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Posted 28 May 2020 - 01:47 AM

PRO Stratego Series 2020-21

GENERAL RULES

Contents


§1. Who is eligible to play?

§2. PRO Stratego Series 2020-21
§2.1 Tournament Schedule
§2.2 Tournament Types
§2.2.1 PRO Ladder
§2.2.2 PRO Perfect
§2.2.3 PRO Series 3

§2.2.4 PRO Series 4
§2.2.5 PRO Final
§2.3 Qualifications

§2.4 Scoring System

§2.5 International Rankings
§3.1 Starting Time Ranges (STRs)

§3.2 Game Arrangement

§3.3 Game Criteria

§3.4 Automatic Arrangements

§3.5 Extensions

§3.6 International Scheduling Rule

§4. Reporting Results and Screenshots

§5. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour and Bans

§5.1 No-show

§5.2 Absence

§5.3 Cancellations

§5.4 Withdrawals

§5.5 More information

§6. Disputes and Disconnects

§7. Tournament Committee’s Policy

§8. Questions & Suggestions
§9. TC Rights & Reserves

§10. Tournament Committee and Judging

 

 

 

§1. Who is eligible to play?
- Any non-banned player can participate if he/she meets at least 1 of the following criteria:

- Ranked ELO 250 or higher at close of registration
- Having participated in any previous tournament organised by TC or WCO

- Any player wanting to participate should be registered in the Alias Register http://forum.strateg...larations-2020/

Players who have previously made a post in the Alias Register need not make another post. If it is discovered that any tournament participant has not disclosed an active account in the Alias Register, they will be disqualified from the tournament and subject to a tournament ban (See TCP §7).

Multiple registrations by one player are forbidden. Additionally, a player’s account must not be accessed by anyone other than the player, which includes the use of the forum and private messages.

-Registering for this tournament is considered acceptance of the PRO Series 2020-21 Rules AND the Tournament Committee’s Policy 2020/2021 (TCP) (See §9)


§2. PRO Stratego Series 2020-21

 

The PRO Stratego Series 2020-21 consists of four Qualifying Tournaments (PRO Ladder, PRO Perfect, two other tournaments yet to be decided) and a Final (PRO Final). The Top 16 in the overall standings after the 4 tournaments will qualify for the Final to be held on November-December 2021. (See §2.3)

During the 2020-2021 season, there will be money prizes for the PRO Series:

 

1. The player with the most points obtained at the end of the last (4th) qualification tournament will be rewarded 50 EUR.

2. The player who wins the PRO Final will be rewarded 75 EUR. 

 

§2.1 Tournament Schedule

- The PRO Stratego Series 2020-21 consists of 4 Qualifying Tournaments and 1 Final Tournament
- PRO Ladder (June 8 , 2020 –July 13 , 2020), see §2.2.1
- PRO Perfect (August 31, 2020 – October 5, 2020), see §2.2.2

- PRO Series 3 (May 31, 2021 – July 5 , 2021), see §2.2.3

- PRO Series 4 ( September 6 , 2021 – October 11, 2021) , see §2.2.4
- PRO Final (November 22, 2021 to December 20, 2021), see §2.2.5

§2.2.1 PRO Ladder

- This tournament starts as if an Elimination Tournament.
- Let’s say 32 players sign up. After Round 1 we have 16 winners (Level 2) and 16 losers
(Level 1). In Round 2, players on Level 1 will play each other and players on Level 2 play each
other. After Round 2 we have 8 players on Level 3 (2 wins), 16 players on Level 2 (1 win,
1 loss) and 8 players on Level 1 (2 losses). This process continues – each player plays
someone else on their level. After Round 3 you have 4 players on Level 4 (3 wins), 12 players
on Level 3 (2 wins, 1 loss), 12 players on Level 2 (1 win, 2 losses) and 4 players on Level 1
(3 losses). After Round 4 you would have 2 players on Level 5 (4 wins), 8 players on Level 4 (3
wins, 1 loss), 12 players on Level 3 (2 wins, 2 losses), 8 players on Level 2 (1 win, 3 losses) and
2 players on Level 1 (4 losses). Then, after the Final Round you have 1 player on Level 6 with
5 wins (the Champion), 5 players on Level 5 with 4 wins and a loss, 10 players on Level 4 with
3 wins and 2 losses, 10 players on Level 3 with 2 wins and 3 losses, 5 players on Level 2 with
1 win and 4 losses and 1 player on Level 1 with 5 losses. Summarizing, this gives:
- After Round #1: 16 – 16
- After Round #2: 8 – 16 – 8
- After Round #3: 4 – 12 – 12 – 4
- After Round #4: 2 – 8 – 12 – 8 – 2
- After Round #5: 1 – 5 – 10 – 10 – 5 – 1
- If there is a different number than 32, this process might be a little different. Suppose there are 20 players signing up. After Round 1 we have 10 winners (Level 2) and 10 losers (Level 1). After Round 2 we have 5 players on Level 3, 10 players on Level 2 and 5 players on Level 1. And here a problem arises because we have Levels with an odd number of players (Level 1 and Level 3). In Round 3 one player from Level 3 will play a player on Level 2. This also means one player from Level 2 will play someone from Level 1. In case the player from Level 2 wins in the match Level 2 - Level 3, there will only be 2 players left on Level 4. In case the player from Level 1 wins in the match Level 1 - Level 2, there will only be 2 players left on Level 1 as well. This means we have 2 players on Level 4, 8 players on Level 3, 8 players on Level 2 and 2 players on Level 1. After Round 4 there will be 1 player at Level 5, 5 players on Level 4, 8 players on Level 3, 5 players on Level 2 and 1 player on Level 1. In the given scenario, this gives:
- After Round #1: 10 - 10 
- After Round #2: 5 - 10 - 5
- After Round #3: 2 - 8 - 8 -2
- After Round #4: 1 - 5 - 8 - 5 - 1
- The decision which player from a higher level is matched up with a player from a lower level is decided randomly.
If there is only 1 player at the highest level, that player is the winner, and the tournament has finished.
This means the tournament length in weeks depends on the amount of registrated players. However we can conlude that, in case of:
- Under 16 players, the tournament duration will be 3 - 4 weeks
- Exactly 16 players, the tournament duration will be 4 weeks
- Between 17 and 31 players, the tournament duration will be 4 - 5 weeks
- Exactly 32 players, the tournament duration will be 5 weeks
- More than 32 players, the tournament duration will be 5 weeks or more
- Within this tournament, draws are forbidden – otherwise this system wouldn’t work. In the event of a draw, players should rematch IMMEDIATELY. If that is not convenient, they may alternatively both decide to replay the game on a later occasion. This agreement should be communicated to TC at the conclusion of the first game. If the time of the re-match is not communicated, the rematch will be automatically arranged for Sunday 18:00 GMT (See rule §3.5) Please note that in this scenario the time of the rematch must not be later than the cut-off point of Sunday 20:00 GMT.

- There will be no tiebreakers in that tournament , and players finishing with equal points will split the amount of qualification points they are going to earn equally. 

- This tournament will start March 18, with the finishing date dependent on the amount of registered players.

§2.2.2 PRO Perfect

- This tournament is a ‘normal’ Swiss Perfect Tournament, just like (most) live tournaments and the World Championship Online (WCO)
- The tournament will have 5 rounds, and last for 6 weeks
- The tournament will run from August 21 to October 5
- The seeding for PRO Perfect is not yet known

§2.2.3 PRO Series 3

 

- The format for this tournament is not yet known

- This tournament will run from May 31 to July 5 , 2021

 

§2.2.4 PRO Series 4
 

- The format for this tournament is not yet known

- This tournament will run from September 6 to October 11, 2021

§2.2.5 PRO Final

 

- The Top 16 players with the most points after all 4 PRO Series tournaments  will be invited to play in the PRO Final, a sixteen-player single-elimination knock-out tournament. For the selection process, please see Rule §2.3.
- The PRO Final will be single-elimination tournament and will be seeded (
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- The seeding for PRO Final is not yet known
- The tournament will have 4 rounds, and lasts for 4 weeks
- The tournament will run from November 22 to December 20 , 2021

- In case of a draw, the game must either be replayed immediately or at the default time - Sunday 18:00 GMT

- If the replay is a draw as well, a Quick Arena playoff needs to be played (first player to win advances)

 

§2.3 Qualifications

During the qualification tournaments, points are obtained using the following system (which is a variation on the Formula 1 scoring system and the Stratego EGC Grand Prix)**:

 

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**Ties in qualifiers will be solved giving players the average score of their sum of scores. For example if players at the position 4-6 are tied, this gives (12+10+8)/3 = 10 points for ALL 3 players, meaning the amount of points distributed for each tournament is equal.

 

The 16 players with the most points will be invited to participate in the PRO Final.

 

Please note that a player can participate in ALL the 4 tournaments if he wants to (opposed to previous editions).

-If any of the qualified players is not able to play in the PRO Final, the remaining spots will be filled according the Qualifier List till we have 16 players.

§2.4 Scoring System

 

- You will get 6 points for a win, 3 points for a draw 1 point for a loss. If you fail to show up, you won’t get any points. Qualification points will be rewarded as in the above paragraph.
- Players who withdraw from the tournament will get 0 qualification points for this tournament.

§2.5 International Rankings

 

- All 5 branches of the PRO Series will count for the International Online Stratego Ranking, which can be found here: http://greg.kleier.n...neral/index.php

§3. Arranging a Tournament Game

 

Arrangements of tournament games will be conducted via the Private Message (PM) facility on stratego.com’s forum. Both players will be contacted by TC so that game arrangements can begin. TC will send a new PM for each round.

 

§3.1 Starting Time Ranges (STRs)

 

Each player must provide availability in the form of ‘Starting Time Ranges’ (STRs). Each player must provide 3 VALID STRs before Thursday 23:59 GMT.

 

An STR consists of a range of 2 hours in which a player can START the game.

 

Proposed STRs are only valid when fulfilling each of the following conditions:

 

1. Each STR must have a minimum length of two hours (for example, proposing Tuesday 20:00 GMT – 22:00 GMT would mean a player is available to START a game at 20:00 GMT, and his latest availability to START a game is 22:00 GMT)

 

2. Each STR must be communicated in GMT, using the 24 hour clock (no AM or PM proposals). For your GMT time, please see TCP §17.1.

 

3. Each player must propose 3 valid STRs in the relevant Private Message thread sent by TC for arranging each game.

 

4. A game may NOT start later than Sunday 22:00 GMT in the week in which it is scheduled. If the game is in a two-week round, this Sunday refers to the second week. This means proposing an STR of Sunday 20:30 GMT – 22:30 GMT is not considered valid, as this passes the cut-off point of Sunday 22:00 GMT.

 

5. A player’s proposed STRs may not all be on the same day – they must involve at least TWO separate days

 

6. Each STR proposed by a player must not begin WITHIN 6 hours of the time that it is proposed, in order to give the opponent adequate time to notice. (For example, a player may not propose an STR of Monday 15:00 GMT – 17:00 GMT if at the moment of suggestion the time is already Monday 09:01 GMT or later). Obviously time within 6 hours may be provided, as long as there are 3 alternative, valid STRs.

 

Whilst TC will help out wherever possible by highlighting when STRs are invalid as they do not fulfil the above 6 requirements, it is the responsibility of the player to ensure that this requirement is met. Visiting the forum to check PMs is the responsibility of the player, and players are encouraged not to rely on e-mail alerts.

 

§3.2 Game Arrangement

 

A game is considered arranged if:

 

A. A game is considered arranged if one player picks a time already offered by his/her opponent and states this in the PM thread. This is on the basis that the proposed start time does not occur within the next 24 hours (thus ensuring their opponent is given reasonable notice). Note that a player must pick a start TIME (for example 20:30 GMT) and not an entire range (19:30 GMT – 21:30 GMT) for the match to be considered arranged. TC will confirm (where they can) when a game is arranged within the PM thread, but confirmation is not required by TC for the game to be scheduled.

 

If a player picks a time already offered by his or her opponent that occurs WITHIN 24 hours, this game is NOT considered arranged. Note that this does not mean the match cannot be played at that time if his/her opponent agree – it just won’t be considered arranged until the match begins).

 

B. A game is also considered arranged if both players meet online and decide to play there and then. In this scenario, both players must post in the corresponding PM thread that they are about to play. (Note that any game, if not already officially arranged, becomes officially arranged as soon as it begins).

 

§3.3 Game Criteria

 

All games must be played on the stratego.com site as unranked games. Players must enter the Challenge Zone (https://imgur.com/wXn9PjY) so that their presence can be proved if necessary (especially important if an opponent does not show up). We urge all players to make a friend request of opponents using the game site (preferable as soon as the opponent is known) so that they can challenge in unranked battle. If there is a problem or someone is not able to arrange an unranked game (because of bugs or otherwise) please consult a member of the Tournament Committee.

 

§3.4 Automatic Arrangements

 

If both players have posted 3 valid STRs before Thursday 23:59 GMT but there is no matching time, then the game is automatically arranged for Sunday 18:00 GMT. Note players can still agree to play their game at a different time, as long as this game does not start later than Sunday 22:00 GMT.

 

Sunday 18:00 GMT is on the condition that this does not require a player to start the game earlier than 08:00 Local Time or later than 22:00 Local Time.

 

If a player is operating in a timezone that has a time difference relative to GMT of GREATER than 7 hours, TC will shift the game (backward or forward) until the automatic arrangement falls within 08:00-22:00 Local Time. (For example, a player operating in GMT +8 will not be required to play on Sunday 18:00 GMT, but at Sunday 14:00 GMT)

 

In the event that a player and his/her opponent differ in respect to each other’s timezone by MORE than 14 hours, and it is not possible to play the match on Sunday GMT-afternoon, then the default time will be set to Sunday GMT-evening, with the specific time communicated in advance to both players.

 

§3.5 Extensions

 

Due to the tight tournament schedule, TC do not plan to grant extensions in most circumstances. For this reason, and to allow for the possibility of ties, players are advised to schedule their games as early as possible in the week, and not leave them until the last moment. With this in mind, broader STRs are recommended and much appreciated.

 

§3.6 International Scheduling Rule

 

When a player with a GMT (+0 through +3) timezone is paired against a player with a GMT (-8 through -4) timezone, both players must provide 2 hours of availability on a weekend that meets the following criteria:

 

The entire 2 hour slot must fall on either a Saturday or a Sunday between 9am and 10pm in the local time of your opponent and no part of the slot may fall between Sunday 17:30 GMT and Sunday 18:30 GMT

 

Note: This weekend slot does count as one of the three required slots (i.e. this does not mean that each player now needs to provide 4 slots in total)

 

§4. Reporting Results and Screenshots

 

After the match has finished, the game result should be reported directly in the match PM with a screenshot of the victory screen. TC would appreciate the defeated party confirming the result, and if the result is not disputed then a screenshot is not essential. However, we would still ask all players to take a screenshot of the victory screen in the event that their opponent does not confirm the result. In a screenshot, the time stamp from the right bottom corner MUST be visible.

 

If there is no screenshot provided, and the two players are not in agreement about the result, the match will be replayed and automatically arranged for Sunday 18.00GMT (See §3.4)

 

In the event of a draw/tie, players should re-match IMMEDIATELY. If that is not convenient, they may alternatively both decide to replay the game on a later occasion. This agreement should be communicated to TC at the conclusion of the first game. If the time of the re-match is not communicated, the re-match will be automatically arranged for Sunday 18:00 GMT (See §3.4)

 

Please note that in this scenario the time of the re-match must not be later than the cut-off point of Sunday 22:00 GMT.

 

§5. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour and Bans

 

§5.1 No-show

 

If a player’s opponent has not appeared in the Challenge Zone chat room within 10 minutes of the arranged time, that player must post the absence of his opponent in the match topic, attaching a screenshot (of the Challenge Zone) for proof for TC review).

 

Any player who does not show up within 10 minutes, for any reason, will be automatically given 2 Yellow Cards, if adequate proof has been provided.

 

In the scenario whereby a player has not shown up at the arranged time, AND the arranged time of the match was BEFORE Friday 23:59 GMT, then the game will automatically scheduled (See §3.4)

 

In the scenario whereby a player has not shown up at the arranged time, AND the arrange time of the match was AFTER Friday 23:59 GMT, then his/her opponent may claim the victory. If BOTH players agree, the game can still be arranged, as long as it is arranged before Sunday 22:00 GMT.

 

§5.2 Absence

 

If any player is aware of an absence that may make it difficult or impossible to post availability before Thursday 23:59 GMT, they must inform TC of this absence BEFORE Monday 23:59 GMT (of the relevant gameweek) AND provide TC with their availability for that round.

 

If any player is aware of an absence that may make it difficult or impossible to provide the required 3 valid slots, then please be aware that due to time constraints TC will be extremely hesitant to grant any extensions as these may delay the tournament.

 

If a player cannot make the default time for automatic arrangements, this must be communicated BEFORE Wednesday 23:59 GMT of the relevant gameweek, in order to provide TC with sufficient time to attempt to co-ordinate an alternative default time. In this scenario, TC will require both players to provide two valid weekend STRs, which do not require their opponent to start the game earlier than 08:00 Local Time or later than 22:00 Local Time.

 

Please note that in this event while TC will do their best to find an alternative arrangement they cannot make any guarantees

 

§5.3 Cancellations

 

A game already arranged may be cancelled by a player, but only on the following conditions:

 

1. A minimum of 4 HOURS notice must be provided for a cancellation to take effect. (If the game is scheduled to occur on Thursday 21:00 GMT, notice of cancellation must be communicated via the relevant PM thread BEFORE Thursday 17:00 GMT).

 

2. Any player who cancels a game already arranged must provide three replacement valid STRs in the relevant PM thread at the time of cancellation, to make re-scheduling easier.

 

If either or both of conditions above are not fulfilled then the match will still be considered cancelled, but this player will receive a Yellow Card. In the absence of three valid replacement STRs the game will be automatically arranged for Sunday 18:00 GMT (See §3.4)

 

Please note that after Saturday 22.00GMT (in the week in which the game is due to be played), that cancellations are not permitted due to time constraints. (For example, a player may not wait until Sunday to cancel a game arrangement). If a player attempts to cancel a game after this cancellation deadline, this request is automatically denied and the game will continue to be scheduled for the arranged time. If the player does not show up, the player will be shown ONLY 1 Yellow Card, if he has cancelled his match accordingly.

 

TC does understand that players have lives outside of Stratego, and that players may need to cancel a game last minute due to emergencies. In these cases TC will use their discretion. If a game is cancelled last minute, and TC grants an extension, this extension will likely not be longer than a few days, so that the tournament is not delayed as a result.

 

§5.4 Withdrawals

 

A player may withdraw from the tournament, at any time, by informing TC. However, a withdrawal implies a ban for the next TC Tournament.
A player will receive 0 qualification points for a tournament in which he has withdrawn.

 

§5.5 More information

 

More information about no-shows, cancellations, withdrawals etcetera can be found in paragraph 9 of the Tournament Committee’s Policy (See §7).

 

§6. Disputes and Disconnects

 

If a player is booted from set-up, the game must immediately re-start.

 

If your opponent claims they were legitimately booted or disconnected once the match is underway, then TC will leave the decision to replay the game to the players involved. If both players agree to re-play the game, then the result is officially declared a tie, and players must re-match IMMEDIATELY.

 

If only the disconnected/booted player is willing to replay, then TC will independently assess whether the game SHOULD be replayed. In this scenario the winning player may NOT simply claim victory, but MUST instead provide a screenshot to aid the independent assessment of TC, who will then announce how to proceed. Time constraints may dictate whether the game can be re-played. Players must respect the decision of TC, which is final.

 

§7. Tournament Committee’s Policy

 

For this tournament, all the rules and regulations of the Tournament Committee’s Policy (TCP) apply. TC is therefore free to rely on the rules and regulations in the TCP in any case.

 

The TCP can be found here: http://forum.strateg...olicy-20202021/

 

§8. Questions & Suggestions

 

Questions specifically aimed for the PRO Series can be asked here http://forum.strateg...2021-questions/

 

Any question not related to this tournament, but about TC in general can be asked here: http://forum.strateg...0-tc-questions/

 

TC welcomes constructive feedback, which can be provided here: http://forum.stratego.com/topic/3784-

tc-suggestions-box/

 

§9. TC Rights and Reserves

 

Though TC aim to have covered all possible eventualities, in the event that anything unforeseen occurs not covered by the rules, the TC will rule on these issues using their best judgement. All decisions made by TC are final.

 

TC reserves the right, where they deem it necessary to:

  • Provide additional rules
  • Make specific demands of players, such as requesting additional STRs or asking for screenshots
  • Extend leniency to players in regards to the rules where they feel the tournament will benefit from such leniency

 

§10. Tournament Committee and Judging

 

Tournament Committee members can participate in this tournament, but those members may not act as judges in cases where they are directly involved.

 

The Tournament Committee currently consists of roeczak, Eagle06 and Master Mind

 

Any questions can be forwarded to TC at any time.


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