At the end of this season of the ladder, we will be holding a tournament. Prize pool will include 2 Nvidia Titan X graphics cards, and many other prizes besides. Format is as follows:
Ladder will be frozen on 12th October at 23:59 UTC, and all standings will be final for this season
Top 12 eligible bots will go forward to the tournament
Only bots that have made their bot downloadable from the website and been active for at least 2 weeks before the end of the season will be eligible for the tournament
Only one bot per author will be eligible. In the case that an author has more than one qualifying bot, the author may choose which one to enter into the tournament
If a bot does not fulfill either of these requirements, the place will go to the next highest placed bot.
Authors may submit updates and bug fixes up to 18th October at 23:59 UTC. This will be via a seperate upload from the main ladder, details of which will be communicated to authors after the ladder freeze
All bots must be submitted with full source code, this will be checked for plagiarism and other forms of cheating, but will not be released publicly **unless requested by the author** See Note
Bots may change strategy from that used on the ladder, but must maintain the same race.
Bots will be separated into 2 groups of 6. Groups will be decided by draft, which will take place on 14th October at 21:30 UTC
Draft will proceed by seeding top 2 bots from the ladder into the first seed position of each group
Top seeded author will have first choice to put a bot in their opponents group. This will follow by the second seed choosing a bot for the opposite group
The author of Each chosen bot will then select another bot to go in the opposite group, until all bots are seeded
If an author is unavailable for the draft, he may submit possible picks in advance, or failing that, the next highest seeded bot will be selected.
Each author will be able to veto one map from the pool of 7, and must play one game on each other map during the group phase
Games will be played in a double round robin format and streamed over 3 weekends of 20th / 21st October and 27th / 28th October. The final games will be streamed on 4th November
Final will be streamed on 10th November.
Rankings in the group will be decided by:
Overall wins in all matches
Overall draws in all matches
Wins vs tied opponent
Shortest average game time in all won matches
The top 2 bots will play off in a best of 5 match in the final. Each Author may veto one map from the map pool, the veto can change from the group stage.
Authors will not be able to modify their bot once the tournament has started.
All qualified authors will receive a prize pack including commemorative t-shirt and other prizes
Winners of each group will receive a Titan X graphics card, courtesy of Nvidia
Winner of the whole tournament will receive trophy and name forever on the role of honor
Rule modifications Note:
It has been decied that source code will not be released publicly unless specificly requested by the author. This is due to complaints and several authors considering their participation in the tournament.
I apologise for the late change in rules but it was decided for these reasons:
If authors pull out or do not submit their strongest bot it may diminish the competitive integrity of the tournament, essentially making it a competition of who's left, not who's best
Authors would spend time obfuscating code, that would take time away from producing their best bot, and making the rule essentially useless
It was decided that the late change to the rules would not affect the overall competition because the source would only be released after the event, and would not affect the competition itself