Toornament v2: Structures

As some of you may already know (either because you read our 2017 Preview blog post, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, have had questions about upcoming features or feedbacks about existing ones), we are relentlessly working on a massive overhaul for the platform. It is way too big a subject for a single article, so we thought we would start by delving a bit deeper into one of the evolving features, which is at the very core of a tournament: the structure.

Currently, when creating a tournament, you have to choose a structure template from a wide selection. It’s quite simple, and presets allow for fast creation, but it can limit organizers looking to create more original formats.

Today, we are proud to announce our Structures V2 on Toornament!
There are no more templates, no more limitations; organizers are now 100% free when it comes to creating their tournament structure. You can freely add, modify and delete stages in your tournaments. And because a few images speak a thousand words:

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You will create your structure by adding stages to it, and can do so whenever you want/need to. As in the example, this means you can create all the stages of your competition in a single tournament (qualifiers, groups, league, playoffs and anything!), and imagine if you are having a great tournament, and suddenly, too many people want to participate in your qualifier, you can just add a new one! Each stage is independent, and can be linked to others to have participants move between each stage of the competition through our new placement process (more to come about this soonTM).

We are eager to disclose more of the changes to come with the new platform, and will do so in the following weeks, so stay tuned because 2017 is going to be an amazing year!

HaloWC 2017 is upon us! Let’s take a look at the whole season

When talking about Esport shooters, Halo 5 Guardians sure is an outsider, but it would be an error to underestimate or mock the title, or its achievements.

After an astonishing 2016 year, that started with a $2.500.000 World Championship, culminating point of a season that span over 4 monthes, Halo 5 is back for its second annual World Championship, one year precisely after its first iteration.

12 teams have qualified through various tournaments to secure their spot in the World Finals, after several seeding tournaments where cash prizes and ranking points were available.

First off, there were the Seasonal Regional Finals (all links from here on are with results & VODs available!):

Then the unique LAN events started, early 2017, with the Saint Louis Qualifier, that was to offer 2 qualifying spots, but ended giving seeding points towards the next qualifiers. Next up was the London Qualifier, where FAB Games and Supremacy won their tickets. The Mexico Qualifier came afterwards, with one qualifying spot grabbed by SoaR Gaming (known as ShockTheWorld at the time).
Finally, 6 out of the 9 remaining slots were for grabs in the Las Vegas Qualifier, and there, OpTic Gaming (current champions, previously under the Counter Logic Gaming banner), Team Liquid, Team EnvyUs, TMMT Crowd Pleasers (previously Pnda Gaming), Str8 Rippin and Luminosity Gaming qualified.

3 teams were still to be selected to participate in the 7-figures World Championship, and after the representative from ANZ got selected, Last Chance Qualifiers were held online in Europe and North America with 1 slot each. The teams that qualified were:

  • Team Immunity (ANZ)
  • London Conspiracy (EU)
  • Splyce (NA)

We now have our 12 participating teams, and the 2017 World Championship is about to begin!

The HCT Winter Championship 2017

The Bahamas, the sun, the sea, the beaches, Hearthstone … Wait? What ?! Yes, you read that right, this week-end will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, the HCT Winter Championship, with the 16 best players of the world, who fought their way through their regional qualifiers (Europe, North America, China & South-East Asia).

In case you missed how they fared in their respective qualifiers, we got you covered !

At the end of the Winter Championship, the 4 best players will have their tickets to compete in the World Championship (where a king is crowned and $1.000.000 is split !), and as if that was not an incentive strong enough, there is a $250.000 cash prize to be shared, with the winner receiving $60.000 !

So don’t miss the competition, some fancy decks may surface, and high level of play will be seen for sure ! And of course, it’s all on Toornament :

The CWL Paris Open 2017 Infographic !

Last month was held in Paris the third Major LAN Event for Call of Duty : Infinite Warfare, during the ESWC Winter. 62 teams gathered to fight for the title and their share of the $100.000 cash prize in what has been the biggest CoD european event ever, with record mobilization from U.S teams, led by OpTic Gaming, who brought the trophy home for the third time in a row.

We wanted to go back to this amazing event, and built one of our infographics to live through this experience again, here it is!

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Toornament was, once again, the solution chosen by the organizers to manage the whole competition, from team registration to the displaying of results and all things tournament-related on-stage.

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In case you missed the tournament, or just wanted to look into it again, all the results and replays are available on Toornament:

Before Season 3 kicks-off, relive Rocket League Esports history

From its very name, it was pretty obvious Rocket League wanted to go down the competitive road, but no one expected such a success. After a Pro Rocket League by MLG late-2015, Psyonix decided to invest in their own League, called the Rocket League Championship Series (or RLCS), starting March 2016.

This first season went through the summer, and ended in August with a $55,000 cash prize (for a total of approximately $75k for the whole season).

If you missed it, you can still see all results on Toornament :

A North American team went home with the title, and soon was announced a second season, to take place in December 2016. This time, European teams came back in force, and swiped everything. The whole podium was occupied by European rosters, who claimed the title and the lion’s share of the $125,000 cash prize allocated to the finals (part of the $200+k total cash prize of the season).

You can also find all Season 2 related results and replays of the matches on Toornament, including the MidSeason Mayhem tournaments, sort of fun separate competitions in which the teams play with several rule changes offered by the game, such as different game modes, Mutators and the likes, not unlike what is done by Riot Games during the League of Legends Championship Series with the All-Stars.

And after two massively successful seasons, we are back for a third season, with the European Top 3 from last season, and NA teams willing to do whatever it takes to reclaim their glory back (and probably also a fair share of the total cash prize of approximately $300k shared between the different Season tournaments).
Having started as a real outsider in Esports, Rocket League is now a contender to be taken seriously, with a huge player base (the game passed 25 Million Players earlier this year), growing numbers in every other aspect, and a will to delve deeper in this ecosystem.
The last qualifiers for Season 3 are over, and the participants and schedule are now known:

The League Play is set to start this week-end, with matches every week-end until the end of April, with the MidSeason Mayhem played in early April, the Regional Finals early May and the World Championship in June. And in the meantime, because there will only be so much you can watch, why not play in some of the Rocket League Open Tournaments currently available on Toornament?

 

Ever needed a Hearthstone Deckbuilder ?

This one is for all Hearthstone aficionados, but directed at the organizers in particular. A common habit for Hearthstone tournaments is to have players submit their decks beforehand, but this often is a hassle, for participants and organizers alike.

Fortunately, our colleagues from Millenium have come up with a simple yet handy Deck Builder. Let us walk you through it!

To create your deck, the first step is to go to the Deck Builder:

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Once you have chosen your class, add cards by simply clicking on them. You have a wide range of filters and criteria to quickly search and find the ones you want:

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Once your deck is complete, you can review it, and access to a Share Link that will allow anyone to view it:

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The connoisseurs will recognize the infamous Renolock deck

But how is that relevant with tournament organization? When creating a tournament, an organizer can add Custom Fields for participants to submit the links to their decks. Custom fields that can either be public or private, depending on the rules of your tournament (and if you want other participants to have access to the decklists of their opponents).

With the Pick&Ban Feature already available for Hearthstone, this is a second step in the right direction, which is an ever-increasing integration of game features into Toornament; and we want to keep going this way, by displaying the submitted decks directly on Toornament for example…

In the meantime, if you are looking for tournaments to play in, head over our Open Tournaments page and register!

Toornament menu #5: What to Watch, Where to Play

As your Esports platform, Toornament brings you many tournaments to follow and even more to participate in.

Check out all our “Games” sections and browse the “Featured” and “Open” tabs. Here are some noteworthy picks from our staff:

WATCH

OW APEX Season 2

When Overwatch came, the big question was: “Will South Korea dive into an FPS?”. The answer is resounding yes and the Korean teams are already dominating, with pristine skill and innovative picks which have redefine the meta many times already – check out Lunatic Hai on Youtube to see what we’re talking about. If you love the game, you can’t miss its main Korean league!

Also worth watching

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Let’s Play Spring 1v1 ASUS Challenge

Wanna show your individual skills at LoL? Happen to be in Sofia, Bulgaria? Enter this 1v1 challenge and win great prizes!

The Just Dance World Cup 2017 Infographic

Toornament, back at it with the colorful infographics!

Last February, Paris hosted the first ESWC Winter. One of its 4 tournaments were the electric Finals of the 2017 Just Dance World Cup.

The 18 best Just Dancers in the world gathered show their moves, precision and style. And they did not disappoint, with crazy matches, cliffhangers and torn jurys.
We retrieved all the results entered by the organizers and came up with these curated datas:

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Here are all the results:

Just Dance is a unique game and unique Esport. Style and substance matter more than execution and body-controlled gameplay widens our horizons. We look forward to follow the Just Dance scene even more for next year World Cup!

Note: the French version of our infographic is available here.

Toornament menu #4: What to Watch, Where to Play

As your Esports platform, Toornament brings you many tournaments to follow and even more to participate in.

Check out all our “Games” sections and browse the “Featured” and “Open” tabs. Here are some noteworthy picks from our staff:

WATCH

IEM Season XI – World Championship Katowice 2017

Katowice, Poland welcomes yet another great event. The IEM XI brings top LoL (this week) and CS:GO (next week) teams around a whopping $600,000 money prize.

Also worth watching

PLAY

COD IW Tourney 3vs3 SnZ BO3

Hyped by this week end’s ESWC? Hone your Infinite Warfare skills and register for all the Open tournaments out there! This 3v3 one looks promising.

Also worth playing

Toornament powers the ESWC Winter 2017

The ESWC Winter is upon us and we’re proud to power their tournaments! As always, this pioneer Esports event is the perfect showcase of our tools and solutions (and a great playground to release new ones).

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Here are all the tournaments to follow this week end, Feb. 17-19:

Call of Duty

The CWL Paris Open is poised to be one of largest CoD tournament in history. With more than 60 top teams from all around the world, the largest North American powerhouses armada ever and a whopping $100,000 money prize, brace yourself for the craziest weekend of all!

Note – the tournament is split in 3 phases:

Open Bracket

Pool Play

Championship Bracket

Clash Royale

Following the great success of the first ESWC tournament last November at Paris Games Week, Clash Royale is back for more. After 7 massive qualifiers, 32 finalists bring their favorite mobile device and duke it out to see who’s the King of the kings!

League Of Legends

The HP Omen Trophy is one of the great French tournaments initiated by Millenium and HP Omen. Rising French teams teams will clash for the national title, the bragging rights and a spot in the EU Challenger Series.

Just Dance World Cup 2017 – World Finals

The grand finals of the Just Dance World Cup are set once again on the ESWC stage! Fan favorites Diegho and Dina are back to challenge their fiercest challenger in some epic dance off.

We’re gonna be on site, feel free come by and meet us!