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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Guild Wars: Celestial Tournament rules posted

The "Celestial Tournament" rules were just posted at the official site.

Things of note:
  • Your roster is fixed at 8 people - i.e. no substitutions at all.
  • Looks like it's going to be something like 1 Swiss-paired match about every week or so (there's a min 4 days between matches).
  • Cut to the single elimination rounds is the top 16.
  • Roster has to be submitted by Feb 14.


Blogger Sausaletus Rex said...

Your roster is fixed at 8 people - i.e. no substitutions at all.

Given that the tournament is going to be taking place over a two month span not allowing for any kind of alternates or substitutes does seem misguided.

However, I'm not entirely sure it's as absolute as that - the only rule I can find that specifically limits the players to the roster reads thusly: "Only players (and accounts) on the Tournament Roster may participate in the Guild Wars Celestial Tournament single elimination rounds."

It doesn't say anything about who can or can't play with you during the Swiss rounds. That might be an oversight or a result of copying that rule from earlier tournaments but, as I read it, that means you have to turn in your roster by the 14th but it only matters if you're in the top 16.

Someone on the roster can only be on that one roster and they have to stay in guild for the duration of the tournament (or leave the team short a player for the elimination rounds, I guess.). But there's nothing saying they can't play or the minimum of six players has to be drawn from that roster.

Which is very, very weird and probably a loophole to be explicitly closed (I mean, "Ooooh, could we schedule that for a few hours later on the 3rd? Our ringer's got four matches already that day and I want to give them plenty of time to get set up." = not what you want happening.).

2/07/2007 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sausaletus Rex said...

Or, you know, I could look at the next line which says: "In the event that one of the players listed on a tournament roster is unable to play during a scheduled match, the affected guild can replace that player with a computer-controlled henchmen. Heroes are not allowed to be used in this tournament."

Which, ouch.

But that would seem to imply you have to be on the roster for both Swiss and Elimination rounds ie the whole tournament - so why they didn't just flatly say that is beyond me.

2/07/2007 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Clamatius said...

Yeah, I read it the no-subs-in-single-elim way at first too. The wording could have been better.

No wiggle room at all seems pretty weak imho, especially when you're talking about teams of 8 people.

2/07/2007 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sausaletus Rex said...

The wording could have been better.

Pfft. Why would they want to make the rules clearly understood?

2/07/2007 06:56:00 PM  

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