After a longer break it is time to prepare for the next edition of R.A.I.D.
The bad news right away: Next edition of R.A.I.D. is still going to be a 1v1 tournament. 2v2 or 3v3 team events require significantly more preparations and thus time that I do not have right now. Having a 1v1 in the meantime imho is still better than nothing. So: the team event is not off the table... it just has to wait for the 3rd edition of R.A.I.D. Here is the basic plan that will most likely get some minor changes over time:
Bigger Group Stage, separated from K.O. Stage
After R.A.I.D. Vol.1 there where two things obvious that needed a change: Less stress on a single day but more matches and more fun for a longer time.
This requires us to split the tournament up into 2 stages:
A. The Group Stage
The group stage will be expanded:
- Groups will now consist of 4-6 players. [/*]
- Each player play against each other twice (home and away)[/*]
- Group Stage will last 2+weeks[/*]
- (Re-) Introduction of special home/away rules[/*]
- Depending on group size, the first 3-4 players of each group will qualify for K.O. Stage.[/*]
Sign up for the tournament is going to start sometime next week. Groups will be created similar to the first tournament, taking into account the Overall Ranking this time for the seeds. Competitors are going to play each other twice. This will result in a total amount of 6-10 matches for each player in group stage.
No fixed dates for playing matches:
The Group Stage is going to last at least 2 full weeks (and 2 weekends). Players are completely free to arrange their matches and play them whenever they like to. I am going to propose a schedule. But this is going to merely be a suggestion. For easier communication there is going to be a special forum for scheduling talks. (Participants are also going to be asked to enter their messenger details for an even easier communication). As long as matches are played within the time-frame and before the deadline ends, everything is fine.
Matches are going to be counted with the results submission, which is going to work through forum-uploads. Just like in the previous tournament. Since everybody plays each other twice (one 'home' and one 'away' match), it is recommended that you play both matches in a row.
Home/Away and the Blaklist:
We are going to reintroduce the home/away system to a limited extend:
- Home Player decides the map[/*]
- Home Player can blacklist one nation for the away player[/*]
- Home Player can decide the match type (standard or nomad)[/*]
The players play each other twice, each player being 'home player' and 'away player' once.
B. K.O. Stage
K.O. Stage is going to be held on one Saturday (target: December 8th). With the seperation of group stage from K.O. Stage, we will have less matches scheduled for a single day, allowing for BO3 matches in Semi Finals and Finals.
For easier communication, better organization and a more "friendly" atmosphere (=keeping the no shows away) we will require the players to add some more information to their profiles: This is going to include the age,e-mail address, the messenger address (ICQ or MSN with the latter preferred) and a mugshot (photo) of himself. Manuals on how to do this will follow. And no: this is not debatable !
That's the plan for now. Will update this document regularly. Please discuss and make suggestions