Invitational Points are a representation of how many tournament matches a player has won in the course of a given Season. They last only for the duration of the season, and are not tracked beyond that season. Record setting Invitational Point values are tracked as part of the Hall of Fame.
Earning Invitational Points
Winning a tournament match at a Weekly Tournament awards that player with one Invitational Point. This is the only way to earn Invitational Points. All matches are weighted the same – winning in the finals is the same as winning in the 0-5 bracket. Players can gain an unlimited number of points at each weekly tournament, limited only by the number of matches they play and win.
However, Invitational Points are tracked by tournament – your total Invitational Points earned in a single tournament are counted as a single “result”. Your four highest results make up your Invitational Point Total. Results beyond the four only count if they are higher – playing in four tournaments and getting 10, 5, 3, 2 points is the same as playing in eight tournaments and getting five points in each one – the total of your four highest results only will be counted. It is not possible to make your Invitational Point total go down by doing poorly in a tournament or missing one, so do your best at every tournament you attend and don’t worry about skipping a tournament or dropping. The system is designed such that you don’t need to do exceptional at every single tournament we run.
The current season’s Invitational Points are tracked and publicly visible on this page. Players are listed in descending order of Invitational Points.
Invitational points are earned only for the duration of the current season. At the start of a new season, all Invitational Points reset.
Let’s say over the course of Season Two you went 5-2, 5-2, 4-3, 3-4, and 1-6 at five different tournaments. You earned 5, 5, 4, 3 and 1 point at each tournament, respectively. Your top 4 results combine to give you 17 points, and your other results are discarded.
What are Invitational Points used for?
Qualifying for the Seasonal Invitational
The primary purpose of Invitational Points is to qualify players for Season Invitationals. This is broken up into three separate invitation waves. First, the four Rookies with the highest points are invited, then the sixteen players with the highest points that have not already qualified will be invited, and finally, if players decline their invitations or otherwise cannot attend, additional players will be invited based on Invitational Points.
That means at least twenty players will be invited to every Invitational based on Invitational Points, which makes them the most common way to receive an invitation. However, the fight for points is a heated battle, and upwards of eighteen points are usually required to qualify for an invitation at all.
End of Season Series Points
At the end of a season, players will be awarded Series Points based on how many Invitational points they have, relative to the field that season. These series points award players for doing well in multiple tournaments and help encourage players to push for high finishes even after they’ve already qualified for an Invitational.
- Players with the highest, second highest, or third highest point totals (or tied for these totals) will earn 3 Series Points.
- Players with the fourth highest or fifth highest point totals (or tied for these totals) will earn 2 Series Points.
- Players with the sixth highest point total (or tied for it) will earn 1 Series Point.
Who are Rookies?
A Rookie is a player who has played in three or fewer ETS tournaments prior to the current season. This does not take into account tournaments played during the current season – Rookie status doesn’t “fall off” if you play in too many tournaments during a season. For example, a player could have played in three unrelated ETS tournaments in the last year, then enter their first 2018 tournament in Season Two. They would be considered a Rookie in Season Two, regardless of whether they played in only one tournament that season or all eight. However, they would NOT be considered a Rookie for any and all subsequent Seasons. Conversely, if a player had played in only one prior ETS tournament, then played two tournaments in 2018 Season One, they would be considered a Rookie for Season One. They would ALSO be considered a rookie the next season that they entered, as they will have played in only 3 total events. All ETS branded events are considered for this purpose – Last Chance Qualifiers and Invitationals count, while ETS Team League is considered a separate, team series, and does not count for Rookie status.
Players who qualify for a Premiere tournament are not considered Rookies in future seasons, even if they do not play in more than three tournaments.