Season Six Invitational – Viewer’s Guide

This is the end of it all – the final tournament to pick up series points for an invitation to the ETS World Championships. As usual, there’s a $250 prize pool, but every World’s hopeful is out in force, looking for the winner’s invite or at least a chunk of series points. Competition will be fierce as players try to prove that they deserve a chance to be a World Champion.

Watching the Tournament

The tournament is streamed live on RNGEternal’s Twitch channel over the course of two days. Day One action starts at 12pm EDT on Saturday, October 28th, and continues until only 8 players remain (after Winner’s Bracket round 3 and Loser’s Bracket round 4). Day Two picks up where Day One left off – except instead of covering rounds, we’re going to be covering every single match! Day Two begins at 12pm EDT on Sunday, October 29th. If you can’t watch the tournament live, there will be round by round updates on RNGEternal’s Twitter. The whole tournament will be uploaded to Youtube by Tuesday, October 31st.

Detailed information on Season Six Invitational (including prize pool)

Who’s Playing?

All the Worlds hopefuls! Some are already locked, and just looking for extra points in the Player of the Year race. Many are just a few points out, and we’ve got both players tied for the final slot playing. A few players are far behind the race and need to win to qualify, but at least want to pick up a few points to play in the Wildcard tournament. Regardless of their reasoning, everyone wants to do well and there’s a lot on the line for these players.

Season Six Invitational Bracket

1st Seed: camat0

Real Name: Carlos Maria Torterolo
Age: 27
Representing: Argentina
Qualification Type: Winner (Sept 23 AND Oct 7)
Invitational Points: 32 Points (1st overall)
Series Points: 12 Points (Tied – 14th overall)

Camat0 has in the span of one season broken records that took Unearthly nearly a full year to set. With the second most tournament wins and our highest IP total ever, camat0 went from solid player to number one on the watch list in the span of a single season. Tied with Elunex for the 8th and final direct invite to Worlds, he’s hungry for points to firmly claim the berth for himself alone, and he wouldn’t say no to directly qualifying by winning the whole thing.

2nd Seed: Unearthly

Real Name: Steve Kolk
Age: 32
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Winner (Sept 9)
Invitational Points: 27 Points (Tied – 2nd overall)
Series Points: 28 Points (2nd overall)

Number two in IP is not a place Unearthly is accustomed to being. While he did win a week (as is his trademark) Unearthly has really been eyeing Worlds and the Player of the Year title. He’s six points back of first place Angrychicken and will be looking to gain ground this tournament. Can he succeed in a metagame where Rakano is completely off the radar?

3rd Seed: Buckwheat

Real Name: Michael Liang
Age: 22
Representing: Canada
Qualification Type: Winner (Oct 21)
Invitational Points: 27 Points (Tied – 2nd overall)
Series Points: 4 Points (Tied – 35th overall)

A man of many nicknames, Buckwheat is looking to add Invitational Champion to his exhaustive list. While qualifying for Worlds by winning outright will be difficult, he still needs a few points to play in the Wildcard tournament, and will definitely be looking to pick them up with a good result here.

4th Seed: Krizalio

Real Name: Sergey Burtsev
Age: 31
Representing: Russia
Qualification Type: Winner (Sept 16)
Invitational Points: 21 Points (Tied – 9th overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

While not one of the big names, Krizalio has been quietly putting up 4-x tournament results since season 5. He’s only broken into top 8 once, but he converted that chance into a win. We’re used to seeing early winners sitting back on their laurels, but Krizalio has been practicing. If he can make it to top 8 here, he’ll have his worlds shot at the Wildcard tournament.

5th Seed: Darkness

Real Name: Ian Mann
Age: 19
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Winner (Oct 14)
Invitational Points: 14 Points (Tied – 27th overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

Self described as the least successful player at this invitational and former contender for worst career winrate, Darkness undercut both claims somewhat by winning a tournament. He claims it was a fluke, but is this just all misdirection to make his opponents underestimate him and his Frontier Jitos?

6th Seed: Lothus

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Qualification Type: Winner (Sept 30)
Invitational Points: 7 Points (Tied – 50th overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

Our one hit winner for the tournament, Lothus played in their debut tournament and won it, choosing to wait for the Invitational before playing again. They handled themselves well at the weekly tournament, but it was by no means a clean sweep – how will they hold up to the star studded roster of the Invitational?

7th Seed: TheSkeeJay

Real Name: TJ Bonamico
Age: 25
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Finalist (Oct 7)
Invitational Points: 22 Points (Tied – 7th overall)
Series Points: 7 Points (Tied – 20th overall)

To the author’s and no doubt the reader’s surprise, this is SkeeJay’s fourth consecutive Invitational. A popular streamer and regular tournament player, his last big result was at the Season Three Invitational. He’s had two early exits since then – can he return to Top 8 form?

8th Seed: HiThar

Real Name: Alex Pavelka
Age: 30
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Finalist (Oct 7)
Invitational Points: 21 Points (Tied – 9th overall)
Series Points: 21 Points (6th overall)

Always a strong contender at any tournament, HiThar has a pair of Invitational Top 8s to back up at this tournament. He’s more or less locked for a Worlds Invite on points, so he’s playing mostly for pride – but he’ll likely be looking to prove himself again after captaining SPG Destiny to a less than impressive Team League finish.

9th Seed: ManuS

Real Name: Emanuel Sutor
Age: 31
Representing: Germany
Qualification Type: Finalist (Sept 30)
Invitational Points: 17 Points (Tied – 22nd overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

A household name, ManuS is a streamer, deckbuilder, and tournament player triple threat. Always ahead of the metagame with a number of creatively named decks, ManuS is joining us for his second Invitational. He fell just short of Top 8 then – will he be able to go all the way this time?

10th Seed: Elunex

Real Name: David Öberg
Age: 25
Representing: Sweden
Qualification Type: Finalist (Sept 23)
Invitational Points: 12 Points (Tied – 32nd overall)
Series Points: 12 Points (Tied – 14th overall)

Once comfortably in control of the 8th and final Invitational Seed, Elunex dodged a bullet at the Season 5 Invitational – but he couldn’t dodge Camat0. Now tied for points, he’ll need to do well to reclaim what was his. Having just captained OND Feather to the top overall Team League finish, Feln master Elunex is well positioned to do just that.

11th Seed: Thundershot

Real Name: Daniel Wynne
Age: 18
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Finalist (Oct 14)
Invitational Points: 12 Points (Tied – 32nd overall)
Series Points: 7 Points (Tied – 20th overall)

One of the mainstays of the ETS, Thundershot’s Invitational streak was broken last season. He bounced back with a direct invite to this one, and was a key member of the Team League winning OND Flame. He’s riding high, but lacks a previous major premiere tournament showing. Will Season Six be his tournament?

12th Seed: lv13David

Real Name: David Sizemore
Age: 29
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 26 Points (Tied – 4th overall)
Series Points: 5 Points (Tied – 24th overall)

A longtime Eternal player, lv13David is also on his fourth consecutive Invitational. He’s a very solid player, but his resume lacks major results which leaves his SP total somewhat lacking. He’ll need a good showing at the Invitational to ensure a spot at the Worlds Wildcard tournament.

13th Seed: Komodo

Real Name: Matthias Aertbeliën
Age: 24
Representing: Belgium
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 26 Points (Tied – 4th overall)
Series Points: 4 Points (Tied – 35th overall)

An Invitational mainstay since season 2, Komodo has yet to convert attendance into success at the Invitational level. He’s had plenty of success at the weekly events – has he been able to adapt to the different animal of Invitational competition?

14th Seed: flash2351

Real Name: Huang Pei
Age: 27
Representing: United Kingdom
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 22 Points (Tied – 7th overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

Our own RNG Eternal draft specialist shows off his constructed chops at his third consecutive Invitational! He’s had a strong showing this season, if no outright invitation. He’ll be looking to pick up a top 8 or better to battle it out at the Wildcard tournament.

15th Seed: childroland

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Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 21 Points (Tied – 9th overall)
Series Points: 14 Points (Tied – 11th overall)

The Season Four Invitational Champion, childroland is back for his third consecutive Invitational. As always, he’s got his eyes on a repeat win – he may already be locked for Worlds, but being 20 points behind Angrychicken in the player of the year race can’t feel good. He’ll be looking to pick up some points and close the gap.

16th Seed: Pupicitus

Real Name: Christian Dengler
Age: 25
Representing: Germany
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 21 Points (Tied – 9th overall)
Series Points: 3 Points (Tied – 41st overall)

Pupicitus’ season six included two unconverted Top 8s. He may have fallen short in the weeklies, but just making Top 8 at an Invitational will be give him a shot at Worlds via the Wildcard tournament. A member of second place Team League team OND Feather, Pupicitus has been playing with and against some of the best Eternal players in the world – great practice for the Invitational!

17th Seed: BruisedByGod

Real Name: CJ “BruisedByGod”
Age: 24
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 21 Points (Tied – 9th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

His breakout season and Invitational debut, BruisedByGod may not be a household name, but its certainly an amusing one. Let’s see if he can do what Missingtoez did and eliminate his surprised opponents on his way to a top finish.

18th Seed: IlyaK

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Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 20 Points (14th overall)
Series Points: 15 Points (10th overall)

While a household name due his near-constant constructive discussions, it’s been a long time since the glory days of Season 2 and 3 for IlyaK. His pet deck Argenport now has some real cards to make it into public enemy number one – will a deck/player match be enough to bring out the S2 Ilya?

19th Seed: Grimfan

Real Name: David Williams (not the MTG/poker one)
Age: 32
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 19 Points (Tied 15th overall)
Series Points: 2 Points (Tied – 58th overall)

While not the David Williams, Grimfan is a longtime player and streamer with plenty of experience. He’s taken a long break from Eternal and is quite far from Worlds contention. Has he started his Worlds run to late in the game, or will the wily veteran be able to make it happen?

20th Seed: Tatsumaki

Real Name: Simon Paquet
Age: 27
Representing: Canada
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 19 Points (Tied 15th overall)
Series Points: 2 Points (Tied – 58th overall)

Tatsumaki has had a rough team league showing but a solid ETS season – he got all his points and two Top 8s in only 4 trys. Team League has taken a lot out of its players, which left them drained for regular ETS – how far can Tatsumaki go now that ETS Team League is over, with a 3rd place finish?

21st Seed: serb / lllserblll

Real Name: Sergey Bykov
Age: 32
Representing: Russia
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 19 Points (Tied 15th overall)
Series Points: 1 Point (Tied – 70th overall)

Ignoring the l’s bracketing his name, serb has had a strong season with two top 8 finishes. He’s yet to go beyond Top 4, but he’s looked good when he’s on his game. How will he fare against the top Invitational players?

22nd Seed: Paradox

Real Name: Brandon Vance
Age: 26
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 18 Points (Tied 18th overall)
Series Points: 9 Points (Tied – 15th overall)

The Season Five Invitational was Paradox’s chance to leap ahead of then 10 point Elunex and steal the 8th worlds seed. That didn’t happen, and now Paradox needs at least a Top 8 to collect or he’ll be stuck playing Wildcard. That’s a lot of pressure – will he Rise to the Challenge?

23rd Seed: Mouche

Age: 27
Representing: France
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 18 Points (Tied 18th overall)
Series Points: 8 Points (Tied – 19th overall)

Mouche returns to the Invitational with a Top 6 finish at the Season Five Invitational – a laudable result, but unfortunately a repeat performance isn’t enough to guarantee a Worlds invite. A renowned Chalice player, will he stick to his guns or break new ground in search of an Invitational title?

24th Seed: TonyGeeeee

Real Name: Antoine G.
Age: 25
Representing: Canada
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 18 Points (Tied 18th overall)
Series Points: 5 Points (Tied – 24th overall)

Part man, part weapons factory, TonyGeeeee is all things Armory. Now armed with a horn-sharpening cow, his favourite deck went from good to great. Will he be able to ride the cows to victory, or will decks targeting Armooory dull his blades?

25th Seed: Danibor

Real Name: Ilya Sotnikov
Age: 30
Representing: Russia
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 18 Points (Tied – 18th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

Returning for his second consecutive Invitational, Season 5 was a quick exit for Danibor. With 0 Series Points to date, he’ll need a huge finish to even be in Wildcard contention. Let’s hope he can make the years final Invitational go his way!

26th Seed: Moebius

Real Name: Michael Breuer
Age: 28
Representing: Germany
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 17 Points (Tied – 22nd overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

Moebius’ season showed solid play and results, but was never quite within Top 8 range, often out on breakers. With no breakers to put him out on the bubble, let’s see if Moebius can manage to put together an Invitational Top 8.

27th Seed: Tobboo

Real Name: Tobias Olofsson
Age: 30+
Representing: Sweden
Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 15 Points (Tied – 27th overall)
Series Points: 9 Points (Tied – 15th overall)

The Season Five Invitational was Tobboo’s chance to leap ahead of then 10 point Elunex and steal the 8th worlds seed. That didn’t happen, and hey doesn’t this sound familiar? Tobboo limped into the Invitational, and much like Paradox he’ll have one more chance to do what he could not at the Season Five Invitational and steal the 8th and final seed. It’s going to take a great showing – can Tobboo pull it off?

28th Seed: gaintmonstr

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Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 15 Points (Tied – 27th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

Don’t read his name as giant because it gaint. Not his debut season, but they did not play in Season Five so is just getting back into the swing of things. They put up a Top 8 during the season, which gives him something to brag about, but how will they stand up to players with literal dozens of top 8s?

29th Seed: DeFTeR

Real Name: Viktor Pakin
Age: 32
Representing: Russia
Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 8 Points (Tied – 47th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

It never quite came together in the regular season for DeFTeR – but the LCQ was a different story, and now he’s riding high moving into the Invitational. This is his debut season, but he’s got a bit of momentum behind him – let’s see how far it takes him.

30th Seed: VSarius

Real Name: Ross Emelianov
Age: 34
Representing: Russia
Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 7 Points (Tied – 47th overall)
Series Points: 19 Points (Tied – 6th overall)

A fan of the long break approach, VSarius took a hiatus from Eternal during season 5 and much of Season 6. Now back and clinched for worlds, VSarius is using the Invitational as a dress rehersal to prepare for Worlds. Will he be back into form in time, or will the mighty Tavrod prove too tilting?

31st Seed: LightsOutAce

Real Name: Sam Bruning
Age: 27
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 7 Points (Tied – 47th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

Very little is known about this mysterious masked man. Rumors say he writes a weekly Eternal column, streams and commentates Eternal, and plays a variety of 4F Knucklebones decks. With no way to separate fact from fiction, we’ll have to wait until the Invitational to see what he is really made of.

32nd Seed: Tear_Drinker

Real Name: Julien
Age: 28
Representing: United States of America
Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 2 Points (Tied – 114th overall)
Series Points: 0 Points

By far the easiest name to joke about, Tear_Drinker snuck into the Invitational via the LCQ. Will it be the tears of his opponents he drinks, or will he have come all this way only to cry himself?

Top 8 Predictions

For this invitational, three RNGEternal members wanted to share their predictions for the players they think will make day two and Top 8. As always, these predictions are just for fun – there are 32 players at the Invitational, but only 8 can make day two. Players are listed in alphabetical order. Without further ado, here are the lists:

aReNGee’s Top 8 Predictions

Yeah, I didn’t do the full bracket this time. Sorry, fans of RNG-being-very-wrong.

  1. camat0 – I buy into the hype. camat0 wants this, and he’s already broken lots of other records. He’s also one of if not the highest winrate players in the game.
  2. Darkness – I don’t buy into this hype though. Anyone drawing that much attention to how bad they are must be up to something. I think Darkness is going to steal some easy wins.
  3. Elunex – Elunex wants this too. I think its much more fun if the deciding showdown happens on day two, so if camat0 makes it, Elunex is honor bound to follow and vice versa.
  4. Grimfan – I played against Grimfan way back and was impressed. He top 4’d with a pile like Charge Rod – what can he do with a real deck?
  5. HiThar – Solid player, great track record, good deck selection and consistently top 8s. I’m not going to bet against that.
  6. Krizalio – Its always worth picking a player to spike and I have a good feeling about Krizalio. He’s been practicing hard and always goes 3-3 at worst. Take it down!
  7. Unearthly – I’ve bet against him in the past and it hasn’t worked out. I’ve also bet on him and it hasn’t worked out. That said, he’s got a wider range now and I think his mental is solid after weathering OND Flame’s comms for 6 weeks.
  8. VSarius – If Sarius tanks this tournament its only because he’s smurfing until Worlds.

rekenner’s Top 8 Predictions

1. AngryChicken – “Never go in against Chicken when an invitational is on the line” … Wait, he couldn’t attend this event… uh oh, the easiest pick is gone…

  1. camat0 – He had the best single season we’ve ever seen, breaking even Unearthly’s godlike season 4 run. I love picking the season breakout player, and it’s generally served me well. He’s also thirsty for SP to make Worlds. He’s tied with Elunex and if he can make top 12 and do better than Elunex, he punches his ticket to Worlds.
  2. Elunex – I’m contractually obligated to pick a Feln player in my top 8 every time. Rhino didn’t pick Feln in S4I and Elunex took top 3 in that event – was it a sign? Feln does best in events where you can accurately predict the meta, but can he in the post Tales meta? Elunex is thirsty for a win and Series points – can he make a deeper run than camat0?
  3. HiThar – I don’t think it’s an insult to say HiThar is the second best Combrei player in the tournament scene, being compared to AngryChicken. Combrei might not be in the best spot right now, but he’s also shown himself to be one of the best “big midrange” players, overall, and his experiments with 3F Big Time Midrange decks in the last couple months should serve him well.
  4. Komodo – Another OND Feather player, he really impressed me over the span of TL and he’s become a regular at the Invitationals. I think this might be his time to make a deep run.
  5. lv13David – He’s another player that had an impressive regular season and I think he’s shown skill on a variety of decks… But can he pick the right one?
  6. Paradox – One of the best aggro players, though he’s been on a bit of a slump since the MSM. If the field tries to go over the top of Tavrod, I think he’s got a good shot to clean up.
  7. Unearthly – He’s got to win one of these things eventually. Law of large numbers, right? But, no, he’s obviously one of the most skilled players of the game, and he’s been spending this season and Team League increasing the strength of his bench.
  8. VSarius – He’s back! Can he fight off the tilt of seeing the cards “Tavrod, Auric Broker” and “Heart of the Vault” long enough to punch his ticket for day 2? Given his history, I think he can.

Tixij’s Top 8 Predictions

  1. Buckwheat – Although Buckwheat’s first ETS Open win was the last one of this season, he is always high on the ladder, often sitting at rank 1. This, combined with Buckwheat’s Open winning deck being in a great spot in the meta, he has a great shot at making a deep run this weekend.
  2. camat0 – Breaking Unearthly’s ETS records this season makes him an easy pick for top 8. Over the weeks, camat0 has proven his deckbuilding proficiency and skillful execution,
  3. Darkness – With impressive Team League play, as well as apparent mastery of all things Jito, Darkness is an easy choice for my underdog pick.
  4. Elunex – There needs to be a Feln player in my picks somewhere, and Elunex is the best choice for it. With solid performance every time he plays, as well as being OND’s Feln guru for the duration of Team League, I feel very comfortable with Elunex as a top 8 pick.
  5. HiThar – As arguably the best Big Combrei pilot in this tournament, I believe HiThar will be able to pilot the deck, or any similar to a top 8 spot.
  6. komodo – With impressive play in the first season of Team League, as well as multiple invitational appearances, komodo’s time to
  7. Paradox – Though Paradoxhas not been putting up results in Opens recently, his immense skill with aggro decks may very well bring him deep into this invitational.
  8. Unearthly – In a similar vein as camat0, Unearthly shows each week that he is extremely skilled, seeing plays in an instant that most others would gloss over