The Last Chance Qualifier
The Last Chance Qualifier will be held on Sunday, August 20th, beginning at 12pm EST. The rules for the tournament are exactly the same as a regular ETS Weekly (Swiss Tournament, cut to Top 8) with three exceptions. Firstly, the Last Chance Qualifier does NOT award Invitational Points – Points totals are locked before the Invitational. Secondly, the Last Chance Qualifier will be inviting FOUR players to the Invitational, so once you reach Top 8, win once and you’re in. Finally, players who have received an Invitational invite are not eligible to play in the Last Chance Qualifier, and will be disqualified from the LCQ if they register.
The Season Five Invitational
The Season Five Invitational will be held over two days, beginning at 12pm EST on Saturday, August 26th and continuing at 12pm EST on Sunday, August 27th.
The Season Five Invitational uses a similar format and a similar timing structure to the previous Invitationals. Play will stop on day one after Winner’s Bracket Round 3 and after Loser’s Bracket Round 4, at which time there should be only 8 players left in the tournament. Play will begin again on Sunday with Winner’s Bracket Round 4 and Loser’s Bracket Round 5, however the matches will not occur simultaneously. Every match from this point forward will be played best of five live on stream – all day two matches will be played live on stream. The stream for both days will be live on the aReNGeeEternal twitch stream and should begin an hour before the tournament starts.
Qualifying for the Invitational
Thirty-Two (32) players will be playing in the Season Five Invitational, and they will be invited from the following sources:
- Seven (7) players earn their invites by winning a weekly tournament
- Seven (7) players earn their invites by finishing second in a weekly tournament
- The top Four (4) players of the Last Chance Qualifier will be invited
- Fourteen (14) players will be invited based on Invitational Points
Invitational Points will lock after the final Season Five ETS Weekly on Saturday, August 19th, and all invitations will be sent out by Sunday, August 20th. Invitational Points are not just a full total this Season – only your best four results, plus bonus points, will be counted. These point totals are publicly displayed on the ETS Invitational Points tracking page. Players will be invited based on Invitational Points by starting with the highest non-qualified point total, then inviting players in descending order. In the event of a points totals tie, all tied players will be invited. If we end up with more than 32 players using this method, then and only then will we determine a tiebreak method.
Players will be formally invited on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th, and have until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, August 22nd, to confirm their attendance. At this time, all players who have declined their invitation or failed to confirm their attendance will be considered not to be attending, and replacements will be invited from the remaining Invitational Points players, in descending order beginning with the highest non-qualified point total. In this way, it’s possible to qualify for the Invitational even if you’re not already invited, but I don’t recommend that you rely on this method of qualification. Replacement Players will be contacted on Wednesday, August 23rd, and have Twenty-Four (24) hours to confirm their attendance.
Decklists for all Invitational Players are due at Noon EST on Friday, August 25th. No Exceptions.
Format and Seeding
The Invitational is a Thirty-Two (32) player Double Elimination tournament. Matches are played best of three even in Loser’s Bracket throughout the first day. On the second day, with only 8 players remaining, all matches will be played best of five. The player who reaches the Grand Finals through the Winner’s Bracket has Winner’s Advantage and must be defeated twice for the Loser’s Bracket player to win the tournament.
Players are seeded based on how they qualified:
- Weekly Winners
- Weekly Finalists
- Last Chance Qualifier Players
- Invited based on Invitational Points
Players will be seeded within their qualifier ranking based on highest Invitational Points, then highest Series Points. Further ties will be broken by determining the higher seeded player randomly. A viewer’s guide will be available once all the players have confirmed their attendance.
Season Five Invitational Prizing ($250 prize pool)
First Place: The title of Season Five Invitational Champion (which auto-qualifies this player for the World Championships), the Champion Discord badge, a cash prize of $80, and 12 Series Points.
Second Place: A cash prize of $60 and 9 Series Points.
Third Place: A cash prize of $40 and 7 Series Points.
Fourth Place: A cash prize of $20 and 5 Series Points.
Fifth and Sixth Place: A cash prize of $15 and 4 Series Points.
Seventh and Eighth Place: A cash prize of $10 and 3 Series Points.
Ninth through Twelfth Place: 1 Series Point.
The full rules for these events can be found on the ETS Rules page.