Eternal Tournament Series

Welcome to the Eternal Tournament Series (ETS)! We are a community organized and run tournament series for the Eternal Card Game. We run free, open-registration events regularly on Saturday

We will be running Invitational events up through the end of November, so we don’t have registration for any Open events up. We will be running at least one open tournament between the end of Worlds (November 18th) and the start of the second year of ETS, so stay tuned here and in the #tournament-info channel on the Eternal Discord.

Information about the Season 6 Invitational coming up on October 28th, 29th.

Information about ETS Worlds coming up on the weekends on November 11th, 12th and November 18th, 19th.

Please check the Tournament Schedule to find out which weekends the ETS is running events.

  1. Open Tournaments
    1. Weekly Tournaments
    2. Last Chance Qualifiers
    3. Single Elimination
  2. The Season System
  3. Invitational Points
  4. Series Points
  5. Invitation-Only Tournaments
    1. Season Invitational
    2. Midseason Major
    3. Worlds Wildcard
    4. World Championships

Open Tournaments

There are two different kinds of regular tournaments: Standard ETS Weekly tournaments and Last Chance Qualifiers. There are different kinds of Last Chance Qualifiers depending on the event that they are qualifying for, with the Season Invitational LCQ being discussed here as the baseline LCQ. Other LCQs will have their own pages with explicit rulesets.

Weekly Tournaments

Weekly tournaments open to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of collection size, experience, or renown. The tournaments cost nothing to enter and only require the time commitment to play. While they do not provide cash prizes, they do grant points that lead to invitations to our invite-only tournaments.

  • 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 playoff
    • 17 to 32 players: Five rounds of Swiss, Top 8 playoff
    • 33 to 64 players: Six rounds of Swiss, Top 8 playoff
    • 65 to 128 players: Seven rounds of Swiss, Top 8 playoff
    • More than 128 players: Additional rounds of Swiss, as necessary. Top 8 playoff.
  • Deck registration closes two hours before the event begins.
  • Check-in: Players who have registered for the event must check-in in the official Eternal Discord in the 30 minutes before the event in #tournament-results, or they will be considered not to be attending and dropped from the event.
  • If a bye should occur, the round will count as a match win for the player with the bye and they will be awarded an Invitational Point.
  • Seeding: Players will be seeded in weekly tournaments based on their current Invitational Point total. Players without Invitational Points are seeded randomly after all the Invitational Point players have been seeded.
  • Tiebreakers to determine which players make the secondary single elimination tournament will be determined by Match Wins > Opponent Match Win Percentage (note: this is not the Tiebreaker method displayed in the Challonge bracket!). The Top 8 will be announced by a Tournament Organizer after the Swiss portion of the event has ended. If more tiebreakers are required, the Tournament Organizer will determined the method to be used.
  • Points: Weekly tournaments award both Invitational Points and Series Points. Descriptions on how to earn these points can be found in the appropriate section.
  • Rules: More detailed rules for all events can be found here.

Last Chance Qualifier Rules Modifications

The Last Chance Qualifier is held after the last Weekly event of a season but before the Season Invitational to allow players to qualify for the Invitational. 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 Season Invitational are barred from participating.
  • Last Chance Qualifiers do not award Invitational Points or Series Points.
  • The Top 4 players of a Last Chance Qualifier are invited to play in that Season’s Invitational tournament.

Single Elimination Rules Modifications (Top 8)

  • Players that qualify for the single elimination portion of the event will begin a separate seeded single elimination playoff immediately after the main tournament completes
  • Players will play matches according to the normal tournament rules. In Top 8, however, matches become Best of 5.
  • Rounds will start and end as players begin and finish their games. There is no time limit for rounds in single elimination.

The Season System

Eternal Tournament Series tournaments currently operate on a six-season-per-year system. Seasons are two months long and culminate in a Season Invitational. Invitational Points are earned for the duration of the season, but at the beginning of the next season you must again begin earning Invitational Points. Exact season start and end dates can be found on the Tournament Calendar, but an approximate calendar, including major tournaments, is found below. Seasons begin with the first weekly tournament and end with the Invitational. A full schedule of events can be found on the Tournament Calendar.

Invitational Points

Invitational Points are a representation of how many tournament matches a player has won in the course of a given Season. They are earned by winning matches in Weekly events. The primary purpose of Invitational Points is to qualify players for Season Invitationals, which are described below.

A more detailed explanation of Invitational Points and how to earn them can be found here.

Series Points

Series Points are a measure of a player’s tournament success throughout the year, and are earned via high placements in events. The primary purpose of Series Points is to qualify players for the highest level of ETS events, which are described below.

A more detailed explanation of Series Points and how to earn them can be found here.

Invitation-Only Tournaments

Season Invitational

As with all major tournaments, details are subject to change and full information for the tournament will become available at least a full month in advance. These details will be confirmed or changed by the specific Invitational’s official rules document. However, as we have run a number of Invitationals now, we have a pretty good estimate of how they will look.

Thirty-Two (32) players will be invited to a Season 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

Midseason Major

This sixteen player tournament takes place on April 15/16, 2017. Full information on the tournament will be available at least a month in advance. The following players are invited:

  • 3 Invitational Champions
  • 12 Series Points Players
  • 1 Midseason Major LCQ Winner

Worlds Wildcard

This sixteen player tournament takes place on November 11/12, 2017. Full information on the tournament will be available at least a month in advance. The following players are invited:

  • 9th through 24th highest Series Points players that did not qualify for the World Championship

World Championship

This sixteen player tournament takes place on November 18/19 and 25/26, 2017. Full information on the tournament will be available at least a month in advance. The following players are invited:

  • 6 Invitational Champions
  • 1 Midseason Major Champion
  • 8 Series Points Players
  • 1 Worlds Wildcard Winner