There are three different kinds of regular tournaments: Weekly Tournaments, Last Chance Qualifiers, Seasonal Invitationals. Both Weekly tournaments and the Last Chance Qualifier have open registration for anyone who wishes to attend, while participation in a Seasonal Invitational is predicated on doing well in that Season’s weekly tournaments or by coming top two in the Last Chance Qualifier. There are two additional invitation-only tournaments that operate twice a year: the ETS Midyear Major, which occurs in April, and the ETS World Championships, which occurs in October. Full details about these tournaments will be available closer to the event itself.
The Seasonal System
Eternal Tournament Series tournaments operate on a six-per-year seasonal system. Seasons are two months long and culminate in a Seasonal Invitational. Invitational Points are earned for the duration of the season, at the beginning of the next season you must again begin earning Invitational Points. The seasons occur on the following timeline:
Season One (Finished): October 1 to Nov 30
Season Two (Current): December 1 to Jan 31
Season Three: Feb 1 to March 31
ETS Midyear Major: Exact Date TBD
Season Four: April 1 to May 31
Season Five: June 1 to July 31
Season Six: August 1 to Sept 30
ETS World Championship: Exact Date TBD
- Invitational Points are used for seeding in Weekly Tournaments, the Last Chance Qualifier, and the Seasonal Invitational.
- Invitational points are earned for the duration of the current season. At the start of a new season, all Invitational Points reset. However, starting in Season Three, players will retain one-third of the points that they earn during the previous season (rounded down). For Season Two, all points will be reset to zero, although bonus Invitational Points will be awarded.
- Winning a tournament match at a Weekly Tournament awards that player with one Invitational Point. Aside from Invitational bonus points at the start of the season, this is the only way to earn Invitational Points.
- Last Chance Qualifiers and Seasonal Invitationals do not award Invitational Points.
- Players can gain an unlimited number of points at each weekly tournament, limited only by the number of matches they play and win.
- At the start of a new season, players are awarded bonus Invitational Points based on their performance at last season’s Invitational. Bonus points are as follows:
- First Place: 10 points
- Second Place: 8 points
- Third Place: 6 points
- Fourth Place: 4 points
- 5th/6th Place: 3 Points
- 7th-16th Place: 2 Points
- 17th+ Place: 1 Point
- The current season’s Invitational Points are tracked and publicly visible on this page. Players are listed in descending order of Invitational Points.
Season Two of the Eternal Tournament Series introduces a new concept called Series Points. Series Points are not used for seeding in regular tournaments like Invitationals, Weeklys, or Last Chance Qualifiers. They are mainly used as a record of a player’s tournament success throughout the year via the ETS Worldwide Rankings. Series Points are awarded for high finishes at Invitationals, the Midyear Major, and the ETS World Championships. Players for the Midyear Major and the World Championships will be invited and seeded based on Series Points rather than Invitational Points.
There is no direct correlation between Series Points and Invitational Points. Series Points have been applied retroactively to Season One. Series Points are awarded as follows:
- Seasonal Invitational
- First Place: 6 Series Points
- Second Place: 4 Series Points
- Third Place: 3 Series Points
- Fourth Place: 2 Series Points
- 5th/6th Place: 1 Series Point
- Midyear Major
- First Place: 10 Series Points
- Second Place: 8 Series Points
- Third Place: 6 Series Points
- Fourth Place: 4 Series Points
- 5th/6th Place: 2 Series Points
- 7th/8th Place: 1 Series Point
- ETS World Championships
- First Place: 16 Series Points
- Second Place: 12 Series Points
- Third Place: 8 Series Points
- Fourth Place: 6 Series Points
- 5th/6th Place: 4 Series Points
- 7th/8th Place: 3 Series Points
- 9th to 12th Place: 2 Series Points
- 13th to 16th Place: 1 Series Point
Official Tournament Rules
(All Weekly, Invitational, and Last Chance Qualifiers use these rules)
- Players must preregister one 75 card Eternal main deck and a sideboard of up to 15 cards. Decks must be legal for Eternal ranked play:
- No more than four copies of a single card may be included between main deck and sideboard.
- You must own every card you register.
- You deck must meet Eternal power restrictions (minimum 1/3rd power, maximum 2/3rds power).
- Individual matches are played in challenge games between the two players. Matches are best two out of three. You must play your main deck as registered for the first game of every match. After the first game, both players may take time to swap cards between their main deck and sideboard. Your deck must adhere to all previously mentioned deck construction rules after sideboarding.
- There are no draws allowed, intentional or otherwise.
- In the event of a round finishing before a match, the current game will be suspended. The player with more game wins in the match will be awarded the match win. If the players are tied, a screenshot of the current gamestate will determine the winner, in the same manner as the game itself: The player with the highest life total will win, then the player with more cards left in their deck, then the player who went second in the game.
- Pairings will be announced by the Tournament Organizer in the Tournaments Channel on Discord, usually via a Challonge bracket. Once a round is announced, players will have 50 minutes to complete their matches.
- Late Players: If a player has not been contacted by their opponent within 10 minutes, contact the Tournament Organizer. The opponent will have 5 minutes to appear. If they do show up during that time frame, they will suffer a game loss and players will immediately play game two with their main decks. If they do not show up at all, they will suffer a match loss and be dropped from the tournament.
- Disconnects: Unfortunately disconnects do happen, and it is good sportsmanship to wait as long as possible for the other player to return. If you lose a game due to a disconnect, it counts as a game loss, even if you were winning beforehand. You have ten minutes from the end of the game to return and complete your matches, or you will be assigned a match loss and dropped from the tournament.
- Players who violate one or more rules will receive a warning from the Tournament Organizer for the first offense, will be disqualified from the tournament for a second violation, and will be banned from the Eternal Tournament Series for frequent or flagrant offenses.
Card Release Legality
Cards become legal for tournament play a certain number of days after they are released, depending on the size of the release. This is to allow players to reasonably acquire the cards they need for the tournament. If a card is not legal for tournament play, you may not include it in your tournament deck. The rules are as follows:
- Promo releases are legal once it is possibly to have acquired a playset of them. This is usually four days after they are released.
- Small sets are legal for tournament play one week after release.
- Large expansions are legal for tournament play two weeks after release.
Being disqualified from a tournament invalidates all the Invitational Points you would have gained from that tournament, but does not prevent you from playing in future tournaments. Tournament bans are permanent but may be repealed at a later date.
We rely on the honor system for many of the aspect of our tournament system, and ask that you respect that by behaving in a reasonable and respectful man. It is our goal to provide everyone with the best tournament experience possible, and will do what we can to provide it. We reserve the right to disqualify or ban any player who we feel has intentionally attempted to exploit the system, even if they have not broken any rules currently listed here.
- Illegal Deck – If you play or reveal a card in your deck that is not in your registered decklist (main or sideboard), you will receive a game loss and be forced to switch to your unsideboarded main deck as registered. If you notice during the Mulligan phase and can provide a screenshot of the card in your opening hand before actions have been taken, a warning will be issued and the current game will be nullified and remade.
- Mis-Sideboard – If you play or reveal a card in your deck that is not in your registered main deck but IS in your sideboard during the first game of a match, you will receive a game loss. However, you will be allowed to sideboard with your proper registered deck before playing additional games. If you notice during the Mulligan phase and can provide a screenshot of the card in your opening hand before actions have been taken, a warning will be issued and the current game will be nullified and remade.
- Illegal Sideboard – If a player registers a deck with an illegal deck or sideboard configuration (too many copies of a card, too many sideboard cards, etc) they will be contacted to alter it if the error is found before decklists become public. If the error is found after decklists become public, the error will be rectified in the simplest way possible:
- Too many sideboard cards: The player will play the first fifteen legal sideboard cards they registered.
- More than 4 copies of a card between main deck and side deck: The main deck copies are assumed to be correct. Copies beyond 4 will be removed.
- Illegal Card: If a player registers a banned card or a card that doesn’t exist, that card will be removed from their decklist.
- If any of these modifications render a player’s main deck ineligible for ranked play, that player is disqualified from the tournament.
- Stream Sniping – Watching or otherwise receiving information from the streamed broadcast of a player you are currently playing is a violation of the rules. Watching streamers during tournament rounds you are not playing them is fine! However, once the round begins and you learn your opponent, you must immediately leave their stream until the match is over. Simply muting it is not good enough. While this is difficult to find and enforce, if a player provides plausible proof that you are Stream Sniping, you will receive a warning. This is considered a flagrant offence and you will be permanently banned for multiple offenses.
- Immediate Concession – Any match you play, you must actually play the match! You cannot snap concede a round without dropping from the tournament. If you do so, you will be dropped from the tournament.
- Collusion/Prize Splitting – While weekly tournaments have no cash prizes, the lure of an Invitational Qualification is strong. If it is suspected that one player intentionally threw a match to allow another player to qualify, the matter will be investigated.
- Multiple Accounts – Registering for a single tournament using multiple accounts is not permitted. It is also prohibited to play in a tournament using multiple accounts regardless of whose account they are and who registered them. If it’s discovered that you are playing on multiple accounts, you will be disqualified from the tournament and the incident will be investigated to determine if an ETS ban is necessary.
- False Identity – You may not play a tournament match on an account that you do not personally own, to ensure that all results are attributed to the correct player. Violaters will be disqualified and investigated.
- Unsportsmanlike/Abuse – Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. You are allowed (indeed encouraged) to congratulate your opponent on the win and maybe share some lighthearted salt about unlucky/lucky draws, but please do not harass your opponents or other players. If you have been asked to stop, you’ve crossed the line and need to stop complaining. Never call an opponent anything demeaning or inappropriate. They engaged you in a fair contest and you should respect that. If you feel that the contest was unfair (and I don’t mean unlucky) please consult the Tournament Organizer. This is considered a flagrant offense and you will be dropped and potentially banned after your first warning.
- BM – BM is not in and of itself a rules violation. In moderation, such as torching your own face before making a lethal attack, it is harmless. However, excessive BM is exceedingly disrespectful towards your opponent and will not be tolerated. If frequent complaints about BM are made, your play will be investigated.
- Slow Play – Yes, there are some difficult decisions to make, but you slow down the rest of the tournament. Complains of frequent slow play will result in an investigation.
- Reasonable Limits – If we suspect you have broken any laws during the course of a tournament, we reserve the right to disqualify you and/or investigate.
- False Report – If you constantly report the incorrect match results, you will be investigated and potentially disqualified and/or banned. In the even of a match dispute, a screenshot of your profiles recent match history should reveal the winner.
Weekly Tournaments and Last Chance Qualifiers are not streamed by the ETS Production Team. Participants are encouraged to stream their matches! We recommend that you use a stream delay of at least two minutes in order to discourage stream sniping and backseat coaching. However, Seasonal Invitationals and annual tournaments are streamed by the ETS team, and participants are not allowed to stream unless specifically asked to do so by the Tournament Organizer. Players are allowed to record their perspective for later video content (just not allowed to stream it live).
Weekly Tournaments are held almost every Saturday and begin at 6pm UTC (1pm EST, 10am PST). This will unfortunately likely prevent players from the Asia region from joining, but is necessary to have enough time to comfortably complete a same day Top 8. Please check the Tournament Schedule to find out which weekends the ETS is not running its regular weekly tournament.
Weekly Tournaments feature open registration. Anyone who wants to play is welcome to do so!
- ETS Weekly Tournaments are Swiss System tournaments. After a certain number of swiss rounds, the regular tournament will end and the top players will move on to play in a single elimination tournament to decide the Tournament Winner and Finalist. The number of rounds and the size of the secondary tournament is subject to change based on the number of registered players.
- Fewer than 8 players: Tournament is cancelled
- Exactly 8 players: Single Elimination Tournament
- 9 to 16 players: Four rounds of swiss, Top 4 advance
- 17 to 32 players: Five rounds of swiss, Top 8 advance
- 33 to 64 players: Six rounds of swiss, Top 8 advance
- 65 to 128 players: Seven rounds of swiss, Top 8 advance
- Deck registration closes two hours before the event begins.
- Players must check in to the tournament in the official Eternal Discord at least ten minutes before the tournament starts or they will be considered late. Players must check in to the tournament in the official Eternal Discord before the tournament begins or they will be considered not to be attending.
- If a bye should occur, the round will count as a match win for the player with the bye and will award an Invitational Point.
- Seeding: Players will be seeded in weekly tournaments based on their current Invitational point total.
- Tiebreakers to determine which players make the secondary single elimination tournament will be determined by Match Wins > Opponent Match Win Percentage. If more tiebreakers are required, the Tournament Organizer will determined the method to be used.
Last Chance Qualifier Rules Modifications
The Last Chance Qualifier is held the day before the Seasonal Invitational and it awards the last two invites to the Seasonal Invitational to its Winner and Finalist. Besides these changes, the Last Chance Qualifier follows the same rules and structure as a Weekly Tournament.
- Much like the Weekly tournaments, the Last Chance Qualifier is an Open Registration tournament that allows interested players to freely register. However, players that have already qualified for the Seasonal Invitational are barred from participating.
- Last Chance Qualifiers do not award Invitational Points.
Single Elimination Rules Modifications
(Weekly and Last chance Qualifiers)
- Players that qualify for the single elimination portion will begin a separate seeded single elimination tournament immediately after the tournament completes
- Players will play matches according to the normal tournament rules. Games remain best of 3 all the way through – it’s been a long day.
- Rounds will start and end as players begin and finish their games. There is no time limit for rounds in single elimination.
Qualifying for a Seasonal Invitational
- The Seasonal Invitational is a major Eternal tournament that takes place on the final Sunday of each season. Unlike the weekly tournaments, entrance is not open to anyone who wishes to participate.
- Players who win a weekly tournament automatically qualify for the Monthly Invitational and are awarded a first round bye.
- Players who placed second in a weekly tournament will also be automatically qualified for the Monthly Invitational.
- Additional players will be invited to Invitational in order to bring the total number of entrants up to the desired number of players. Players with the most Invitational Points who have not already qualified will be invited.
- If players can not or will not attend the Invitational, a replacement will be found by inviting the player with the highest Invitational Point total who has not yet been invited.
- In the case of a tie between player’s invitational point totals, the last tournament’s invitational points of each player will compared. If both players earned the same amount of Invitational Points at their last tournament, the winner will be selected randomly.
Seasonal Invitationals follow an entirely different tournament structure from regular weekly tournaments but follow many of the same rules. Check out the Seasonal Invitational Page for more information.
The following accounts are banned from all tournaments run by RNG Eternal: