The Season Six Invitational will be held over two days, beginning at 12pm EST on Saturday, October 28th and continuing at 12pm EST on Sunday, Octobet 29th.
The Season Six Invitational uses our usual Invitational format. 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 Four 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
- Fourteen (14) players will be invited based on Invitational Points
- The top Four (4) players of the Last Chance Qualifier will be invited
Invitational Points will lock after the final Season Six ETS Weekly on Saturday, October 21st, and all invitations will be sent out by Sunday, October 22nd. 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 Sunday, October 21st, and have until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 24th, 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, October 25th, and have Twenty-Four (24) hours to confirm their attendance.
Decklists for all Invitational Players are due at Noon EST on Friday, October 27th. 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
- Invited based on Invitational Points
- Last Chance Qualifier Players
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.
Season Six Invitational Prizing ($250 prize pool)
First Place: The title of Season Six Invitational Champion (which collects the final direct invite to the World Championships), 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.