Think Quick is looking to add a three month event to our existing regular show match series: an invitation only round robin tournament with an official minimum prize pool of $3350 USD to which donations and subscription funds will be added to. We will aim for a $5000 total prize pool! This new event will feature only the top foreign players from our discord who have agreed to participate, namely:
Bonyth, Cross, Dandy, Dewalt, Dragon, Koget, Oya, Stryker, Sziky, Terroru, Trutacz and Voddy
In this 12 man lineup, there are four Protoss, four Terran and four Zerg representatives. Each race, therefore, will be equally present throughout the tournament.
For now, we are calling our event Best of the Best Show Match Tour.
[Nota bene: Tour has two meanings, namely a journey/tour (i.e., around the world where the players reside) and a short hand reference to tournament]
Twelve of the best foreign players will face-off against each other in a five-game-format (e.g., 5:0 or 4:1 possible) over the course of three months. There will be 330 games in total on five different maps preferred by players including two newer (comfortable) maps by foreign ASL/Ladder mapper Freakling. The maps will be: Polypoid, Neo-Sylphid, Eclipse, Demonio Azul and Dies Iræ. We will be using Freakling's edited versions of the first three maps as well.
Which player(s) from which race(s), clan(s) and region(s) of the world will prove to be the best of the best by gathering the most single game wins and claiming the largest share(s) of the prize pool?
Our unique and equitable prize allocation system make it so that every single game won by a player will count towards his final standing in the tournament and earned income. In this way, each player will be able to claim prize money by winning one or more games regardless of whether he won entire showmatches or placed in the top four at the end. This means that three or four players in this tournament will not be able to grab all the prize money for themselves. This is a completely new and fair way of compensating contestants. Suffice to say the reaction from the above players to our model has been overwhelmingly positive.
Players accrue points based on the number of games they have won throughout the season. Each time a player wins a game, one point is awarded. Up to 330 points will be up for grabs over the course of the season. At the end, the number of points determines a player’s ranking within the tournament as well as his share of the total prize. The player’s prize claim is determined by dividing his points by the total number of points available.
The tournament and prize structure are complex and described here so you can see how everything works. Simply put, the bigger the prize pool gets, the more every single player will be compensated for his won games. So there will be no losers, at least financially speaking!
With this event, we want to reward our past top tier showmatch participants, financially compensate them for winning all of their games and help settle the score between them via a long play-off-format (five games!). In this global round robin tour, a 2-0 or 2-1 victory from your favourite player will simply not be enough! Every single game will matter and can bring in money to the player.
The three month event will be broadcast for free starting on Friday February 5 2021 (at 19:00 CET) and Saturday February 6 (at 23:00 CET) and every Friday and Saturday thereafter until the end of April. We will aim to stream at least six show matches every week on these two different days (and two of those show matches will be live and the rest preplayed). Matches will be casted by community members. Players will not stream their games on their channels so you will need to follow the official stream. Twitch subscribers will receive the biggest and best replay packs ever! In the first month, a $5 subscription will buy a 110 game replay pack. In the second month, a $5 subscription will bring in another 110 game replay pack and in the third month, a $5 subscription will bring in the last 110 game replay pack. The minimum prize pool, donations on top and subscription funds will all go toward players!!!
We are innovating an entirely new event structure, prize system and subscription model to financially support the top foreign players in the most equitable way possible. We are also aiming to provide high quality content for casual fans and students of BW without asking for any monetary compensation for ourselves. This is because we understand the number and quality of foreign BW players depend on the amount of financial and moral support they receive from community members. Please help make this new event as big as possible for them so that we (or others) can continue it for the benefit of the foreign competitive scene.
Join our discord if you have any suggestions or comments or wish to contribute to the event somehow:
Also check out here all the prize 1v1, 2v2, FFA, 1v2 and other kinds of show matches we have streamed in the past with an open cast invite to community members as part of our regular (more casual) series. We spent thousands of dollars in a matter of months to support BW players of all ranks and regions while inviting the public to co-cast games with us.
Original post has been edited to reflect new changes.