Current Version: 1.4

The below tournament rules are live, however they are subject to change/development based on improvement of the league. All interested parties will be made aware of any changes made.

 

Most recent updates are in red.

General Rules:

- This is a competitive event and all aspects of the KeyForge Premier League, both during games and outside of games, will be treated as such.

- Any suspicion of play which breaches tournament rules should be escalated to the KeyForge Premier League organizers for review. Any evidence to support the suspicion should also be provided. (screen shots etc.)

- If a judge is required within a game, you will tag a judge within the #judge-calls channel within discord with the @JUDGE tag.

 - Breaches of tournament rules will carry varying levels of reprimand, outlined later in this document.

 - Hateful speech, racism, sexism, aggression or abuse of any kind will not be tolerated in the KeyForge Premier League. This will be met with a ‘zero tolerance’ mentality by the KeyForge Premier League organizers. This refers to all interactions, examples of which (but not limited to) are; in game, out of game, in the chat log, in a private voice conversation.

- Games will be created to allow spectators for the tournament officials to be able to enter the game, however it is expressly forbidden for other players to interact with the players in the chat or by using other means during their games.

- The chat log will be a ‘clean and family friendly environment’. The participants are free to set up a voice conversation to talk during games.

- League Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place participants at the end of the final game of the knockout stage. The prize for 3rd place will be awarded after a 3rd place playoff game to be played between the losers of each semi-final.

- Any live streaming of events will not be allowed unless express permission has been granted by the KeyForge Premier League organizers. Any live streaming of events will need to have a 5 minute minimum delay for the match being streamed.

 - Recording of games will be allowed, however release of those videos will not be allowed until the start of the next round and only with express permission of your opponent and KFPL organizers. 

- Please try to make the experience an enjoyable one for all involved. Please try to play your games and interact with the community within the spirit intended by the league.

- Any conflict of interest or disagreement will be settled with the sole discretion of the Head Judge/Tournament Organizer for that event.

- For simultaneous play events, the ‘start time’ of the event will be the time the registration closes. Participants not checked in to the tournament at this time will not be able to play in the tournament.

- There is a high unlikelihood due to the nature of online play, that there will be any form of illegal game state, incorrect card draw or other ‘in real life’ issues. However, if these situations arise, inform a tournament organizer immediately for resolution.

- If you click the concede button at any point once the game has started (after the starting hands have been drawn), then it will have been considered that you have conceded that game and your opponent will be awarded the win for that game.

Disconnections:

- If there is a connection issue mid-game, participants will follow the below steps/processes:

TCO Drop/Total Connection Drop:

If there is a TCO Connection issue mid-game, participants will follow the below steps/processes:

 

- If it is early game, before 2 keys in total have been forged, the game will be restarted.

 

If 2 or more keys have been forged:

- If one player has a 2 key lead (including aember count) then they will be declared the winner of that game.

- If there is no clear 2 key lead (including aember count) then this game will be replayed.

 

All of the above is subject to a screen shot of the current game state. Failure to provide evidence of the game state will require a game restart (as this becomes an irreversible game state).

 

Single Player Connection Drop:

If there is a single player connection issue mid-game, participants will follow the below steps/processes:

 

- If it is early game, before 2 keys in total have been forged, the game will be restarted.

 

If 2 or more keys have been forged:

- If the non disconnected player has a 2 key lead (including aember count) then they will be declared the winner of that game.

- In all other instances, this game will be replayed.

 

If a single player disconnects from a game, they will have a 10 minute grace period to reconnect to the game. If that 10 minute period is exceeded, the above rules will be applicable.

 

All of the above is subject to a screen shot of the current game state. Failure to provide evidence of the game state will require a game restart (as this becomes an irreversible game state).

 

The first solo disconnection in a season will be monitored but no penalties will be issued. The second solo disconnection by a participant during the season will result in that participant receiving a warning. The third solo disconnection by a participant during the season will result in a game loss for that participant.

However, this will be reviewed on a case by case basis and final decision lies with the Tournament Management Team.

Warnings, Game Loss and Disqualification:

The fundamental objective of this league is for high level KeyForge to be enjoyed by the community, participants and viewers alike. However, while we do not actively want to punish participants, we feel the need to have a tiered system in place.

Warnings: 

The below actions (but not limited to) may result in a player warning. Repeat offence will increase the severity of the result:

- Miss clicks and manual mode (if not due to a limitation of the platform). Please be accurate in your play.

- Slow play.

- Inappropriate behavior or conversation in chat.

- Tardiness. Up to 10 minutes after agreed game time unless otherwise reported to the opponent/tournament organizer.

Game Loss: 

The below actions (but not limited to) may result in a player warning. Repeat offence will increase the severity of the result:

- No show. After 10 minutes of the agreed upon start time.

- Consistent inappropriate behavior or conversation in chat.

- A significant episode of inappropriate language in the chat log.

- Repeated slow play or a single episode of severe slow play.

Disqualification:

The below actions (but not limited to) may result in a player warning. Repeat offence will increase the severity of the result:

- Collusion of game results to influence the outcome of the league.

- Extremely inappropriate behavior, language, offensiveness or abuse.

Season 2 Format and Specific Rules:

- Tournament Format: Triad

- Number of Games Per Round (Best Of): 3

- Time Limit: Each game in the match will of a 35 minute time limit.

- Games that go to time will follow the standard KeyForge end of game procedure.

- The loser of each game within the round will decide who goes first for the next round.

- The loser of game one may decide to switch decks, if they want to.

- This tool will be implemented for Triad strikes and game one deck selection: http://34.70.212.233:5000/

- The KeyForge Premier League will be set up across 8 groups and each group will play a Round Robin event. 

- At the end of the Round Robin for each group, players of the same record will go into a tie breaker situation. Tie breakers will be as follows:

 - Tie Breaker 1: Win vs Tied Participants

 - Tie Breaker 2: Bucholz-Median Score

 - Tie Breaker 3: Individual Games Won vs Games Lost Difference

- If there are still players who are tied after all 3 of the above tie breakers have been applied, an individual play off game will be played.

- The top seed of each group will progress into the Top 16 single elimination event. The 2nd and 3rd placed players will then play off against each other, with the winner moving into the Top 16 bracket. These 16 participants will be automatically invited to the following KeyForge Premier League season.

- The league will begin February 22nd 2021 and play on a weekly Monday to Saturday schedule. 

 
 
 
 

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