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Tecnophi Presents: The FiveShards Diamond Cup

On January 10th-11th, many card-slingers will enter a chance to take home the coveted Diamond Cup as presented by Tecnophi; this is the second cup in the FiveShards Cup Series. After the huge turn out for the Blood Cup (215 Registered, 151 played), we are looking to make the Diamond Cup just as awesome.

The Diamond Cup is Set 2 Cards only. For this tournament, Set 1 champions (as well as standard resources) are legal, but no Set 1 cards.

Check out a quick overview of the rules below in the video, and the details below.


Register here at the Challonge page. Confirmation begins at 8:00am PST (You must pre-register) and the tournament starts at 9:00am PST. To confim, you must login to Challonge, go to the tournament, and push the confirmation button. If you do not confirm your registration prior to the tournament beginning, the tournament will drop you. 

The top 8 will begin promptly at 10:00am PST on Sunday, January 11th.



1st: 36 Set 2 Packs, 20 Set 1 Packs
2nd: 24 Set 2 Packs, 12 Set 1 Packs
3rd-4th: 12 Set 2 Packs, 6 Set 1 Pack
5th-8th: 6 Set 2 Packs, 2 Set 1 Pack
9th: 5 Set 2 Packs, 2 Set 1 Pack
10th-16th: 3 Set 2 Packs, 2 set 1 Pack
17th-32nd:  1 Set 2 Pack, 2 Set 1 Pack


Door Prizes:

Set 2 Primal Pack
Set 2 Primal Pack
Set 2 Primal Pack
Set 2 Primal Pack
4x Adamanth Scrivener AA

We will be giving the door prizes at the conclusion of Round 2/beginning of Round 3. Players must have played both rounds to be eligible for door prizes.


Specific Rules

1. We will stream the tournament from We will cast all pairings, coverage, and rulings on this channel. Players should have it open/accessible to hear updated news. If you are casting the game, we highly recommend you use a card blocker to enable us to do feature match coverage.

2. Reserves and Decklists: We allow a 15-card reserve. Consequently, we require decklists of all participants. Decklists must include the Champion, 60+ card main deck, 0 or 15 card reserve (must be exactly zero or fifteen), and any gems used in the initial deck configuration. All participants must submit their decklists to us using this form (link) by 8:00am PST (WorldClock) on the morning of the tournament, January 10th. Do not post pictures, but actually enter the text. We will post the full set of decklists after the final round completes and also highlight the top 8 decklists. You may change gems during reserves/sideboarding, but not in-between matches.

Template for Decklist


Champion Name Here

4x Card1
4x Card2
4x Card3
2x Card4 (Prime Ruby of Destruction)
So forth

4x More cards
4x More cards

3. Confirmation: Confirmation begins at 8:00am PST (WorldClock) and the tournament starts at 9:00am PST (WorldClock). To confirm your participation, just log into Challonge at any point within an hour prior to the start of the tournament (8:00-9:00am PST) and click the “Confirm” Button. If you do not confirm your registration prior to the tournament beginning, the tournament will automatically drop you.

4. We will stream the tournament from We will cast all pairings, coverage, and rulings on this channel. Players should have it open/accessible to hear updated news. If you are casting the game, we highly recommend you use a card blocker to enable us to do feature match coverage of, alternatively, run your stream on a broadcast delay.

5. Matches: Each match will be determined by the player that wins two games out of three. The match ends when one player wins two games. The client will decide the turn order in the first game using a coin flip. The loser of the previous game will determine if they play or draw in game.

6. Reserves: Players get 2 minutes to side in and out their cards.

7. End-of-time Procedure: Since we cannot run best-of-three matches through the client presently, it is possible that, after 60 minutes, some matches will not be completed. When time is over, the current turn will finish and the players will play five more turns (combined, not each.) If neither player has won two games at this point and neither player has more wins, then the match is a draw. If, after 5 turns, the match is 1-0, then the player with one win wins the match.

8. Slow Play: Since we are not watching all the games in person, it is difficult for us to determine slow play. However, if you are streaming and your opponent seems to be intentionally playing slow, call a judge over to your stream and we will observe the match. The escalation of penalties for slow play is: warning, time reduction for the offending player’s clock, game loss, match loss.

9. Top 8: We will run the top 8 through the in-game 2-player queue.

10. Bugged Game Policy: Unfortunately, there are times when the game may substantially bug out or make it impossible to preserve the state of the game. If the players can preserve the state of the game, they should make efforts to do so. If the game bugs in a way that the players cannot agree to play through, neither player has fatal damage on the board/hands (if streaming), neither player is willing to concede the match, and the bug prevents the match from proceeding, then players are to restart the game. Players do not get extra time for bugged games.

A. Unfortunately, there are several interactions that we heard exist, but cannot confirm the precise steps to replicate those bugs. In interactive cases, we will have to treat several bugs “as is”. That is, play will proceed as if the bug were intended. Unfortunately, the number of existing bugs that we were unable to catch suggests that the number of restarts would be higher than necessary for the tournament.

B. If a bug fundamentally breaks the state of the game, we will have the players restart the game. The threshold for this categorization is higher and may include instances where a player’s self interactions trigger the bug.

C. If you find an interactive bug in your match that we have not listed, do report it to us.  We will try to keep a running list of “as is” bugs on the FiveShards website for quick reference. Additionally, if you find a bug that fundamentally negates your opponents cards, not only are you obligated to inform the judging team, but you should inform your future opponents. For example, if we were to discover the Nibbler bug mid-tournament, it would be the player’s obligation to tell each future opponent that their debuff effects will not work on the card.

11. The administrators of the tournament are also the judges for the event. For the Diamond Cup, the judges will be Pentachills, juzamjedi, and Zubrin. Any decisions by the judges are final.

12. If your deck is built around exploiting a bugged card that is clearly bugged in your own testing, you will forfeit the match you are currently in and we will drop you from the tournament. Since this is early in the set, there is a possibility that people will discover bugs not yet reported. All such bugs should be reported to the tournament administrators for banning consideration (as well as CZE). We strive to ensure the integrity of the tournament.

13. Deck Checks: If a player suspects that an opponent is playing with cards that are not in their original configuration for game 1, or if they are playing with cards that are not in their decklist or reserves, the player can immediately ask for a deck check.  A tournament judge will then cross-check the suspected cards with the submitted decklist. If the player is found in violation, they automatically lose the game. If a player is found to make the mistake a third time, we will escalate the penalty to a match loss. Players may request two deck checks throughout the tournament and checks resulting in penalties will not count against the player’s total number of checks.

14. Any player caught cheating or attempting to cheat will be dealt with at the discretion of tournament organizers, including but not limited to disqualification, banning from future events, and withholding prizes.

15. Feature Match Policy: If you are playing in the Diamond Cup and are streaming, we take that as consent that you are willing to allow us to use your stream as a feature match on the main channel ( If, however, you would not like us to do this, please let us know as soon as possible and we will not host your stream.

16. To drop from the tournament, you will submit a request to us via a form.  You need to use your safeword (entered with deck registration) to properly drop from the tournament.

The Ban List

The Ban List

  • Grave Nibbler—If buffed while underground, the Grave Nibbler can no longer be buffed or debuffed.
  • Rune Ear Burrower—this card continues to gain +1/+1 from troops in some situations.
Exploitive Behavior

There are a few cards that players can exploit on purpose. If a player does so with any of these cards and their opponent provides evidence of it, the offending player will lose the match and forfeit the tournament.

  • Flak Scrapper—The artifact sacrifice stage happens during resolution, allowing players to target an artifact for resolution, then sacrifice the artifact for a second effect while still allowing Flak Scrapper to resolve. Example, A player may use Flak Scrapper, target an Immortal Tears, sacrifice the Tears to get a shard, then still have the Scrapper do two damage.  This exploitation is prohibited. If you use an artifact for Flak Scrapper, you cannot choose to sacrifice it for anything else.
  • Shoggoth—Shoggoth can counter cards while in play and also remain in play. Shoggoth’s ability is meant to only be used in your hand. Using Shoggoth’s ability while it is in play will result in removal from the tournament. Additionally, Shoggoth cannot counter troops when it is in your hand, so play it at your own risk.


Conditional Ban
  • Robots and Giles—If you use Giles on a variety of robots, it also gives dwarves or other races/classes the +1 attack. As such, robots are legal in all non-Giles decks. If you play Giles, you cannot play robots.
  • Fissuresmith—Fissuresmith “comes into play” for each attacking troop. This creates a problem that, if there are inspiring troops on the board, then Fissuresmith will be inspired for every creature that attacks. Given this, and the prevalence of card cost reducing effects in Set 2, Fissuresmith has a conditional ban:
    • Fissuresmith cannot be played in the same deck as any card that has inspire effects or Jovial Pippet.
Cards with Known Issues

Cards in this category are bugged in a way that undermines how CZE intends for them to interact. We determined their bugged effect to either penalize the player using them or minimal enough to warrant a warning, but not an outright ban. A bug with these cards will not result in replaying a game or match:

  • All cards with triggers—Some of these trigger cards can cause you to skip your next main phase.  This includes Briarpatch, Keeper of the Wounded Petal, The Killipede, and others.
  • Augmentation Bot—Buffs are removed when it leaves play.
  • Azurefate Sorceress—Created troops may immediately die when inspired by her. Details
  • Briarpatch—The card’s effect can cause you to skip your first main phase.
  • Callous Awakener—Does not trigger inspire on the troop it takes and loses charges when its owner disconnects.
  • Construction Plans: Tower Hulk—In some interactions you cannot use it to exhaust troops in response. Additionally, when changing zones, it can lose its buffs.
  • Eternal Drifter—Inconsistent on threshold requirements; also, attempting to use the power on this troop can fail and immediately skip the phase you are in (Main or Second).
  • Feral Domination—Certain troops, such as Rune Ear Commander and Dangerous Beast, do not appear to trigger it. This may be intended as these troops enter play with less than 5 attack/defense.
  • Guardian Angel—The card’s effect can cause you to skip your first main phase.
  • Fissuresmith—Your opponent could feasibly steal an inspire card from you (i.e. Highlands Magus or a troop with reduced cost), then play a Fissuresmith hoping to trigger the multiple “enters play” bug on the inspire. You can avoid this by not attacking into a Fissuresmith.
  • Jovial Pippet—This can create set 1 cards which is fine and legal. If you examine a card, you can see the original card it transformed from to verify if your opponent has a legal or illegal set 1 card.
  • Keeper of the wounded Petal—This card’s effect can cause you to skip your first main phase.
  • Kismet’s Reverie—Playing this card while your opponent has a fissuresmith in their deck can allow them to create multiple inspire triggers.
  • Mentors—Replicated mentors will transform into non-usable abilities.
  • Parallel Evolution—It can make PVE troops, many are not quite programmed to work fully yet.
  • Sight of the Sun—In some cases, you cannot exhaust Sight in response to an item on the chain.
  • SPAM Bot—loses self buffs when it leaves play/is transformed.
  • Tectonic Megahulk—Sometimes, when its tunneling number is reduced and it has the proper number of counters, it will not surface until the next turn.
  • Tetzot, Son of Omoc—The rock elemental immediately dies if inspired by an Azurefate Sorceress.
  • The Killipede—The Killipede dealing damage to an opponent can cause you to skip your second main phase.

Frequently Asked Question

Are Set 1 Champions allowed?


Aren’t Standard Resources Set 1?

They do have that tag, but we consider them to be universal and without a true set.

Can I play Shards of Fate?


Who is Tecnophi?

Tecnophi is a long-standing member of the community, competitive player who always blames his poor luck on Zubrin, helped us run the tournament, and is providing the entirety of the prize pool for this tournament. He is our official sponsor for the Diamond Cup.

You can sponsor Cups? How do I get in on that action?

Tecnophi was the first person to approach us about fully sponsoring a tournament, but he is not the last and there are other players, guilds, organizations, and perhaps corporate sponsors who would love to be able to attach their name to an event. We are drafting up what a sponsorship package would look like for Season 1 of the Shard Cup and will soon have that posted (I will edit this post to link there when it is up). We think this is a great a way to both get your name out to the Hex Community and support the community at the same time.

I want to help support the tournament, but I don’t want to fully sponsor one, can I still do that?

Of course! We will always take donations for tournaments as we are unlikely to have a full sponsor for every tournament. As such, donations that people have given us previously will always be used for the next cup in which we lack a sponsor. The biggest thing we are looking for at this point are set 2 packs, so if you have extra you want to send to us, let us know. If you are interested, you can either email us at or you can send in-game items directly to “FiveShards” in Hex.

I would rather help you all run the event than play, is there any chance you are looking for a few extra hands to help run things?

Absolutely.  We prefer people to play if they would prefer doing that, but we also realize that even with the four of us last time, it would be easier to run things with a couple extra hands on deck.  Primarily, at this point, we are interested in getting people to help us run judging. We think there will be fewer decisions this time around, but we want to make sure those casting the matches are not also embroiled in judging decisions.  We may also be willing to enlist a few additional people to help shoutcast matches, but space for that is limited at the moment.  If you want to help judge or have other ways you are interested in contributing, please do email us at

Michael Allen is a competitive HexTCG player, co-host of the 2 Turns Ahead podcast, and founder and moderator of the Hex Subreddit.

12 Comments on Tecnophi Presents: The FiveShards Diamond Cup

  1. Really wish I could play in this and in the last one but the tourney times are 3-4am in Australia. Any chance we could see some way to accommodate Oceanic/Asia entries? Maybe we could be part of a preliminary tournament held the day before in our timezone which then cuts into a spot in the official top 8? Dunno if there’s any good ideas but it definitely sucks to always miss out.

    • Since all of the organizers are North America based, it is hard for us to judge both interest and outcomes of such a tournament. If we had a separate feeder tournament, there could be some issue of people gaming the system such that they will play in the tournament that increases their chances of clearing, not just their region.

      We could try to do some sort of pod structure like the World Cup for a tournament, though the top 8 (or whatever) would still have to be at some time that is not available to others. So, this is all to say that we will keep thinking of an optimal solution for this problem–even if we were able to get a cup just for Oceania, that region wills till be missing out on the vast majority of the points.

      • Maybe a nice lunchtime tourney start in America – would make it 7-8am for Oceanic / Asia. Not sure if that would make it too late for Europeans though? Guess there’s no magic solution but I think there are quite a number of Aus / Asia players!

  2. 12-01 pm Would properly be ok for most EU players. would be around 9pm over here. Ofcause if we need to play 8 rounds again, it might be a bit late

  3. is there an entry fee or req other than register?

  4. Busy around that date I’m afraid. Shame as I’d love to join.

  5. I want to play, but will likely miss round 1, and possibly 2. Can I confirm myself in the morning and show up As Soon As Able, or would I be kicked for the no-shows?

  6. Hi…i submitted a deckllist this morning but i can not rem if i submitted my reserves list…is there a way i can see what i submitted…or just have my list sent to my email please. Sorry to be a pain. would really appreciate it. thank you in advance. i posted this in both chats i apologize for that…but i wanted to make sure i get a response.

  7. or can i just resend a new list? just wanna do w/e is legal.

  8. Good tournament, it was sad there was so much iregularity ( player saying opponent was missing when he was there to gain victory , ppl who can play fissuresmith for exemple and some who was told it was banned etc…) I know it is hard to control everything ,hope it wil be better for the next one.

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