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Thursday 23rd March

Gfinity Hearthstone Free-To-Play Ruleset

This competition is using the Standard mode within Hearthstone

The format is Last Hero Standing. To read how Last Hero Standing works check Section 2.4 of our rule set. When you register to the Cup you comply with this format and recognize that you understand how the format works.

Each player in the cup has 4 picks and 1 ban in each series, and the cup uses an external site for deck picks and bans. Please go to http://sectorone.eu/deckselect/ to choose your picks and bans.

Please be aware that you may only have one deck per class. Ensure that you only have one deck per class before the Cup to avoid disqualification.

1 General

1.1 The Gfinity Cup is on the EUROPE server and can be played by anyone in the world as long as they have an EUROPE account.

1.2 The Gfinity cup is a weekly tournament with £70 as a prize pot. This prize pot is split in the form of £50 / £20.

1.3 All players must be online on the site so they can be Contacted by an Admin.

1.4 All admins will have (Admin) or (Moderator) next to their name when typing in the chat. These are the only admins unless stated otherwise by someone with the tag (Admin).

1.5 All players must own a genuine copy of Hearthstone through Battle.net.

1.6 All players who check in to the Gfinity cup agrees and confirms that they have read and comply with all rules on the Gfinity site.

1.7 Every player is required to list their Hearthstone EU Battletag on their profile. This has to be in the form of SeriouslyCrunchy#2783 for example [This means name#number]. The account that is listed must be the player's own account and the one they are using in the tournament. Players are not to list their Battlenet emails and this will result in the player not being eligible to play.

1.8 If a player changes his game account, this must be prior to the start of the tournament via the ticket system. Changing your ID mid-tournament or playing with an ID different to the one on your profile will result in disqualification.

1.9 By registering for the Gfinity Hearthstone cup, you agree that your Battle.net game account is visible to third parties.


2 Competition Guidelines

2.1 A player has 15 minutes to add their opponent on Battle.net. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit. Once a player has contacted and added their opponent, they can request a delay to the start of their fixture of no longer than 5 minutes. For example, if the fixture is due to start at 18:15, and one player has technical issues, they can request a delay so long as the fixture starts before 18:20. Failure to start within this time may incur a penalty

2.2 The tournament is a single elimination Bo5 throughout, and must be played using the in-game ‘Standard mode’.

2.3 Each player in the Bo5 series may only have one deck for each class.

2.4 How to start a match:

2.4.1 Ensure you only have one deck per class, before you enter the challenge screen. Also ensure that you have deleted all decks on page two of your deck select.

2.4.2 Enter the challenge screen.

2.4.3 Please go to http://sectorone.eu/deckselect/ to pick and ban classes. If the site is down, choose your classes in the format ABBAABBA, where player A is the player at the top of the bracket fixture. Player A then chooses a ban first.

2.4.4 Exchange screenshots of your deck selection screen.

2.4.5 If there is a discrepancy in your opponent's deck selection screen (i.e multiple decks per class) please contact an admin immediately.

2.4.6 If you have multiple decks per class at this point and you are playing your first opponent in the cup, you may leave the challenge screen to remove a card from the decks you are not using. If this is not your first opponent in the cup, you may face a one game penalty.

2.4.7 Start the match.

2.5 Players may edit decks between opponents. For clarification, when Player A has started a Bo5 series vs Player B he may not edit his decks.

2.6 The Bo5 series is played out in the format of the last man standing. For clarification 'Last Man Standing' is when Player A takes a class, in this case, 'Warlock' and Player B takes 'Warrior' if Player A wins, he must keep 'Warlock' and player B then changes his class. You cannot change your deck if you won the game.

2.7 If a player misclicks a class, for instance a class he has already lost with or a class he isnt using, the game is immediately restarted with no change to the score

2.8 Once you have lost with a class, you cannot pick that class again for the duration of that BO5 series.

2.9 Players who leave the challenge screen after the Bo5 series has started without contacting an admin will face disqualification.


3 Match Specific

3.1 If in the case of a draw [where both players HP falls to 0 at the exact same time] then the game will be rematched with the exact same 2 decks.

3.2 If a player disconnects and is not able to reconnect to the game, the disconnect will be treated as a one game loss for the player who lost the connection unless both participants agree to play a rematch. If the admin team believes that a player is faking or taking advantage of a disconnect to edit their decks part way through their BO5, that player will be immediately disqualified.

3.3 If a game is to be rematched, both players are to use the same decks that they used in the game they are rematching.

3.4 In order to communicate and contact your opponents. Please add the opposing players battle.net ID which you can find on your opponents Gfinity profile. Also please check the chat room in the bottom right of the website for your opponents.

3.5 If a bug takes place, both players are to take a screenshot immediately and then leave the game. As soon as this is done contact an admin immediately.


4 Reporting Scores

4.1 All players are to screenshot every single match and should keep them until the tournament has ended. Screenshots should also be taken of any other relevant proof in case of a dispute. Please ensure the timestamp is 100% clear in any screenshots, and please make sure you upload evidence to gyazo/tinypic straight away so admins can use the upload time to support your claim, in addition admins may request gif files as proof, for instance when showing you have added a user to friends list.

4.2 To report a no-show enter a 3-0 win.

4.3 Both teams must report the Match results within 10 minutes of its completion.

4.4 Players must report the Match Score accurately, with overall games won being reported after the entire BO5 has taken place. For example, the Match Score must be reported as 3-0, 3-1, etc.

4.5 How do I report scores?

To report scores for a competition:

Click 'Menu' located at the top of every page and click 'Results'

Locate the fixture you wish to report a score for

Enter result

4.6 The report score function will only display 15 minutes after the designated start time of the fixture.

4.7 Both teams must enter the result.

4.8 If two teams/players enter the result differently, a member of the Admin Team will be notified of the discrepancy and will intervene.

4.9 Teams/players found to be deliberately mis-entering results may face disciplinary action from the Admin Team

4.10 Results that are not confirmed by both parties will be checked by a member of the admin team and will be accepted after approximately 5 minutes.

4.11 If a Match is not played, and neither team reports a No Show, awarding of the Match win will be decided by a Gfinity Staff member.


5 Conduct

5.1 All players are expected to uphold a level of respect and decency towards other players/participants and admins. Any form of abuse is taken seriously and we request players screenshot said abuse.

5.2 All participants in any Gfinity competition will be required to uphold to the highest standards and observe common sportsmanship. Racism will NOT be tolerated. If you are seen to be racist then you will have action taken against you. Being abusive in any way towards fellow players or admins will also result in disciplinary action.

5.3 Anyone who has been caught cheating in any Gfinity event may be suspended from all future Gfinity events. Gfinity Admins will review cases and players may be suspended for a period of not less than one month and is subject to review by Gfinity admins for readmission after that point. If a player is caught cheating in a Gfinity match, their team shall forfeit that game. Gfinity will not conduct witch-hunts to try and find cheat violations against players.

5.4 Watching an opponents stream or watching a live broadcast of your own game is strictly forbidden, this includes listening to as well.

5.5 Gfinity reserves the right to remove a player at their discretion based on previous bans or outstanding bans from other tournaments.

5.6 If a player is found to be cheating and/or using illegal customization in any Gfinity match the score will be overturned and the player permanently banned.

5.7 If a player is found to be using an alternative account to circumvent a ban, any matches on any team that he/she has played in the last 30 days will be overturned.

5.8 Consequences for players behaving in a manner considered by admins to be abusive, glitching, modding, cheating, unsporting, or who in any way conduct themselves in a manner not befitting the competition, will be subject to the following minimum sanctions:

a. First offence, player warned.
b. Second offence, 1-month suspension for the player/players involved.
c. In the event of the same or another player from the same team stepping out of line, the team will be warned and players suspended for a further 3 months.
d. Any further offences will result in the team being permanently removed from the competition.


6 Prizes

6.1 All results and final placements are verified by Gfinity staff before prizes are awarded.

6.2 If one or more players are found to have broken any rules then the entire team will forfeit their prize.

6.3 We aim to credit prize money to your wallet within 7 days of the completion of the respective competition. However, this may take up to 7-10 days to process after withdrawal from the wallet.


7 Gfinity Staff

7.1 Gfinity Staff can be contacted to answer any questions or solve any problems your team may have during a Match.

7.2 If a Gfinity Staff member is called into a Custom Games Lobby, players must keep the Gfinity Staff member un-muted at all times.

7.3 Verbal and/or written abuse of a Gfinity Staff member will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to: Forum Posts, Private Messages, and Steam Messages. The individual user and/or team violating this rule will be subject to penalties. All team leaders are responsible for the conduct of the players on the team while interacting with Gfinity Staff and are subject to penalties if a team member becomes abusive towards Gfinity Staff.

7.4 Gfinity Staff members have the discretion to make necessary calls to ensure the match is completed successfully. When in a match, the Gfinity Staff member's call is final and must be followed. Failure to do so will result in penalties for your team.


8 Miscellaneous

8.1 The rules are open to many different interpretations. The only interpretation, which matters, is the interpretation of the Admin team. We reserve the right to modify the rules at any time. This includes changes due to software updates or releases, and any other change deemed necessary by the league. You must understand that the rules listed are guidelines to try and ensure fair and competitive play, and they will be applied by officials based on the spirit of the game. Teams should check the rules prior to any event to ensure they are in compliance. They should also keep an eye on the website as changes will be announced on the website. You must be familiar with the current rule set.