It was believed to be only a myth, lost in the shadows of obscurity, spoken of only at bedtime to children begging for a story of the old world. The Gauntlet of the lost goblin emperor Kweezgig, said to be a gift handed to Kweezgig by the ancient gods of the goblins themselves, he wielded its ultimate power to unite the tribes and for a short time create a mighty empire of goblins that sent fear into the hearts of kings everywhere.
The Golden Gauntlet has been offered up as a prize since the first BBATTL Major Tournament of the Year, The Golden Gauntlet. This priceless relic traveled from the deep crypt of the vampires of the Eternal Thirst from the inaugural running of this tournament, to the Dwarven halls of the Ragnarockers 'n' Rollers in the second running of the tournament. Prince Ayennevlic has sent out his best goblin sneaks, to steal the gauntlet back whilst the Rollers sit in a drunken stupor in their massive hall. They left behind a taunting note however, daring the dwarves to come and reclaim it in the third incarnation of the tournament.
And now the fabled relic is once again put up as the prize in the Golden Gauntlet III. Who will dare attempt to claim it for themselves!
Weljamir; Sump's End Specials - Chaos Dwarf - 2070
The Golden Gauntlet group play will begin around January 1st if all teams are applied.
This is a BBATTL Major tournament, as such teams should be established and developed. All teams need a minimum TV of 1400. (exceptions for stunties) Some teams entering this stage will be well over 2000 in TV so its recommended teams be at least in the 1600+ range.
Please post in the in the Golden Gauntlet III section of the Sign Up for GOBBLN Hosted Cups in the BBATTL section of the forums. Here.
All standard GOBBLN Policies apply, which can be found here. Standard Inducements will be in effect.
As this is a major event the total points available will be equal to 40x the number of teams that enter it. Final distribution will be announced once we have a final count on entries. There were 28 teams x 40 equals 1120 points. The final distribution ended at 1120 for the GG and 120 for the SG. Here is that distribution.
GOLDEN GAUNTLET III Point Allocations
Semi Final Losers
Quarter Final Losers
3rd Place Group Phase 2
SILVER GAUNTLET III Point Allocations
Group Play Format
Group play will comprise the early portion of the event. The format will be for groups of 4 playing a short 3 game qualficiation round. At the conclusion of this round the bottom half of the league as determined by division standings will drop out, and the remaining teams (plus any wildcards as needed in the event of odd numbers of divisions) will be slotted into new groups of 4 and play another 3 game set.
All group winners and as many wildcard teams as needed to make the playoff numbers work will advance. Wildcards will be taken in order of points from the pool of 2nd place teams. The size of the playoffs is dependent upon the number of entrants.
Time Zone Groups
Groups will be established as either European, North American or Flex. When registering please indicate accordingly. As the groups begin to fill up we will attempt to modify the number of each type of group, but towards the end it will likely be that a few final slots may be restricted to only one type of group. All applicants should expect to schedule match times based on their group. We will make a lot of effort to keep you in what you registered for, so this potential challenge should only impact the last couple of slots. The groups will be determined randomly.
Seeding the Elimination Rounds
The seeding for the elimination portion of the tournament will be loosly based on the the standings from the second half of group play, however these first round matchups will be adjusted where possible to keep favorable time zone matchups where possible. In later rounds this will obviously be less the case.