Kingslayer Games Invitational 2019 – Mid-Season Update 9/18/2018

Kingslayer Games Invitational 2019 – Mid-Season Update 9/18/2018

The Kingslayer Games Invitational is reaching it’s midway point. As mentioned before, this is our first attempt at hosting our own Invitational and it has been met with large participation and excitement. With that, there has also been room for improvement.

First some statistics. We are just over 11 weeks in to the qualifying period and over 250 players have earned Championship Points in the qualifier. We recognize that is no small number, and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has played at Kingslayer so far this season. It’s been truly remarkable to see the participation at the store.

In regards to room for improvement. When I first designed the queuing process and set the point structure for weekly events, I didn’t take into consideration how many Constructed events we have each week compared to Draft events. Counting pods, we actually have 10 to 12 Draft tournaments per week, compared to 7 Constructed tournaments. In addition to that oversight, in the current model if a player participates in Draft, they are likely to average about 0.4 more Championship Points per event versus a Constructed player. I ran some simulations, and the best way to fix this is to role out an adjusted point structure for Constructed events.

Starting today, players in Constructed events will earn 1 Championship Point per Match win. This essentially bumps a 3-1 record to 3 CP’s, and adds 1 CP to the 1-3 finish.

Also with this change, we are eliminating awarding Championship Points to Intentional Draws.

For example:

2-0-1 in Draft will no longer award 3 Championship Points.

Another change we are making is to the actual Invitational itself. I originally thought it prudent to award Championship Points for next season for the players that qualify for the event, as an additional incentive. After 11 weeks of collecting data, I now realize how challenging it is to earn Championship Points, and awarding points or giving a head start to any players for next season doesn’t feel necessary. This way, all players will have a clean start to our second Invitational in 2020.

Since we removed the CP award for 9th through 16th place, I went ahead and added an additional Cash prize to that bracket, bringing our total cash prize to $2,900 up from $2,500.

In addition to the above changes, Kingslayer Games now has it’s own Tournament Policy that encompasses some of the above changes and will help enforce what is most important to us. A safe place to play, integrity of events and a very general trading policy. That policy can be found here.

I truly appreciate the support of the store in this new tournament model and as always, we are very open to feedback and I want to produce the best possible play experience and tournament model for all the players in the store.

Remaining Invitational Qualifiers:

October 21st – Legacy

November TBD – Limited

December TBD – Standard

Old Model:

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New Model:

Kingslayer Invitational Mid Season Update


Q. What is the Kingslayer Games Invitational?

The Kingslayer Games Invitational is a 6-month league that leads up to a 16 person invite-only event awarding $2,500 $2,900 in cash prizing.

Q. How do I qualify?

You can qualify by simply playing in weekly tournaments in the store. Nine players with the most Championship Points at the end of the season (December 31st) will be invited to participate in the Invitational. There will also be 5 Invitational Qualifiers leading up to the invitational. These events are “open” and do not have a prerequisite.

There are two additional invite slots. One Invite for an under 21-year-old player with the most Championship points on December 31st and one invite for a new player with Planeswalker Point Level under 30. Both of these qualifications will be determined at the start of the season. For example, if you are 20 years old and Planeswalker Level 29 at the time of your first event in the Invitational season then you would be eligible for both categories.

Q. Championship Points?

Championship points can be earned in any sanctioned weekly event of the following formats: Limited, Standard, Modern and Legacy. Swiss events only.

Q. Why $2,500 $2,900?

When we decided we were ready to launch our Invitational, we wanted the prize pool to stand out and be large enough to encourage participation. We also wanted the event to last a full calendar year. Alas, here we were in June and ready to launch. We decided that instead of waiting until January 2019 to start the Invitational, we would start one this year to allow our players to get familiar with the format. $2,500 felt like the best option for the launch of the program and next year we are committed to having at least a $5,000 prize pool.

Q. What fees will I expect to pay to participate?

There will be no additional fee in our weekly events to earn Championship Points. The Invitational Qualifiers will be run at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level requiring a judge and additional prizing. Constructed IQ’s will have an entry fee of $25, while the Limited IQ will have an entry fee of $35.

Q. Will there be any modifications made during the season to the qualifying process?

Since this is our first attempt at promoting and executing a higher-level play experience, we expect that some changes may need to be made “on the fly.” Dates of IQ’s, the final format of the Invitational and the point system may need some minor tweaking once we start to collect the data from participants.

Q. When can we start earning Championship Points?

July 1st.

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