Now that the massive fun (and work) of WARMACHINE Weekend 2013 is over we can start looking forward to 2014 and beyond. This coming year we are introducing a big change in the Invitational format. In the years' past we have striven for the best possible competitive play and our hope is that these changes will make for an even more fun and exciting tournament format for both players and spectators.
Our goal was to find a system that would encourage attendees to play as much as they wanted, while not having to police players that have previously qualified. We also didn't like the feel of the "alternate qualifier". We felt that even though it served a purpose it just was a bit too clunky in how it handled the job.
Lead Organizer - WARMACHINE Weekend
WARMACHINE Weekend Invitational Changes:
- First big change is that we are going to expand to 29 qualifying events. Those events along with the previous year's Invitational winner, the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) winner, and the Wild Card (more on this in a bit) will give us a 32 player field for the Invitational.
- The Invitational will be a 32 slot, single elimination ranked bracket.
- We are instituting a point system to A) create a ranking system to seed players into the Invitational bracket and have a neat and tidy system in place in case someone doesn't show up (the alts will just come from the next person on the point list).
- Rankings are determined using a points system that rewards players for winning multiple events and larger events (see tables below).
- The point system WILL NOT replace the way you qualify. The winner (or next in line, in case the winner has already qualified) of a Qualifier tournament will still qualify as normal. Again, the points are used for ranking and finding replacement players for the event in case of a no-show.
- The point system will be used for qualifying events throughout the year up to, but not including the LCQ at WMW 2014.
- If the qualifier is from a Masters event, the standings of the Masters finals will be used to determine the qualifier and points rewarded.
- After the LCQ, the player with the most points that did not qualify through normal means (and that is present at the event) will be awarded the Wild Card spot.
- The previous year's winner, LCQ winner and Wild Card will placed in the bracket based on the points they earned throughout the year's qualifier season.
- The previous year's winner will earn a spot in the bracket as normal but will start the season with no points.
- If the winner of a Qualifier event is not present at WMW, then the next highest ranked player based on the bracket points earned will be entered into the Invitational.
- The tiebreaker system will be announced on February 1st, 2014.
WMW Invitational bracket point system
32 players or less