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King of the Grove Final

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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Draft Mode Official Rules

Draft Mode Official Rules

The imminent release of the wave 2 heroes has prompted us to publish official rules for draft mode, what we normally call "competing pick & ban". Draft mode describes the process where each player selects, or drafts, the heroes in their Warband from a central pool, taking turns to pick and ban heroes until they have enough heroes to play in the selected game type, i.e. 5 or 3. Draft mode mirrors what happens in traditional MOBA games, the genre from which Judgement draws its inspiration from. 

We have put together draft mode sequences for both the 3v3 and 5v5 game types, and each is able to be adapted depending on the number of heroes you have available in your draft pool. Each Ban entry in the sequence has a hero criteria which means it only gets executed if your pool starting size satisfies the criteria. 

The Initial Roll

Like all game modes both 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.

3v3 (12 heroes Minimum)

Note: for a 3v3 draft you need a minimum of 12 unique heroes in your draft pool.

Player 1 Ban (12+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (12+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (20+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (20+ Heroes)

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Player 1 Ban (14+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (14+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (16+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (16+ Heroes) 

Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick

Player 2 Ban (12+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (12+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (18+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (18+ Heroes) 

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Leaves 2 heroes when you have 12, 14, 16, 18 or 20 heroes
Leaves 4 heroes when you have 22
Leaves 6 heroes when you have 24
Leaves 8 heroes when you have 26
Leaves 10 heroes when you have 28

Example - 14 hero draft pool

In the example below we look at the sequence if we had 14 heroes in the draft pool, therefore we have removed the ban entries that are no applicable for our hero pool size.

Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Player 1 Ban
Player 2 Ban 

Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick

Player 2 Ban
Player 1 Ban

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Leaves 2 heroes remaining

5v5 (16 heroes Minimum)

Note: for a 5v5 draft you need a minimum of 16 unique heroes in your draft pool.

Player 1 Ban (16+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (16+ Heroes)

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Player 1 Ban (18+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (18+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (26+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (26+ Heroes)
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban (16+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (16+ Heroes)
 
Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban (20+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (20+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (28+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (28+ Heroes)
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick

Player 1 Ban (22+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (22+ Heroes)

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Leaves 2 heroes when you have 16, 18, 20 or 22 heroes
Leaves 4 heroes when you have 24, 26 or 28 heroes

Example - 24 hero draft pool

In the example below we look at the sequence if we had 24 heroes in the draft pool, therefore we have removed the ban entries that are no applicable for our hero pool size.

Player 1 Ban (16+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (16+ Heroes)

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Player 1 Ban (18+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (18+ Heroes)
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban (16+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (16+ Heroes)
 
Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick
 
Player 2 Ban (20+ Heroes)
Player 1 Ban (20+ Heroes) 
 
Player 2 Pick
Player 1 Pick

Player 1 Ban (22+ Heroes)
Player 2 Ban (22+ Heroes)

Player 1 Pick
Player 2 Pick

Leaves 4 heroes remaining

Demonstrated on Stream

For a full run-down of Draft Mode including a demonstration of it using 18 heroes, take a look at this video, and if you want to see the resulting game you can view it here.

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