I'll start by saying that I don't consider this a "Tournament" so this isn't being posted in the SC2 Tournament section. I consider this more along the lines of a fun event so I'll post this in SC2 General, similar to Kings of Tin or Off The Record in terms of "general fun". And as far as advertising goes, I'm not making(or planning to make) a single cent off of this event! Anyways, enough with that...
Anopob - Random - Diamond - 3 Wins - Episode 1
Mokomi - Protoss- Masters- 3 Wins - Episode 2
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Have you ever had that higher league friend that you want to play against but it just isn't fair? Ever have that lower league friend that you impose restrictions on yourself to play? Then you know exactly what I'm talking about for this event!
Hi, I'm feardragon.
I'm a diamond level Protoss player and amateur caster attending Purdue University. This means I have the privilege of casting Purdue University's CSL(Collegiate Starleague) games every week, but unfortunately we got knocked out so I'm looking for something new to do on a weekly basis so I can continue to improve my casting! This is why I came up with the idea for Balance Battles!
What is Balance Battles?
Well Balance Battles is a King of the Hill style arena that is live-streamed on my channel! In this, two randomly selected players will face off and the winner will stay for the next round. The objective is to stay as many games as possible. The map will be chosen from the map pool at random. But wait, why would anyone not in masters league enter this?
That's where the fun comes in!
I've created a list of handicaps that will be imposed on players based on their and their opponent's league. What this means is, a bronze level player will have a fighting chance of taking out a masters league player, and so on and so forth! Sounds more interesting now? Well take a look at the list of handicaps I've come up with for now. I'll note that a "unit" means a non-worker unit and that a "worker" involves anything that can mine(MULE's included):
Well what do you win?
For now, I don't intend to have a prize. This first event is going to be a test run to see how things go, and to give some of these handicaps a chance to be balanced out a bit. If there is enough interest, I will start to offer out some fabulous prizes(most likely small amounts of cash). There has been some suggestions to give the winner some space on my stream or do an interview that I'd play during the breaks and such to give them some fame and air time! I really like that idea so let me know what you think about that! But don't fret about money! Participation in the event is completely free so there's no reason not to join!
So come on over!
The next event will take place on Saturday November 17th, 5pm Eastern, 2pm Pacific. Here's the link to the stream everything will take place on: http://www.twitch.tv/zanderfever2
Go ahead and join the chat channel "BalanceBattle" on Starcraft when the event starts. Unfortunately for now, this event will only take place on North America. If this somehow magically garners enough interest, I will look into doing this on the EU as well!
Some Other Notes:
Restrictions are still up for balancing so please feel free to put up suggestions and comments about the current restrictions before and after the event. Keep in mind when making suggestions that only restrictions that can be monitored can be used. For example, I would love to do an Off The Record style restriction of putting someone in a bear suit or telling them they can't use their keyboard, but because I have no way of monitoring this, I can't impose these restrictions. Participation in the event is completely free and no ads will be run on my stream. I'm doing this because I absolutely love casting and want more opportunities to practice it, so this is going to be a weekly event!
Additional rules and definitions:
In the ruleset, I'm considering a unit anything that does not mine with observers and overseers excluded. Workers are considered anything that mines(including MULEs). Queens do not break the unit restriction as long as there is only one per hatchery. If a player wins two matches in a row, they will be subject to a higher league handicap or their opponent will have a lower league handicap. In the case of this with Masters vs Bronze, two restrictions will be applied to the Masters player. The caster also reserves the right to call a winner in a draw-situation. Voting from the chat for said situation will be likely.
Lastly, if you're interested in checking out some of my casting, you can find my youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/feardragon64 . I consistently release Starcraft casts there so if you like my commentary, please follow me on my twitch channel and subscribe to my youtube page. =]
Hope you guys decide to participate and/or tune in! I'm highly accepting of feedback on both the event and my own casting so please feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll be sure to read it! Thanks! <3
Edit: Changed image of handicaps to an excel spreadsheet for easy changing.