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The FiveShards Season 2 Sapphire Cup sponsored by the Dragonborn!

On September 12th-13th , many shard-masters will compete for a chance to take home the coveted Sapphire Cup presented by the Dragonborn guild; this is the fourth tournament in Season 2 of the FiveShards Shard Cup Series.

The Sapphire Cup is standard constructed—that is, all current PVP sets are legal including Armies of Myth.

Register here at the Battlefy page. Confirmation begins at 8:00am PDT (You must pre-register and provide a deck list) and the tournament starts at 9:00am PDT. To confirm, you must log in to Battlefy, 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 and we cannot re-add you to the tournament.

The top 8 will begin promptly at 10:00am PDT on Sunday, September 13th

Prizes

1st: 48 Set 3 Packs
2nd: 32 Set 3 Packs
3rd-4th: 16 Set 3 Packs
5th-8th: 10 Set 3 Packs
9th: 8 Set 3 Packs
10th-16th: 6 Set 3 Packs
17th-32nd:  3 Set 3 Packs

Random Door Prizes:

Cloud King Sleeve
Cloud King Sleeve
Duplicitous Duke AA
Duplicitous Duke AA
Duplicitous Duke AA

We will be drawing the door prizes at the conclusion of round 2.

Specific Rules

1. We will stream the tournament from www.twitch.tv/fiveshards. 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 and/or broadcast delay 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 PDT (WorldClock) on the morning of the tournament, September 12th. Do not post screenshots. Submissions must be entered in text. We will post the full set of decklists after the final round completes and also highlight the top 8 decklists.

Template for Decklist

Champion

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

Reserves:
4x More cards
4x More cards

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

4. Matches: Matches will occur in the best 2 of 3 matches through the client. 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. Once the tournament begins, any bugs will be treated as is and we will not be restarting matches except if a player can prove the game state has stalled and restarting the client does not resolve. Additionally, if a player does not get back to their game within the 5-minute window they have to reconnect, the game will award them a loss and we will not restart a match.

4B. If a player starts the game with the wrong champion, the players can restart a match once the player informs his opponent that it is the wrong champion and understand why the match is restarting. However, if you have the same champion as you have registered, you CANNOT restart the game.  If your opponent asks for a deck check and you are found to be using unlisted cards, it will result in the normal penalty of a game loss.

5. Reserves: The client handles this. If you used the wrong deck for reserves, we will not restart a match. Starting the match with the proper deck contents is the player’s responsibility, even if your reserves are empty.

6. End-of-time Procedure: For most cases, time will occur through the client. If a person runs out of time, they lose the match no matter if they have won a previous game in the match. In rare cases, we may have to restart a match. In those cases, people will follow the end of time procedures as follows:  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.

7. Slow Play: If in a best-of-three match via the client, slow play does not matter. However, if two players cannot use the client, then we offer the following procedure: 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.

8. Bugged Game Policy: Once the tournament begins, any bugs will be treated as is and we will not be restarting matches except if a player can prove the game state has stalled and restarting the client does not resolve. Additionally, if a player does not get back to their game within the 5-minute window they have to reconnect, the game will award them a loss and we will not restart a match. However, if it is clear that a player is using a bugged interaction in an exploitative manner to win matches, we will disqualify that player and they will be banned from future FiveShards tournaments.

9. Judges and Rules: The administrators of the tournament are also the judges for the event. For the Sapphire Cup, the head judge is Zubrin and we will have a few judges on hand that provide you with a first point of contact. We will have a document detailing procedures and penalties available prior to the tournament.

10. Deck Checks: If a player suspects that an opponent is playing with cards that are not in their original configuration for game one, 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.

11. Cheating: 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.

12. Feature Match Policy: If you are playing in the Sapphire 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 (twitch.tv/fiveshards). 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. If you would like, you can use our official card blocker here:

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13. Drop Policy: To drop from the tournament, you will submit a request to us via this form. You need to use your safeword (entered with deck registration) to properly drop from the tournamentNew Rule for Season 2: If a player decides to end the tournament early, but does not fill out the drop form to remove themselves from the pool (or does not individually remove themselves from the tournament via battlefy) they will lose 1 Shard Cup point. Please drop from the tournament so we do not have any dead games.

14. Play Order: The play order for the first game in each match of the top 8 is determined by seeding.

15. Player Conduct: Players should conduct themselves in a professional manner as the tournament series is a standard bearer for HexTCG competitive play and we stream many of the matches on our main channel. Poor behavior towards your opponent, tournament organizers, or judges can result in penalties. Minor infractions will lead to warnings with subsequent violations leading to game and match losses; major infractions can result in game and/or match losses and will escalate to tournament bans.  Major infractions include, but are not limited to, abuse, harassment, threats, or language that includes slurs against individuals’ race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or other affiliation. Infraction severity and penalty will ultimately be up to the head judge.

Banned and Restricted List

Since the client can play best of three matches, we will treat card interactions “As is” and play through what bugs may exist.

Titania’s Majesty – To follow HexEnt’s lead in banning the card from PVP tournaments, we are banning it for this weekend.

Warning

We treat all bugs “as is” in the client. Of note, Angel of Dawn cannot be countered at the moment. It gives you the option to use counter magic against it, but counter magic, from what we have seen, fails to counter Angel of Dawn. We are not banning Angel of Dawn.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the sponsor for this tournament?

The Sponsor for this cup is the Dragonborn Guild. They are a group of active PVP and PVE players with several names you may recognize from their wins in PVP tournaments and their streams.  Many of their players are Kickstarter backers that have played TCG’s for many years and playtest frequently for PVP tournaments.

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

We are currently booked on sponsors for all of Season 2. You did it Hex community! Season 3, however, will be approaching soon and we will certainly need new sponsors then.

 

 

 

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

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