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BBTactics World Cup Qualifier (BBT WCQ) 2016 Rules

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  1. mamutas

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    Hello Coaches!

    Below are the official rules for BBTactics.com qualifier stage for Cyanide/Focus sponsored 2016 Blood Bowl II World Cup competition.

    Please, read them through so you know what to expect and then go and sign up at {thread link will be posted here}.

    (TLDR: these are almost identical rules to those used in other BBTactics.com competitions with adjustments necessary for the qualifier. You are still encouraged to read through all of them.)

    Team entry:

    1) Only new teams may apply to BBT WCQ

    a) The starting TV must not exceed a team value above 1000

    i) The newly created team has a minimum of 11 players within its starting roster.
    ii) The newly created team has a minimum team value of 500 within its starting roster.
    iii) The team may not have played any matches prior to joining BBT WCQ.

    2) All entries are accepted at the discretion of the league commissioner. Where circumstances warrant the league commissioner reserves the right to enforce sanctions up to and including the right to permanently bar a coach from entry into the BBT WCQ.

    a) Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to, failure to complete a previous season within BBT WCQ league or an affiliated league, infringement or breach of league rules and infringement or breach of forum rules.

    3) The team must apply to the league in game within the deadlines advised by the league commissioner at the beginning of the season. Failure to do so may see the team passed over for another waiting team.

    Match arrangement:

    4) Matches are played at the rate of 1 per week.

    5) Match weeks begin from 00.00 GMT on Wednesday morning and end at 23.59 GMT on Tuesday evening in any given week.

    a) The Administrative staff can add a small extension to enable a match to be played as long as it does not inhibit the progress of the competition. This needs to be agreed in advance by both coaches and the Administrative staff.

    6) Each coach is responsible for arranging to meet their respective opponent during each week and playing the match.

    a) Matches may be arranged by any means available to the coaches, including BBTactics forums match arranging threads, Private Messaging and Cyanide in-game Private Messaging.

    b) It is, however, recommended that coaches use the bbtactics forum match arranging threads in order to allow a clear and visible record for the league commissioner and administration team in the event of a match being subject to an administration result. The league commissioner and administration team are unable to consider information that is not presented to them in a timely manner.

    7) Where coaches are unable to arrange between themselves or otherwise unable to complete their match within the week, the result of the match shall be decided by the league commissioner and administration team.

    a) Where a match cannot be arranged the administration will consider the impact of as many factors as possible to determine the fairest result to both parties and their application in a manner consistent across the league.

    i) Such factors may include, but are not limited to, the promptness of arrangement attempts by both coaches, the relative availability of both coaches, the time zone difference faced by both coaches, attempts by both coaches to cancel or reschedule as well as any scheduled arrangements that did not take place and the reasons such arrangements were missed.
    ii) Coaches are expected to frequent the forums in a suitable manner as to allow prompt scheduling of matches and communication with both coaches and the administration team as may be required.
    iii) It is recommended that both parties actively engage to ensure that such arrangements can be made as early as possible within each game week to sufficient time for successful scheduling.

    8) Where coaches are unable to complete a match due to disconnection, server failure or other interruption to service, other than failure to arrange the match, where feasible, coaches are encouraged to rearrange the match within the week where possible and a replay of the match completed. This however is not a requirement and one or both coach(es) may request that the result be subject to administration. Where rearrangement is not agreed the match will be subject to administration.

    a) Where a replay is to be arranged and the Cyanide server has stored an incorrect match results, both players must contact the league commissioner or administration team to request the match to be reset to allow replay.

    b) Where a replay is arranged, the players may not replay the match in such a manner as to recreate the outcome of the match from the beginning up to the point at which disconnection occurred and continue the game from this point.

    9) Where coaches are unable to complete a match due to one player conceding a match a replay is possible if the coach who did not forfeit is happy for it to take place. This however is not a requirement and is left entirely to the discretion of the coach who did not concede the match. Conceding a match to preserve your team is against the spirit of fair play in the BBT WCQ. Where rearrangement is not agreed the match result will be determined by the administration team.

    a) Where a replay is to be arranged and the Cyanide server has stored an incorrect match results, both players must contact the league commissioner or administration team to request the match to be reset to allow replay.

    b) Where a replay is arranged, the players may not replay the match in such a manner as to recreate the outcome of the match from the beginning up to the point at which disconnection occurred and continue the game from this point.

    c) In addition the Admin team reserves the right to impose further sanctions on the coach who conceded the match if they judge that they abused the spirit of fair play in the BBT WCQ. This sanctions are outlined below in the Rule 19.

    10) Where coaches are unable to complete a match due to disconnection, server failure or other interruption to service, other than failure to arrange the match, where the Cyanide server has recorded the result at the point of disconnection, both coaches may, by mutual consent, request that the result as recorded stands as the final match result. Where this is agreed, both players must contact the league commissioner or administration team to request the match to be allowed to stand as recorded.

    a) If a game glitch threatens to ruin your game, you are advised to discuss it with your opponent as soon as possible. You and your opponent may decide on a course of action, such as skipping a turn or resetting the match. However, your opponent is under no obligation to agree to such measures, for example, if they believe that those measures may hurt their team in some way. If you and your opponent can agree on a course of action following a game glitch, then you should immediately take that action. If you cannot come to a consensus, then finish the game. If you were on the receiving end of a game glitch, the result also stands UNLESS you believe your opponent was deliberately abusing said glitch, in which case, contact an administrator who will review the situation and take appropriate action - in such a case, request in the help thread and via PM to the admins that your game not be validated immediately.

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    Match administration:

    11) Where the result of a match is subject to administration, the league commissioner and administration team will only administer results as available within the tools provided by Cyanide. The following results are considered the standard administered results.

    a) A 2-0 conceded result. The winning coach will receive 2 x match winnings and randomly assigned star player points representing 2 MVPs and 2 Touchdowns. The losing coach receives no winnings and no star player points.

    b) A 1-1 draw result. Both teams receive normal winnings and randomly assigned star player points representing 1 MVP and 1 Touchdown each.

    12) The following guidelines will be applied when assessing the administered result to be applied to the match when caused by failure to arrange and play within the week.

    a) Where one coach has demonstrably attempted to arrange the match and the other has not, the result will favor the arranging coach.

    b) Where both coaches have demonstrably attempted to arrange the match the result should be administered neutrally unless the league commissioner or administration team consider one coach’s availability to be limited to the point of precluding the reasonable arrangement of a match.

    c) Where neither coach has demonstrably attempted to arrange the match the result will be administered neutrally.

    13) The following guidelines will be applied when assessing the administered result to be applied to the match when caused by disconnection, server failure or other interruption to service, other than failure to arrange the match.

    a) Where a result is administered due to disconnection, the party deemed by the software not to be the one responsible for the disconnection will be given the favorable result.

    b) Where a result is administered due to disconnection and the party deemed by the software to be the one responsible cannot be determined the result will be administered neutrally.

    c) Where a result is administered due to the failure of the Cyanide server to record the result and the game was completed, the result will be administered to reflect the outcome of the original result with regard to winner.

    14) The league commissioner and administration team reserve the right to depart from the above guidelines where circumstances warrant such action in the interests of providing the most equitable result of the match for the participants involved.

    Rankings:

    15) Ranking will be determined by the Cyanide game only.

    Replacement teams:

    16) Where a team leaves or is removed from the BBT WCQ, the league commissioner and administration team will not be replacing the team.

    Fair Play, Cheating and Abuse:


    17) The league commissioner and administration team will not tolerate coaches to act in a manner considered to be offensive or abusive to other coaches, including but not limited to harassment, discrimination or abuse on the basis of ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation or political ideology.

    18) The league commissioner and administration team will not tolerate the abuse of bugs or features in manners other than designed.

    19) The league commissioner and administration team reserve the right to sanction any coach or coaches deemed to have abused the spirit of fair play, including, but not limited to, the undeclared coaching of another coaches team, the fixing of match results within BBT WCQ and quitting a match before it is finished for any perceived advantage.

    20) Where circumstances warrant the league commissioner reserves the right to enforce sanctions up to and including the right to remove a coach immediately from and permanently bar a coach from entry into BBT WCQ. In addition where appropriate the league commissioner reserves the right to raise matters to the attention of the forum administrator for sanction as appropriate.

    Competition structure:

    21)
    BBT WCQ will be organized into two stages: Round Robin stage and single elimination Play Off stage.

    22) In Round Robin stage, all accepted teams will be randomly distributed into the divisions with up to 8 teams maximum per division. A certain number of the top teams from division will be issued ticket to join Play Off competition stage.

    23) The Play Off stage will be in the single match elimination format. The number of teams and number of rounds will depend on total number of participating teams, but it will be equal to a power of 2 value.

    24) The exact number and size of divisions, as well as number of team promoted to Play Off will be decided after the final count of participating team is known.

    25) The exact number of the invitations to the final stage of World Cup that our qualifier will receive will be determined by the World Cup organizers. The finalists of the Play Off competition will be issued that ticket and will proceed to participate in World Cup.

    Game specifics:

    26) Turn duration will be 4 minutes.

    27) Aging will be turned off.

    28) The purchase of Stadium Enhancements are not allowed and will be punished as outlined in section 20.

    Addendum 1

    Stand-In Teams
    29)
    In order to have allowed number in competition divisions at round robin stage, it is possible that a division will have a dummy 'stand-in' team to complete the roster. The stand-in team will always lose and 2-1 will be administered to a stand-in team opponent.
    a) If during random team assignment to the divisions, it happens that one division will have more stand-in teams than others, such stand-in team will be swapped with the last non-stand-in team in next eligible division.

    Additional Teams and Tie-Breaker Rules

    30)
    In order to have allowed number of teams at knock out stage, it is possible that additional teams will be pulled from the divisions which otherwise would not qualify as winning teams. All those additional teams will be compared with each other and the top teams will get promoted to knock out stage. The ranking of the teams will be based on the following values extracted from team's in game Statistics page:
    • Number of points
    • Number of Wins
    • Touchdowns scored - Touchdowns sustained
    • Touchdowns scored
    • Casualties inflicted - Casualties sustained
    • Casualties inflicted
    • Random selection

    The administration team:

    League Commissioner: mamutas
    League Administrator: cjblackburn
     
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  3. Thorlacius

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    Hi Guys where do one sign up ?
     
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    We are still waiting for the formal announcement. It is due to start in February.
     
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    Hello all,

    Note that addendum to the rules was posted in http://bbtactics.com/forum/threads/...ualifier-bbt-wcq-2016-rules.6002/#post-145056.

    The whole content of it is here:

    This addendum's purpose is to describe how are we going to deal with uneven team numbers.
     
  6. coldy

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    Playing the dummy team early or late may be an issue then... just fyi
     
  7. mamutas

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    Yes, I totally aware about it.
    There are not many choices left. Either dummy teams, or we stop accepting the application at some convinient number, like 64, which I would hate to do.
     
  8. Cram

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    Just a hint about match administration 11 a:

    BB2 has the opportunity to set victories (2:1 / 1:2) instead of concedes and these work much better. Especially when in low TV the double income (+16SPP, often easy lvl ups for elves in the next match) can unbalance a league or cup extremely. Giving away instant RR, Apo and/or a 12th player on the roster just because of a concede is such a big advantage that is actually not even earned on the pitch.

    Giving away victories instead works fine. You earn less, but without risking anything on the pitch, it feels fair.
     
  9. Replikant

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    First off: Thanks for setting up the league. The rules seem fair to me. I second Crams suggestion of setting victories instead of concedes. The drawback is that the losing team will get 3 SPPs for a TD (can't you set 2:0 victories, instead?). However, in my BB1 private experiences the advantages of a concede victory are really big for the winning team, especially early on. The exra winnings are an easy apo or positional.

    Secondly, the amount of tickets for the World Cup final stage may be inconvenient (e.g. 5 tickets). How are the BBtactics finalists chosen? Participants from the semi-finals and then? Will there be another round of play-offs for the remaining teams from the quarter-finals?

    A third point, ties in somewhat with the above: I believe there will be double entries of coaches into several community leagues. In the (I assume: unlikely) event that some coaches win double tickets, it could be advantageous to have the participants of the play-offs play out all ranks (e.g. places 1 to 8) in order to have some way to nominate successors.
     
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    Yes, thank you. I am agree and am aware about it. My plan is to avoid giving double wins in concedes as much as possible and I plan to use 2:1 victory resolution for the stand-in teams.

    1. Thank you. Look at my reply to Cram's comment.
    2. The final format of the competition will be decided when we know sure number of teams and number of tickets that Focus is going to award to us.
    3. Totally agree.
     
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    IIRC, when applying an adminned result through the in-game process, no team gets SPP's for TD's. The only SPP's gained are 1 MVP for each team and then you get your gold winnings as well.
     
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    Which result are you talking about? 2:1 or 2:0? Or both?
     
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    Can we make it mandatory to use the BB2statgrabber or at least suggest to every participant that they may use it? It would make it easier to follow other teams during the event.
     
  14. mamutas

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    I endorse BB2StagGrabber and highly recommend that everyone would use it. It is a good info and fun to compare teams.

    However, the standings are still going to be based on the in-game stats as specified in the rules.

    Cheers!
     
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    I believe it's like that for all adminned results. No SPP's are given except for the MVP's. I'm pretty sure the actual adminned results tell you exactly what it does before you actually apply the result. I can double check tonight and let you know for sure.
     
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    I've been playing around with this over the weekend and really like it. Have talked with the GOBBLN OL's and think we are going to have everyone in our leagues start using it. It's basically a replacement of BBM from BB1.
     
  17. mamutas

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    No worries. I believe you are right about SPPs. I remember something like that when I had to admin a couple games in Munch Cup.
     
  18. notorious noob

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    I am pretty sure a 2-1 admin win gives 16 spp 2 mvps and 2 TDs randomly distributed
     
  19. mamutas

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    2-1 admin does not give 2 MVPs for sure and neither it gives double gold to the winner. 2-0 does.
    I am just not sure if SPPs for TDs are awarded or not.
     
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    Your right I am confusing things a 2-0 win is 2 MVPs 2 TDs