January 21, 2018
Global Whitelist Update
After the cup has concluded and we collected your feedback we are announcing the Season 29 whitelist. Thanks to everyone for participating and a big shoutout to the cup’s sponsor whitelist.tf.
Also congratulations to our winners of the Global Whitelist Test Cup: The Bugs EU!
As a reminder of what changed compared to last season’s whitelist and the tested whitelist of our previous cup, here is a quick rundown:
- BASE Jumper -> Banned
- Panic Attack -> Unbanned
- Sandman -> Unbanned
- Bonk! Atomic Punch -> Banned
- Cow Mangler 5000 -> Banned
- Beggar’s Bazooka -> Unbanned
- Dragon’s Fury -> Banned
- Backburner -> Unbanned
- Gas Passer -> Banned
- Thermal Thruster -> Unbanned
- Hot Hand -> Unbanned
- Natascha -> Banned
- Second Banana -> Unbanned
- Gloves of Running Urgently -> Unbanned
- Vita-Saw -> Unbanned
- Darwin’s Danger Shield -> Unbanned
- Machina -> Banned
For more information on the matter, click here.
Map Rotation Update
In order to keep the Map Rotation feeling fresh, it will be changing from season-to-season, starting now! Originally held back due to updates to some of our pro maps, we decided to go with the trusted versions of either map, namely prolands and granary_pro, while keeping the schedule change.
- Week 1: cp_process_final & cp_sunshine
- Week 2: cp_sunshine & cp_gullywash_final1
- Week 3: cp_gullywash_final1 & cp_granary_pro_rc8
- Week 4: cp_granary_pro_rc8 & cp_snakewater_final1
- Week 5: cp_snakewater_final1 & koth_product_rc8
- Week 6: koth_product_rc8 & cp_prolands_b3b
- Week 7: cp_prolands_b3b & cp_process_final
We will be adding a new rule to our 6v6 rules which will be valid for all tiers for their respective Grand Finals. This change was agreed upon in order to ensure that a team fields their main lineup in the final match of the season to prove their strength, while still allowing a single merc in case of any availability issues.
1.4.1 A team can use up to a maximum of 1 merc in Grand Final matches.
A team can use up to a maximum of 1 merc in a Grand Final match of any tier, even if the opponent would allow the use of more than 1 merc.
Now to the more exciting news: We have decided on our qualifiers for the Season 29 Premiership division!
With nunya having superior results in their application and Se7en being a returning champion, both of the teams will be joining last season’s prem teams Ascent.EU and SVIFT, as well as last season’s winning high team Rakuzan, without partaking in the Qualifiers.
The following teams will be fighting for one of three spots, with the seedings on their starting bracket:
Starting from the Upper Bracket, we have these 4 teams:
As well as these 2 teams starting from the lower bracket:
Here is how the brackets will work: Four teams will be facing off in the upper bracket, whose winners will move directly into Premiership. The losers of the upper bracket matches will drop into the lower bracket where the remaining two teams are waiting. Winners of the lower bracket matches will be fighting over the last available spot in the lower bracket final.
You can find a more visual explanation of the brackets here.
Update: Because of SVIFT dropping out of the season, we have changed the Qualifier bracket slightly
The playoffs will take place from Sunday 21st to Friday 26th January with each round having only couple days of time to be played.