The dust has just settled from the last big battle (Kotei), and a new feud is looming already. Read on to find out about the next instalment in our Clan Rivals tournament series.
Insult leads to Duel
In the Emerald Empire, cooperation would seem to be a good thing, but cooperation depends on trust, and in the strange new lands of Sanctuary, trust is rarely to be had. Now the Dragon beseech the Phoenix for aid, but in doing so have proven themselves reckless, unreliable, and unworthy of the secrets they ask. The Phoenix in their response deliver insult to the Dragon, an insult which cannot be allowed to stand. In reply to this insult, Mirumoto Rei has challenged Shiba Yohana to a duel. Let steel decide not just this point of honor but what manner of aid, if any, the Dragon shall receive…
Now you are all invited to determine whose blade shall be victorious and the manner of the victory.
Clan Rivals is a tournament where you pledge your allegiance to one of the two rivalling clans (or participate as a ronin, but where is the fun in that?). The result of the tournament—the winner’s supported clan—will influence how our story on Sanctuary develops, and might even result in cards specific to the outcome!
This time, the winner’s team will determine who won the duel, but there is more! The winner may personally choose a short descriptor to determine the manner of victory. Example descriptors include:
Gracious – Overwhelming – Skillful – Bloodthirsty – Dishonest – Lucky – By forfeit – Your own description! (subject to story team approval)
Start date: The tournament will start on February 21, 2023.
Sign-up: Click the link to Lotus Pavilion on Training Grounds to sign up. When you sign up, please choose one of the following options: Lend your steel to the Dragon (choose to state “Dragon” as your team name), or to the Phoenix (choose to state “Phoenix” as your team name), or leave it blank. Or just reach out to Rob and he will sort you out if anything goes awry!
Tournament structure: The tournament will have 5-day rounds of Swiss (you have 5 days to finish each round). The amount of rounds depends on players: up to 16 players will result in 4 rounds, up to 32 players will result in 5 rounds, and 33 or more players will result in 6 rounds.
The Top Cut will consist of the top 2 or top 4 of each team (2 if 16 players or less, 4 if 32 players or less—in case of more than 60 players, the top 8 of each team will qualify). Each player then plays best-of-three knockout rounds, again with 5 days per round as limit.
Special deck-building restrictions: Team Dragon may not play Phoenix splash. Team Phoenix may not play Dragon splash. If you’re playing Dragon as your clan, you must choose team Dragon. If you’re playing Phoenix, you must choose team Phoenix.
Pledging allegiance late: If you have not chosen a team, you can do so as the tournament goes on, but you will be counted as the lowest qualified player of your bracket if you do so.
Example: You are possibly on a 5-1 record, but you are counted as the last of the 5-1s for qualifying reasons if you choose your allegiance late. Sincerity is a virtue of Bushido after all.
So, raise the banners of who you support. Fight for the glory of them and their ancestors.