Tournament Formats for BattleCON, EXCEED, and Pixel Tactics

Hey, everyone! With Gen Con coming soon, it is important to know how the tournaments for our games will be held. In this article, we will talk about the different tournament formats for BattleCON, EXCEED, and Pixel Tactics.

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The Swiss-System

Before going into the specifics, it must be said that all our tournaments will make use of the Swiss-system. The Swiss-system is a tournament format wherein players are not eliminated. Instead, players are grouped based on their performance in the tournament so far, and play games against competitors that are performing similarly. After a certain number of rounds, the player with the most aggregate score earned during each round of the tournament is declared the winner.

We make use of the Swiss-system to ensure that you get to enjoy the full tournament. Nothing feels worse than sitting down and preparing for a tournament only to be knocked out in round one!

Should you feel like you need more information regarding the Swiss-system, CLICK HERE!

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BattleCON

The BattleCON tournaments are to be played using the aforementioned Swiss-system. In each round, competitors are to fight one another in a best of 3. When entering the tournament, each player brings and registers 3 specific characters to compete with. They will be using these 3 specific characters for the whole tournament. Before each set, both competitors are able to ban one of their opponent's characters. This is done blind. After this, the competitors simultaneously pick their first fighter and play the first game.

Remember that, once a character wins a game, that character must be selected for the next game. This means that the winner must continue using the same character. On the other hand, once a character loses a game, that character cannot be selected for future games. The player who can no longer select a character for the next game is declared the loser. This means that you must defeat both of your opponent's characters before they defeat both of yours!

It is also important to remember that there are some banned characters and cards for all BattleCON Tournaments. This is done in the interest of keeping the tournaments more competitive and balanced, while also allowing for easier flow. Here are the restrictions:

  1. The following characters are banned and cannot be part of your team:
    1. Kaitlyn
    2. Arec
    3. Ottavia
  2. The following characters can be brought, but have special conditions:
    1. Clive (you must remove his Core Shielding module from his kit)
    2. Endrbyt (you must bring a pre-built Endrbyt at the start of the tournament and cannot change his kit during the tournament)

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EXCEED

The EXCEED tournaments will be identical to BattleCON tournaments. If you already read the above section, you may skip to the bans/restrictions list below.

They are to be played using the Swiss-system. In each round, competitors are to fight one another in a best of 3. When entering the tournament, each player brings and registers 3 specific characters to compete with. They will be using these 3 specific characters for the whole tournament. Before each set, both competitors are able to ban one of their opponent's characters. This is done blind. After this, the competitors simultaneously pick their first fighter and play the first game.

Remember that, once a character wins a game, that character must be selected for the next game. This means that the winner must continue using the same character.On the other hand, once a character loses a game, that character cannot be selected for future games. The player who can no longer select a character for the next game is declared the loser. This means that you must defeat both of your opponent's characters before they defeat both of yours!

It is also important to remember that there are some banned characters and cards for all EXCEED Tournaments. This is done in the interest of keeping the tournaments more competitive and balanced, while also allowing for easier flow. Here are the restrictions:

  1. The following characters are banned and cannot be part of your team:
    1. Alice

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Pixel Tactics

Pixel Tactics tournaments are also played using the Swiss-system. Unlike BattleCON or EXCEED, you won't know which cards you'll be using in the tournament as players will be drafting their decks for tournament play!

Tournaments will make use of a drafting pool of cards called "The Cube." The Cube will only contain mostly legal tournament cards. Also, The Cube will likely feature cards from almost every set, but will not feature any cards from the Megaman Pixel Tactics sets.

At the start of the tournament, players must draft cards from The Cube in order to build the decks they will be using. Each set of tournament players will be dealt a "pack" of 8 cards from the cube. They select 1 card from this 8 to be their Leader (should all the cards in the pack be Commons, call an organizer to deal you a new pack). After this, all players will pass the remaining 7 card pack to the player on their left. With this new pack, players will now select 1 of the 7 cards to be a Hero in their deck. They, then, pass the remaining cards to the player on the left. This is repeated until all the packs' cards are drafted, leaving all players with 1 Leader and 7 Heroes.

The above process is, then, repeated 3 more times. However, it is important to note that the direction in which you pass the packs is alternated. If the first round had players pass to their left, the second round must have players pass to their right. Once all this is done, all players must have 4 Leaders and 28 Heroes. Each player may then place up to 3 of their Hero cards back into the Cube, possibly lowering their deck totals to 25.

Once the decks have been drafted, players are to play each other in best of 3 sets as if it were regular constructed play. At the start of each game, players must select their Leader from their drafted pool of 4 Leaders and draw one less card in their opening hand.

Should you need more information regarding draft rules and playing with constructed decks, CLICK HERE!

It is also important to remember that there are some banned characters and cards for all Pixel Tactics Tournaments. This is done in the interest of keeping the tournaments more competitive and balanced, while also allowing for easier flow. It might be useful to remember which cards and strategies won't be available to you in the tournament. Here are the restrictions:

  1. The following characters are banned as Leaders and cannot be chosen as Leaders:
    1. Van Sorrel's Double (PT5)
    2. Mormelence Kite Piedro (PT5)
    3. Shoshannah Kasselock (PT5)
    4. Jance Eylon (PT4)
    5. Alice Zero (PT3)
    6. Endrbyt (PT3)
    7. Exhufern Le Marigras (PT3)
    8. Iaxus the Shattered (PT2)
    9. Luc Von Gott (PT1)
    10. Laine Shevelt (Freelancers)
    11. Nabatina Malephaise (Seven Sisters)
  2. The following characters are banned as Heroes and cannot be chosen as Heroes:
    1. Empath (PT5)
    2. Failsafe (PT3)
    3. Zone Warrior (PT3)
    4. Drone (PT3)
    5. Technologist (PT2)
    6. Warlock (PT2)
    7. Scientist (PT1)
    8. Trapper (PT1)
    9. Mascot (PT1)
    10. Butler (Seven Sisters)
    11. Deceiver (Seven Sisters)
    12. Mage (Price of Victory)

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There you have it, folks! These are our tournament rules. We do hope you enjoy attending or hosting your own tournaments! Happy Gaming!