The Last Chance Qualifier
The Last Chance Qualifier will be held on Sunday, March 11th, 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.
We will be streaming the LCQ live on the aReNGeeEternal twitch stream, starting shortly after Noon EST.
The ETS 2018 Season One Invitational
The 2018 Season One Invitational will be held over two days, beginning on Saturday, March 17th and continuing on Sunday, March 18th.
This year, we’re using a different system for the Invitational Format! Day 1 will be a modified Swiss that runs for 7 rounds, with 16 players making the cut to Day 2. Day 2 will then be a 16 player, Single Elimination tournament. A full description of our new invitational format can be found here.
The stream for both days will be live on the aReNGeeEternal twitch stream. We will be going live with a preshow approximately 1 hour before the tournament starts on both days!
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:
- Eight (8) Weekly Winners
- Four (4) Rookies with the highest IP totals among rookies
- Sixteen (16) players with the highest IP totals who have not already qualified
- Four (4) Last Chance Qualifiers
Invitational Points will lock after the final 2018 Season One ETS Weekly on Saturday, March 11th, and all invitations will be sent out that evening. 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, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th, and have until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, March 13th, 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, March 14th, and have Twenty-Four (24) hours to confirm their attendance.
Decklists for all Invitational Players are due at Noon EST on Friday, March 16th. No Exceptions.
ETS 2018 Season One Invitational Prizing will be announced in the coming week!
The full rules for these events can be found on the ETS Rules page.