From the minds that brought you the THL World Cup, we rip off another one of the best tournaments in sports.
It's THL March Madness. It will be in April but whatever, March is a state of mind anyway. If you're a fan of NCAA College Basketball then you'll know the format already. It's a 64 player tournament, single elimination until the winner is crowned. Upsets will happen, hearts will break and cinderella runs will captivate viewers from all over the world but mostly within THL.
Unlike our previous tournaments, this one is an invite only affair which is why it has to be announced now. Your performance over the Legacy, Hero and Pro seasons will dictate whether or not you make it to the dance. There is no entry fee, and there will be prizes! Just play your THL matches and play them well and you can be crowned THL March Madness champion. Here's how it works:
The tourney is Bo5 conquest with 1 ban, just like our Pro series. The lists are open because your lineup is locked in for the duration of the entire tourney so choose your decks wisely.
64 players will be invited and seeded (more on that in a moment). There will be a rolling 5 day hard cap on rounds. What that means is that you have 5 days to play each round of the tournament BUT you're welcome to play your next match as soon as it is available. You don't have to wait for everyone in round 1 to be finished if you and your opponent have already advanced to round 2 and are ready to play. Since this is a content driven tournament we would like to get as many matches on stream as possible. Just as with the world cup, for every match you play on stream you will be entered into a raffle for pack prizes!
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Who is going to be invited to this tournament? There are a few ways:
All players on the three championship teams earn an automatic invite (up to 15, pending overlap between series)
All star/All pro players also earn an invite (up to 30, again pending overlap between series and the championship teams)
Big Game Hunters from Legacy and Hero (up to 2)
8 Players who appeared the most on stream during the season (not among the above categories)
Top end, this is 55 invites. Realistically with overlap it’ll probably be 30-40.
The remaining bracket will be filled out via selection committee based on performance across all series (Outstanding performance in a single or two series will be considered).
Once all 64 players are selected, the selection committee will also seed all players 1-64. The top 4 players will all be 1 seeds in each quadrant of the bracket., players 5-8 will be the 2 seeds and so forth.
Your selection committee members are:
We'll also hold a bracket challenge for prizes. You fill out who you think will win each round and you get points for every match you guess correctly. The person who gets the most points will win! I promised on stream that if anyone guesses EVERY match correctly I'll buy your next expansion (the large pack pre-order). I stand by this. There is no entry fee to fill out a bracket and you don't have to be participating in the tournament to play.
Looking forward to seeing you in April and good luck in THL!
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