King of the Grove Final

Andrew Galea

Posted on October 21 2018

King of the Grove Final

 

The King of the Grove is a tournament series based in Sydney Australia for our local early adopters. Players were awarded points for their placing across 5 heats throughout the year. The final, being held on Saturday the 17th of November, is an opportunity for the top 8 players to fight it out for the title of King of the Grove 2018 champion. 

From humble beginnings, we are hoping to build up the tournament series to include heats from other states in Australia and one day internationally. For now we will celebrate what has been an awesome year for the game of Judgement as it finds a foothold in an ever increasing competitive market full of fantastic games.

The Players

Here are the top 8 players at the end of the 5th heat. The number in parenthesis denotes the number of heats the player has competed in.

  1. 34pts (5) - Andrew "Guns" Galea
  2. 30pts (4) - "King" Kyle Elbourne
  3. 28pts (5) - Anthony "Tort" Tortorici
  4. 28pts (3) - Colin "Bobliness" Hill
  5. 17pts (3) - Steve "Fury" Drury
  6. 14pts (2) - Byron te Velde
  7. 11pts (2) - Maggie
  8. 11pts (3) - Evan "Doombull" Ferris
  9. Ben "Chunky" Hayes

Unfortunately Evan "Doombull" Ferris is unable to make the final so an invitation has been extended to, and accepted by, Ben "Chunky" Hayes. 

The Format

All games in the KotG final will be draft mode, using all 28 heroes in the game. Draft mode is a true test of a player's skill containing a game within the game as each player battles it out with their opponent to actually put their Warbands together. The draft mode format also results in many different combinations of heroes with greater diversity, and of course it inherently means there are not mirror matchups since a hero cannot appear in both player's line ups. The official draft mode was published recently, the format for 28 players is below.

Initial Roll

Players roll a D6 to kick off the game. The winner of the initial roll off chooses whether:

  • to have 1st or 2nd turn, and the table side they want to play from

OR

  • being player 1 or player 2 in the draft

The loser gets to choose whatever their opponent (the winner) does not select.

The Draft

Do see the new draft rules in action, check out episode 40 of The Judgement Show.

Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban 

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban
Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban
Player 1 Ban
 
Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban
Player 1 Ban
Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick

Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Leaves 4 heroes in the pool after both Warbands have been selected

3 Rounds to Determine the Champion

An 8 player final means we will have 3 rounds to determine the winner. The 1st round draw will be random and will be determined live on stream the week leading up to the tournament.

Live Streamed

A feature match, from each round, including the final, will be streamed live throughout the day, including expert analysis from Murray Lloyd and Jeff Galea. Tournament kicks off at 10am Sydney time on Saturday the 17th November. 

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