We’re going to be doing something different for this tournament, though. If your match is not being streamed on the official tournament stream, and you’d like to stream it yourself (i.e. player POV streaming), just let us know. We’ll provide you with a Gamestah Logo to put on your overlays in exchange for your stream link. As long as you’ve given us the link, and you’ve put our logo on screen, you will be allowed to stream your match (with an appropriate delay, of course!). We’ll even promote your stream link on our social media, and the official GTV1 broadcast!

Note that you will not be allowed to stream your match if it is being streamed on GamestahTV1.

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