Guild Wars
 






HomePage

ArenaNet

NCsoft



Guild Wars Tournament Series Rules


Last updated on February 20, 2009. These updated rules apply to all Tournament Series tournaments running during and after March 2009 .

The Guild Wars® Tournament Series takes place online and culminates each month in Guild-versus-Guild and 1v1 Hero Battle championship tournaments that feature exciting in-game rewards for the top finishers.

Events Eligibility

  • All Guild Wars players and guilds who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in this online tournament series. All Guild Wars players and guilds are eligible to compete in the 2008 Tournament Series, except those players and guilds that have been disqualified for any reason including but not limited to those listed below. This is a skill-based tournament determined by each guild's or individual's ability to defeat other guilds or individuals.
     
  • Individuals and guilds will be disqualified if they are banned from the game for any reason, including without limitation because of a violation of the Guild Wars User Agreement. If individual guild members are disqualified, the guild may also be disqualified.
     
  • ArenaNet reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart games and matches as needed. Such decisions will be announced and executed only by official ArenaNet personnel.
     
  • All players shall at all times abide by the Guild Wars User Agreement and Rules of Conduct.

Notes

To be eligible to participate in the Tournament Series, the following requirements must be met:

  • As of the beginning of the applicable tournament, the player must be age 13 or older.
     
  • The player must have Internet access as well as access to a personal computer.
     
  • Player must be a Guild Wars®, Guild Wars Factions®, Guild Wars Nightfall®, or Guild Wars PvP Access Kit account holder in good standing and in compliance with the Guild Wars User Agreement.
     
  • Player must comply at all times with the Guild Wars Tournament Series Rules and the Universal Guild Wars Tournament Rules (including without limitation Player/Guild Responsibilities).

Test Tournaments

  • ArenaNet reserves the right to run live "test" tournaments as needed to test functionality of the Automated Tournament System that runs the Tournament Series.
     
  • These test tournaments may be scheduled at any time.
     
  • Participants in these test tournaments must understand that these tournaments might not run using the standard rules, could end at any time, and do not guarantee receipt of Qualifier Points or Tournament Reward Points.
     
  • These test tournaments will be scheduled at various times in addition to the existing Tournament Series daily schedule and will not have an entrance fee.

DAILY AUTOMATED TOURNAMENTS

Guild Participation

  • For a team to be eligible, at least four (4) of the eight (8) members of a guild's team in a daily GvG automated tournament must have been a member of that guild for fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the tournament. The other four (4) players on the team can be guild members, guests, Heroes, or henchmen.
     
  • Teams may have different guild members or players compete in subsequent rounds but the same rule listed above applies. Only the eight (8) guild members who competed in the first round will collect any earned Tournament Reward Points.
     
  • A guild must have at least four (4) human players available to play during a match (in which case they may also use four (4) computer-controlled henchmen or Heroes). If a guild is unable to field at least four (4) human players, then that guild forfeits the battle.
     
  • Any guild officer can register a guild for an automated tournament using the Guild Battle button and selecting the Register for Tournament option from the list of possible guild battle types. The cost for registering a guild is five (5) tournament tokens, which will be deducted from the inventory of the officer who is registering for the tournament.
     
  • Each tournament token costs 1,000 Balthazar faction points. You may purchase these tournament tokens from Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in every guild hall as well as in the Great Temple of Balthazar and the Hero Battles arena.
     
  • The map rotation for GvG games will be announced each month. You can find out the rotation by speaking to Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in every guild hall as well as in the Great Temple of Balthazar and the Hero Battles arena.

1v1 Participation

  • Individuals interested in participating in a daily 1v1 automated tournament must have registered their accounts with Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in guild halls, the Hero Battles arena, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.
     
  • To register your account, simply select one of your character names. This name identifies your account in the ladder and in tournaments. You may change this name once every 30 days.
     
  • To register for an automated tournament, use the Hero Battle button (only available in the Hero Battles arena) and select the Register for Tournament option from the list of possible Hero Battle types. The cost for registering is one (1) tournament token, which will be deducted from your inventory.
     
  • Each tournament token costs 1,000 Balthazar faction points. You may purchase these tournament tokens from Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in every guild hall as well as in the Great Temple of Balthazar and the Hero Battles arena.
     
  • The map rotation for 1v1 games will be announced each month. You can find out the rotation by speaking to Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in every guild hall as well as in the Great Temple of Balthazar and the Hero Battles arena.

MONTHLY AUTOMATED TOURNAMENTS

Guild Participation

  • At least six (6) of the eight (8) members of a guild's team in a monthly GvG automated tournament must have been a member of that guild for at least fourteen (14) full days prior to the announced start time of that tournament in order for the guild to compete. The other two (2) members of the team must be members of that guild but do not have to meet the fourteen (14) day requirement.
     
  • Guilds may have different players compete in subsequent rounds but the same rule listed above applies. Only the eight (8) guild members who competed in the first round will collect any earned Tournament Reward Points.
     
  • A guild must have at least six (6) human players available to play during a match (in which case the guild may also use two (2) computer-controlled henchmen or Heroes). If a guild is unable to field at least six (6) human players, then that guild forfeits the battle.
     
  • Any guild officer can register a guild for an automated tournament using the Guild Battle button and selecting the Register for Tournament option from the list of possible guild battle types. The cost for registering a guild is five (5) tournament tokens, which will be deducted from the inventory of the officer who is registering the guild in the tournament.
     
  • Each tournament token costs 1,000 Balthazar faction points. You may purchase these tournament tokens from Tolkano [Tournament], an NPC who appears in every guild hall as well as in the Great Temple of Balthazar and the Hero Battles arena.

1v1 Participation

  • The same rules and restrictions apply as in the daily 1v1 Tournaments. The cost for registering is five (5) tournament tokens, which will be deducted from your inventory.

Season Structure

  • Each month of the 2008 Tournament Series is a "season." The seasons consist of a number of daily Swiss competition-based tournaments in which guilds (for GvG) or individuals (for 1v1) can participate. The number of registered participants determines the number of rounds for each tournament.
     
  • The K rating for Daily Automated Tournaments is 25. See Appendix B—Elo Ratings.
     
  • Automated GvG tournaments have a maximum of 32 participating guilds per event, with a maximum of five (5) rounds of Swiss competition.
     
  • Automated 1v1 tournaments have a maximum of 128 participants per event, with a maximum of seven (7) rounds of Swiss competition.
     
  • When more than 32 guilds or 128 individuals register for a specific automated tournament, additional copies of that tournament are created. Each copy has a minimum number of participants: eight (8) for 1v1 and five (5) for GvG. The copies have no more than the previously stated maximums. Thus it is possible, with a large number of participants, for several copies of a tournament to run simultaneously.
     
  • Each tournament and its copies offer the same prize opportunities.
     
  • The rounds of Swiss competition for each tournament take place consecutively one after another until a tournament ends. A list showing the tournament standings and the pairings for the upcoming round is available in-game for participants and fans to see.
     
  • All rounds are single battle matches.
     
  • Each round ends with one participant as the winner. In the event that a GvG match lasts to the time limit without a clear winner, the team whose Guild Lord has the higher current Health will be declared the winner of the match.
     
  • For all automated tournaments (GvG and 1v1), all participants are randomly seeded for the first round.
     
  • Each subsequent Swiss round pairs participants randomly against opponents with matching win/loss records.
     
  • Participants who forfeit a match for any reason are dropped from the remainder of the automated tournament. They still collect all prizes or rewards they have already earned.
     
  • At the end of the rounds of Swiss competition for each tournament, all participants may earn Tournament Reward Points (TRPs) and/or Qualifier Points (QPs) based upon their final rank in the tournament. In the event of any ties, these tie-breakers are used in the following order to determine final standings: match points earned, opponent's match-win percentage, and tournament ladder rank (captured at the start of the tournament). See Appendix A—Match Scoring and Tie Breakers.
     
  • At the end of each season, all guilds and individuals who have earned sufficient QPs are invited to participate in the appropriate end-of-season championship.

Automated Tournament Schedule

  • The starting times of tournaments rotate throughout the week to provide fair competitive opportunities for participants in all time zones.
Time (GMT) Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
00:00 GvG       1v1    
01:00       1v1      
02:00     1v1       GvG
03:00   1v1       GvG  
04:00 1v1       GvG    
05:00       GvG      
06:00     GvG       1v1
07:00   GvG       1v1  
08:00 GvG       1v1    
09:00       1v1      
10:00     1v1       GvG
11:00   1v1       GvG  
12:00 1v1       GvG    
13:00       GvG      
14:00     GvG       1v1
15:00   GvG       1v1  
16:00 GvG       1v1    
17:00       1v1     GvG
18:00     1v1     GvG  
19:00   1v1     GvG    
20:00 1v1     GvG      
21:00     GvG       1v1
22:00   GvG       1v1  
23:00 GvG       1v1    

Connectivity

  • Due to the nature of computers and the Internet, ArenaNet is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.

Daily Tournament Prizes

  • Tournament Reward Points (see section below).
     
  • In addition to earning TRP, high finishing guilds and individuals earn Qualifier Points (QPs). The numbers of QPs awarded in these daily tournaments are as follows:
     
Daily Tournament Result QP Points Awarded
1st 8
2nd 7
3rd 6
4th 5
5th 4
6th 3
7th 2
8th 1
  • At the end of each qualifier season, guilds that have earned sufficient QPs earn an invitation to compete in the monthly playoffs for that month.
     
  • Earned QPs are shown on the GvG and 1v1 ladders.
     
  • QPs are reset to zero for the next season one (1) hour after the start of a monthly playoff.
     

Tournament Reward Points

Tournament Reward Points for daily tournaments are awarded at the end of a tournament to the top 25 percent of finishers. In monthly tournaments, reward points are given to the top 16 finishers. Only guilds or players who have played at least one game receive points.

Daily Tournament Formula:

"Winners" are defined as the top 25 percent of finishers.

((Number of Winners — (rank of each winner-1)) * Tournament Reward Points) / Number of Winners;

Tournament Reward points differ for GvG and 1v1. The first place finisher would receive:

GvG Daily: 60
1v1 Daily: 20

Additionally, players receive points for each single victory in a tournament as follows:

GvG Daily: 3
1v1 Daily: 1

For example, if 40 people played in a 1v1 daily tournament, the top 10 winners (25 percent of the finishers, 10 out of 40) would receive the following amount of points:

((10 — (1-1)) * 20) / 10 = 20
((10 — (2-1)) * 20) / 10 = 18
((10 — (3-1)) * 20) / 10 = 16
((10 — (4-1)) * 20) / 10 = 14
((10 — (5-1)) * 20) / 10 = 12
((10 — (6-1)) * 20) / 10 = 10
((10 — (7-1)) * 20) / 10 = 8
((10 — (8-1)) * 20) / 10 = 6
((10 — (9-1)) * 20) / 10 = 4
((10 — (10-1)) * 20) / 10 = 2

Monthly Tournament Formula:

"Winners" are defined as the top 16 finishers. Tournament Reward points differ for GvG and 1v1.

GvG Monthly Reward Point distribution is as follows:

1st place: 4500
2nd place: 2970
3 - 4th place: 2475
5 - 8th place: 1485
9 - 16th place: 495

1v1 Monthly Reward Point distribution is as follows:

1st place: 1500
2nd place: 990
3 - 4th place: 825
5 - 8th place: 495
9 - 16th place: 165

Additionally, players receive points for each single victory in a tournament as follows:

GvG Monthly: 15
1v1 Monthly: 5

Extra Points

All players, no matter their rank, are then given 1 point for each win in the tournament.

Additionally, guilds and players competing in a 1v1 daily tournament or GvG daily tournament will receive bonus Tournament Reward Points for completing the tournament. The rewards are as follows:

GvG Monthly: 0
GvG Daily: 15
1v1 Monthly: 0
1v1 Daily: 5

Note: Only guilds with more than 1000 rank will receive tournament reward points.

MONTHLY AUTOMATED TOURNAMENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Playoff Structure

  • Playoffs are open only to guilds and players who earned sufficient QPs in the current season.
     
  • The K rating for the Monthly Playoffs is 50. See Appendix B — Elo Rating.
     
  • The last qualifier tournament for a format starts no less than eight (8) hours prior to the posted start time for that format's playoffs (GvG or 1v1).
     
  • Daily tournaments for the next monthly season begin no sooner than twelve (12) hours after the start of the monthly playoffs for that format (GvG or 1v1).
     

GvG Playoffs Participation

  • A guild must have earned at least 20 QPs during the monthly season to be eligible for the monthly GvG playoffs.
     
  • All of the participation rules listed under Guild Participation in the MONTHLY AUTOMATED TOURNAMENTS section above apply, except that no additional tokens need to be paid to participate in the GvG playoffs.
     
  • At the end of the rounds of Swiss competition, the top sixteen (16) guilds continue in single elimination play to determine the final standings for the playoffs.
     

1v1 Playoffs Participation

  • A player must have earned at least 20 QPs during the monthly season to be eligible for the monthly 1v1 playoffs.
     
  • • All of the participation rules listed under 1v1 Participation in the MONTHLY AUTOMATED TOURNAMENTS section above apply, except that no additional tokens need to be paid to participate in the 1v1 playoffs.
     
  • At the end of the rounds of Swiss competition, the top two to sixteen (2—16) players continue in single elimination play to determine the final standings for the playoffs. The number of players who advance to the single elimination round is determined by the number of non-forfeited players at the end of the tournament.
     

Schedule

Monthly Playoff matches take place during the last weekend of each month as listed below.

Season Start Date Playoff Date Playoff Start Time
January December 28, 2008 (GvG)
December 29, 2008 (1v1)
January 24 (GvG)
January 25 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
February January 25 (GvG)
January 26 (1v1)
February 21 (GvG)
February 22 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
March February 22 (GvG)
February 23 (1v1)
March 28 (GvG)
March 29 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
April March 29 (GvG)
March 30 (1v1)
April 25 (GvG)
April 26 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
May April 26 (GvG)
April 27 (1v1)
May 30 (GvG)
May 31 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
June May 31 (GvG)
June 1 (1v1)
June 27 (GvG)
June 28 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
July June 28 (GvG)
June 29 (1v1)
July 25 (GvG)
July 26 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
August July 26 (GvG)
July 27 (1v1)
August 29 (GvG)
August 30 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
September August 30 (GvG)
August 31 (1v1)
September 26 (GvG)
September 27 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
October September 27 (GvG)
September 28 (1v1)
October 24 (GvG)
October 25 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
November October 25 (GvG)
October 26 (1v1)
November 28 (GvG)
November 29 (1v1)
15:00 GMT
December November 29 (GvG)
November 30 (1v1)
December 26 (GvG)
December 27 (1v1)
15:00 GMT

Each month's GvG championship takes place on a Saturday as listed in the chart above, and each 1v1 championship takes place on the Sunday as listed above.

Tournament Fan Support

  • The Xunlai Tournament House allows PvP fans to earn their own Tournament Reward Points by predicting the top eight finishers for the monthly GvG and 1v1 championships.
     
  • Each match played in the single elimination rounds is automatically marked as a Championship match and shows up in a separate championship column in Observer Mode. For extra fan enjoyment, these matches are available in Observer Mode for a longer period of time.
     

Tournament Prizes

GvG Championships

Place Prize Per Player
1st Permanent Gold Cape Trim for Guild
4500 Tournament Reward Points
2nd Silver Cape Trim for Guild*
Tournament Reward Points**
3rd — 4th Silver Cape Trim for Guild*
Tournament Reward Points**
5th — 8th Silver Cape Trim for Guild*
Tournament Reward Points**
9th — 16th Silver Cape Trim for Guild*
Tournament Reward Points**
17th — 32nd Bronze Cape Trim for Guild*
Tournament Reward Points**
33rd — or lower Tournament Reward Points**

*The Silver and Bronze Cape Trims last until the end of the next announced season.
**Tournament Reward Points are permanent in-game prizes (for the duration of the account). They have no retail value. Each participant in each guild earns a scaled number of TRP ranging from 1 to 4500 based upon final standings and the number of participants.


1v1 Championships

Place Prize Per Player
1st 1500 Tournament Reward Points*
2nd Tournament Reward Points*
3rd — 4th Tournament Reward Points*
5th — 8th Tournament Reward Points*
9th — 16th Tournament Reward Points*
17th — or lower Tournament Reward Points*

* Tournament Reward Points are permanent in-game prizes (for the duration of the account). They have no retail value. Each participant in each guild earns a scaled number of TRP ranging from 1 to 1500 based upon final standings and the number of participants.


Release: By entering (or consenting to the entry of a person under 18) a Guild Wars Tournament Series tournament, each participant (or the participant's parent or legal guardian, if the participant is under 18) and the winner (or the winner's parent or legal guardian, if winner is under 18) thereby releases ArenaNet, NCsoft, NCsoft Europe Ltd., NC Interactive, Inc. and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Guild Wars Tournament Series or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the State of Washington, without respect to any conflict of law issues, and participants agree that such shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the U.S. Federal and State Courts of King County, Washington, U.S.A.

Disclaimer of Liability; Amendments; Miscellaneous

ArenaNet, NCsoft, NCsoft Europe Ltd., NC Interactive, Inc. and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, distorted, or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any event disruptions, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of the foregoing parties; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Guild Wars Tournament Series.

All of ArenaNet's or any of its affiliates' decisions regarding the application and interpretation of these 2008 Tournament Series Rules are final and binding on all players and guilds. ArenaNet or any of its affiliates may amend these 2008 Tournament Series Rules at any time.

The winners of this Tournament will be posted on http://www.guildwars.com—or you may send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to Guild Wars Tournament Series Championship, ArenaNet, Inc., 227 Bellevue Way NE #75 Bellevue, WA 98004. Residents of Canada may omit return postage.

© 2007-2009 ArenaNet Inc. All rights reserved. NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall, Nightfall, Guild Wars Eye of the North, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, ArenaNet and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


APPENDIX A — Match Scoring and Tie-Breakers

Match points are used for pairing and tie-breakers. Each guild or 1v1 player (hereby known as a competitor) earns 3 match points for every match won, 1 point for any draws, and 0 points for any matches lost. Each competitor is assigned an additional 0 to 0.999 match points based on that competitor's opponent's Match-Win Percentage.

Each AT participant's match-win percentage is that competitor's accumulated match points divided by 3, times the number of rounds played, or 0.33, whichever is greater. (Establishing a minimum match-win percentage of 0.33 limits the effect low performances have when calculating and comparing Opponent's Match-Win Percentages.)

For example, a competitor's record is 2-1-1 (2 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw) after 4 rounds of Swiss play. That competitor has earned 7 match points and has a Match-Win Percentage as follows: 7/(4*3) = .583

A competitor's Opponent's Match-Win Percentage is the average Match-Win Percentage of each opponent that competitor faced (ignoring any rounds for which the competitor received a bye or forfeit).

For example, using the above example, a competitor finished 2-1-1 and its opponents' match records were 2-2-0, 1-2-1, 3-1-0, and 0-4-0, so the competitor's Opponent's Match-Win Percentage is as follows:

(6/12 + 4/12 + 9/12 + 0/12)


4 opponents

Replacing the 0/12 with 0.33 (see above minimum) and translating to the decimal system we get:

(0.50 + 0.33 + 0.67 + 0.33)


4

This equation becomes 1.83
4
or 0.46.

This number, which ranges from 0.33 to 1.0 is then scaled to range from 0.0 to 0.999 (for readability) and then added to the competitor's score.

The scaled number is calculated as follows:

(Opponent Win Percentage-0.33) * (0.999/0.67)

In our example above, the competitor has 7.19 points. (7 from its 2 wins and 1 draw, and 0.19 based on an Opponent Win Percentage of 0.46.)

While this may seem a bit complicated, it basically comes down to using the strength of a competitor's schedule as the tie-breaker. The competitor who defeats opponents with better records ends up with a slightly higher score than those competitors who defeated weaker opponents.

Further, each competitor's ladder rank is captured at the start of a tournament. In the event that any ties remain after accounting for Match Points Earned, the ladder rank at the start of the tournament is used to break ties, with better-ranked participants beating worse-ranked guilds (example: a competitor ranked 5th on the ladder beats a competitor ranked 12th on the ladder).


APPENDIX B — Elo Rating System

The Guild Wars Tournament Ladders use the Elo ratings system.

This Elo rating system compares a guild or 1v1 player's (hereby know as competitor) match records against opponents' match records and determines the probability of that competitor winning the matchup. This probability factor determines how many points an Elo rating goes up or down based on the results of each match. When competitors defeat opponents with a higher rating, their Elo rating goes up more than when they defeat opponents with a lower rating (because competitors have a high probability of defeating those with lower ratings). All new competitors start out with a base rating of 1000. The Guild Wars tournament ladder uses the following equation to determine a competitor's win probability in each match:

Win Probability = 1

10^((Opposing Elo Rating—Your Elo Rating)/400) + 1

This probability is then used to recalculate each competitor's rating after the match. In the equation below, competitors receive 1 point if they win the match and 0 if they lose. The competitor's new ratings are determined as follows:

Competitor's New Rating = Competitor's Old Rating + (K-Value * (Scoring Points—Competitor's Win Probability))

All competitors are rated beginning with the first rated match in which they play. Further ratings are calculated chronologically from that first match.

The K-Value is the maximum number of points a competitor's rating may go up or down based on the results of a single match within an event that uses the Elo ratings system. The current K ratings ArenaNet uses are as follows:

  • The K rating for free play matches is 5.
  • The K rating for Daily Automated Tournaments is 25.
  • The K rating for Monthly Championships is 50.

Guilds or players who forfeit in the first round lose K-Value for that round as follows:

  • Free play matches -5.
  • Daily Automated tournaments -25.
  • Monthly Championships -50.