Elimination Draft is a new and exciting 1v1 tournament where as players progress their civilization pools get smaller and smaller, prepare to see some unusual match-ups as the tournament comes to a close!

Qualification is on 17th March, the format will be Single Elimination, Best of 1. All qual matches will be mirror Random civilizations on a randomly selected map from the pool.

The main tournament is a Swiss format with 3 rounds, this means that each player will play a total of 6 games in three Best of 2 matches. There will be a fixed total of 24 games in the main event.

Civ Rules

Each player starts with 31 civilizations in their pool, each game their opponent will remove 4 civilizations from the pool, leaving the remaining civilizations to choose from freely. Once a civilization has been banned or picked it will be unavailable to that player for the rest of the tournament. This means that by the end of 6 games each player will have 24 civilizations banned, 6 picked and 1 left over.

Map Pool

 Arabia
 Gold Rush
 Highland
 Ghost Lake
 Valley
 Acropolis
 Golden Pit
 Cenotes
 Serengeti

Map Rules

Maps are randomly selected from the pool at the start of each match, players will be made aware of the map before any banning or picking occurs.

Final Stage

To top everything off we will invite the top 2 finishers of the Swiss stage to play a Best of 3 grand final, with the following settings:

Game 1:

Swiss stage winner chooses home map from the pool, both players pick their civs freely and openly but second Swiss finisher must pick first.

Game 2:

Free civ pick, random map selected from pool.

Game 3:

Free civ pick, random map selected from pool.

Prize Split

 $500
 $250
 $150
 $100
5/8- NIL

Restarts

Players are entitled to 1 restart for each event (qualifier and main event), called before 4 minutes (4:00) in game time, unless there is a bugged map in which case a restart will not be used up.

Bugged maps are where any food resources are 100% blocked or where there are less than 3 faces of your main gold or stone available to mine. Must be called after 4 minutes game time or have a screenshot for the admins. If you are unsure please pause and ask.

Lobby Settings

Game : Standard Map
Size : 2 player map
Resources : Standard
Population : 200
Game Speed : Normal
Reveal Map : Normal
Starting Age : Standard
Victory Condition : Conquest

Allow Cheats : [ ] No
Lock Speed : [X] Yes
Record Game : [X] Yes

Full Rules

1. Availability. By signing up to this event you confirm that you will be available to play on 17th, 18th and 19th March between the hours of 12:00 GMT and 23:00 GMT.

2. You will actively monitor the event Skype group and reply within a reasonable time-frame to any admin requests.

3. All games are to be played on AoEHD Patch 5.3. By signing up you understand that AoEHD and all DLC is required to be owned and installed.

4. In the event of a no-TC start (Land Nomad, Nomad) – that is a start where players do not have Town Centers but only villagers:
a) the first buildings constructed must be either a Town Center or a Dock.
b) No Barracks, no Palisade Wall and no more than one House may be build until the first TC is up.
c) No fighting is allowed until both player’s TC is up.

5. Any graphic changes that only affects the player’s AoEHD are allowed.

6. Cheating is not allowed under any circumstances. Players doing any kind of cheating will be disqualified and banned from future EscapeGaming events.

7. Players must play on a known nickname and must play on their own account. Players must not play for somebody else.

(Signups close 12th March at midnight)