GALACTIC MASTERS 2023 — TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND RULES
The Galaxy is brimming with uncertainty — war between the Alliance and Tiaval, new players battling for resources, and strange anomalies glitching throughout the universe.
A truce has been brokered between all galactic races, proposing a series of championships in the six sectors of the Galaxy, to put their leaders’ political and trade disagreements aside and battle for the right to be called the Victor of their sector.
The winning representatives will then enter a final and ultimate showdown in the Stadium of the Gods to find out who will be the Galactic Grand Master, a title of near-immortality they can hold for a whole cycle until the next Galactic Masters.
1. Player Rules and Requirements
1.1. Participation in the Galactic Masters 2023 Tournament
Galactic Masters 2023 is a single-player-based competition. Each competing player must be an eligible participant. An eligible participant is a natural person and can not be registered more than once for the tournament, including under a different username.
1.2. Guild name and player username
Guild names must be deemed appropriate by Cometh. Each player is also asked to have the same username in game and on Discord. Cometh reserves the right to ask guilds to change their names or to directly change guild names that are seen as unfit for the tournament. Players’ usernames must be deemed appropriate by Cometh. Cometh reserves the right to ask players to change their usernames or to directly change usernames that are seen as unfit for the tournament. Cometh may also insert the player’s guild name as a part of the player’s username to enhance the viewing experience for fans. Participants are encouraged to keep the same username throughout the Galactic Masters 2023 Tournament.
All participants are required to join the Discord server: https://discord.gg/Cometh, where you can contact admins and players alike regarding upcoming and in-progress tournaments. 1. Discord can be used both in the browser and as a desktop app — https://discordapp.com. Registered players can find their opponent’s username on the CommunityGaming.io match page to initiate a playoff match. This will allow direct contact in regard to games and hosting details. 1. The match pages are generated after the check-in period has ended and can be found by clicking on pairings in the tournament bracket. 2. If a match is about to begin and the opponent does not respond on Discord within 15 minutes, the match will be forfeited. A tournament admin will be required to confirm any forfeited match.
2. Structure of the Galactic Masters 2023 Tournament
2.1. Galactic Masters 2023 Tournament Format
The Galactic Masters 2023 Tournament will consist of three parts: two Sector Missions, and four Sector Cups leading to one Galactic Grand Masters. The 16 players who qualified for the Galactic Grand Masters will earn their seats through the Sector Missions (4 slots allocated for each of the 2 Sector Missions) and the Sector Cups (2 slots per Sector Cup).
Sector Missions Format
Sector Missions will be played in two parts, a regular play phase, and a playoff bracket. The ranked leaderboard as well as the players’ ELO will be reset on each Sector Missions start date:
- Sector Mission #1 Periphery: 19–01–2023 at 12 PM CET
- Sector Mission #2 Core: 13–02–2023 at 12 PM CET
The regular play phase will run for five days for each Sector Mission:
- Sector Mission #1 Periphery: 19–01–2023 at 12PM CET to 23–01–2023 at 12 PM CET
- Sector Mission #2 Core: 13–02–2023 at 12PM CET to 17–02–2023 at 12 PM CET
Players can play an unlimited amount of ranked battles during that time. At the end of each regular play phase, the top 16 players in the leaderboard of the ranked play mode will qualify for the playoff bracket. In case of a tie on the leaderboard, rankings will be determined by the win rate ratio of each player during the mission, then by the results of head-to-head confrontations, and finally by the win rate of tied players versus the other top 16 participants.
Playoff bracket play will consist of a single elimination bracket with 16 players played over two days in a best-of-three format at the following dates:
- Satellite Mission #1 Periphery: 26–01–2023 & 27–01–2023
- Satellite Mission #2 Core: 20–02–2023 & 21–02–2023
A player’s seeding will be determined by their rank on the leaderboard. When a match begins, the player with the highest seed will decide if he wants to act first or second in the first game. After that, the loser of the previous game gets to choose if he wants to act first or second in the following game.
Sector Cups format
Sector Cups will consist of a single elimination bracket played over two days in a best-of-three format at the following dates:
- Sector Cup #1 Cygnus: 31–01–2023 & 01–02–2023
- Sector Cup #2 Centaurus: 03–02–2023 & 04–02–2023
- Sector Cup #3 Sagittarius: 07–02–2023 & 08–02–2023
- Sector Cup #4 Perseus: 11–02–2023
Any eligible player can participate in a Sector Cup. Players’ seeding will be randomized before the tournament starts. When a match begins, the player with the highest seed will decide if he wants to act first or second in the first game. After that, the loser of the previous game gets to choose if he wants to act first or second in the following game.
Sector Cups & Sector Missions qualifying slots & tiebreaker rules
Once all bracket matches have been played, the top players (2 for each Sector Cups and 4 for the Sector Missions) will earn a qualifying slot for the Galactic Grand Masters. Suppose a player has already qualified for the Galactic Grand Masters through another Sector Mission or Sector Cup. In that case, the next eligible player in the rankings will earn the qualifying slot in their place. If several players are tied in rankings and eligible for the qualifying slot(s), they will play tiebreaker matches to determine which player(s) earn(s) the qualifying slot(s) under the following rules:
- All eligible players are shuffled into one group
- Players are facing each other in a round-robin format
- Tiebreaker matches are played in best-of-three
- In the first game of a tiebreaker match, the player to act first is randomized. After that, the loser of the previous game gets to choose if he wants to act first or second in the following game.
- Once the round robin is over, the top ranked player(s) earn the available qualifying slot(s). Ranking is determined by the following rules, sorted by priority order:
- Total number of wins
- Net Score (total number of wins — total number of loses)
- Sum of total wins of their opponents
- Sum of Net score of their opponents
- Best-of-three (if needed)
- This process is repeated until the qualifying slot(s) have been claimed.
Galactic Grand Masters Format
The sixteen players who earned their qualification through either the Sector Missions or Sector Cups will play in the Galactic Grand Masters on 25–02–2023 and 26–02–2023 in a single elimination bracket. Player seeding will be randomized before the tournament starts. Matches will be played in a best-of-five except for the grand finals, which will be played in a best-of-seven. When a match begins, the player with the highest seed will decide if he wants to act first or second in the first game. After that, the loser of the previous game gets to choose if he wants to act first or second in the following game.
Qualifying slots for the Galactic Grand Masters can be earned through the following events:
- 4 slots in Sector Mission #1
- 4 slots in Sector Mission #2
- 2 slots in Sector Cup #1
- 2 slots in Sector Cup #2
- 2 slots in Sector Cup #3
- 2 slots in Sector Cup #4
2.2. Sector Mission playoff, Sector Cup, and Galactic Grand Masters Bracket rules; Match Details
Sector Mission Playoff, Sector Cup, and Galactic Grand Masters participants are required to create an account on CommunityGaming.io. While doing so, they must provide their Cometh username and register their . All players must have their correct username entered as their Galactic Masters 2023 username. Cometh accounts must be owned by the player wishing to use the accounts mentioned to compete. Playoffs & Galactic Grand Masters matches will be displayed in the Galactic Masters 2023 page on the CommunityGaming.io
All participants are required to check-in 15 minutes before the tournament starts — any participant failing to check-in will be automatically replaced by an eligible player on the waiting list. Participants on the waiting list must also check in to be eligible as replacements.
In each Sector Mission Playoff, Sector Cup, or Galactic Grand Masters match, two players will compete against each other by playing Cometh Battle on the Cometh server operated by Cometh. Matches will be played in the “private” game mode.
Before each game of a Sector Mission Playoff, Sector Cup, or Galactic Grand Masters match, players must ensure they have selected the correct deck. Wrong deck selection is not a valid ground for a rematch. Any attempt to rematch a game based on the wrong deck selection will result in a default loss.
Cometh, in its sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a participant if one or more participants lose their connections, the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the specific rules, or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct.
The participants that successfully place in a Sector Mission will receive the following monetary prizes:
- TOP 1: $420 USDC (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 2: $270 USDC (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 3: $180 USDC (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 4: $110 USDC (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 5 to 8: $60 USDC each (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 9 to 16 : $45 USDC each (After Playoffs phase)
- TOP 17 to 30: $25 USDC each
- TOP 31 to 40: $20 USDC each
- TOP 41 to 50: $12 USDC each
- TOP 51 to 100: $9 USDC each
- TOP 101 to 150: $6 USDC each
The participants that successfully place in the Sector Cup will receive the following monetary prizes:
- TOP 1: $270 USDC
- TOP 2: $180 USDC
- TOP 3: $110 USDC
- TOP 4: $60 USDC
- TOP 5 to 8 : $45 USDC each
- TOP 9 to 16: $25 USDC each
The participants that successfully place in the Galactic Grand Masters will receive the following monetary prizes:
- TOP 1: $1500 USDC
- TOP 2: $1000 USDC
- TOP 3: $600 USDC
- TOP 4: $300 USDC
- TOP 5 to 8 : $200 USDC each
- TOP 9 to 16: $100 USDC each
The awarding of prizes is void if prohibited or restricted. No purchase is necessary to enter the Galactic Masters 2023 tournament. National, state, and local taxes, including VAT taxes, that are associated with the receipt or use of any prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All cash prizes will be paid in USDC. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any non-cash prizes will be permitted, except Cometh reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any non-cash prize. Cometh must verify all eligible participants to ensure their eligibility before being declared a winner and/or receiving any prize. The display of statistics in the game (e.g., on a leaderboard) during the Galactic Masters 2023 tournament does not entitle any eligible participant to a prize. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any winner, Cometh will resolve the dispute using direct messages on the Discord server. Cometh will post a list of winners on the official Discord server no later than seven days after the end of Galactic Masters 2023. The list will remain available for at least six months on the server.
2.4 Specific Rules
Bugs & Exploit
Any use of a known bug or exploit will result in the participant who used the bug or exploits being ineligible for any prize for the ongoing match. Any use of a bug or exploit will result in a default loss. Cometh, in its sole discretion, may apply additional sanctions. Known bugs and exploits are defined as anything made known before the game in question by the administrators or any public report on the official bug report Discord channels or any form of social media.
Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. Any form of cheating by any participants will not be tolerated. All participants are prohibited from influencing or manipulating a tournament game or match so that the outcome is determined by anything other than its merits. Cometh may install software on computers used in physical events that are specially designed to detect cheating. Examples of cheating would include: ▪ Collusion, match fixing, or any other action to intentionally alter, or attempt to alter, the results of any game or match ▪ Attempts to interfere with another player’s connection to the game service through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means ▪ Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the tournament ▪ Allowing an individual who is not the registered owner of a Cometh account to play on that account in Cometh Battle or any other Cometh game. If someone asks you to bet on any tournament game or “fix” the outcome of a game, you must immediately report this contact to Cometh using the official Discord server.
Illegal and Unethical Conduct
Participants are required to observe all laws applicable to their participation in the Galactic Masters 2023 tournament, including all games, matches, media events, autograph signings, photo sessions, sponsor events, and other gatherings or events occurring with or as part of the Galactic Masters 2023 tournament. A participant may not, during the Galactic Masters 2023 tournament, commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence that brings him or her into public disrepute, scandal, or ridicule, shocks or offends the community, derogates from his or her public image, or reflects unfavourably upon Cometh, Cometh Battle, or any of the other products, services, or sponsors of Cometh.
2.5 Spectating and Streaming
All spectators are prohibited. The teams may not reject any sanctioned spectators, such as tournament admins and/or affiliated streamers. Participants cannot spectate Galactic Masters 2023 tournament.
Sector Missions and Sector Cups will not be streamed. Cometh reserves the right to stream some games at the Galactic Grand Masters. If their games are streamed, players must allow spectators in their private game and share their spectator code with a tournament admin. Players can follow these steps to share a spectator code.