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Posted by BloodyIron on .
This week we will be broadcasting once again, Our schedule is as follows:


Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm MST (GMT-7): Starcraft 2 King of the Hill

We are hosting another King of the Hill event for Starcraft 2, open to any player in North America. To participate simply enter the LANified! channel, and be ready in time for our broadcast. The rules are:
-If you lose you cannot re-enter the event as a contestant for that day
-If you win a match you stay in to face the next eligible contestant
-The new contestant picks the map
-You must be in the "LANified!" Starcraft 2 chat channel to participate
-Outcomes of disconnects/computer problems will be decided on a case-by-case basis
-Eligible contestants will be invited to the appropriate game
-These rules may change at a later date

The map list is:
-Scrap Station
-Xel'Naga Caverns
-Backwater Gulch
-Delta Quadrant
-Metalopolis
-Shakuras Plateau
-Slag Pits
-Tal'darim Altar LE
-The Shattered Temple
-Typhon Peaks


Thursday: 5pm - 9pm MST (GMT-7): Minecraft King of the Hill

We are hosting a brand new King of the Hill event featuring Minecraft pvp. The rules and format are not yet finalized, but this is welcome to anyone. The rules will probably fall along the same lines of the Starcraft 2 KotH. Do not worry, we havn't forgotten about our build fest world, but we are re-working the format for it, it's fair to expect it to return in some fashion. We will present how to join this event during the broadcast, or earlier if possible on our site. So keep checking back to our site for updates.

To watch our broadcasts LIVE! head to http://www.lanified.com/networks



As for our coming LANified! 9: Batter Up event, there are some things we want to cover.


First, in terms of pledging prizing unlocks. As you may know the prizing increases as enough people pledge for particular tournaments (you pledge on the page for the specific event in-case you didn't). However something we can't present nicely just yet is that when these new prize pools unlock they will not just go to the first place contestant, but they will be split between first and second place. To elaborate:

For Starcraft 2 the step up prize pool will be:
1st place: $220
2nd place: $100

For Team Fortress 2 the step up prize pool will be:
1st place: $210
2nd place: $90


Second, our early-bird prepay will be ending midnight Friday night of this week. To clarify it ends 00:01 Saturday May 7th 2011. Currently our prepay is $40, but afterwards the prepay will bump up to $50. We will still be taking prepayments after this point. As such we recommend that you take advantage of the early-bird pricing while it's still available! If you are having difficulties with any step of the way, give us a shout on the forums and we'll work our hardest to help you with whatever problems you may have.


Third, we've been putting up quite a few posters, and are constantly looking for new locations, but we sometimes miss good locations. Do you know of some worthwhile locations? Let us know! Post on our facebook page: http://facebook.lanified.com or on our forums: http://www.lanified.com/forums


There's plenty happening and boy are we excited to bring it all to you. If you know of any other people who would enjoy our events, don't hesitate to spread the word. It really helps us, and helps you have a great time too. To sign up or prepay for our LAN party head to the event details at: http://www.lanified.com/events/details/6

Tune in or join in!

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KotH Maplist
Posted by BloodyIron on .
The map list for our KotH tonight will follow parity with the ladder, it is as follows:

  • Scrap Station
  • Xel'Naga Caverns
  • Backwater Gulch
  • Delta Quadrant
  • Metalopolis
  • Shakuras Plateau
  • Slag Pits
  • Tal'darim Altar LE
  • The Shattered Temple
  • Typhon Peaks

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SC2 KotH This coming Wednesday!
Posted by BloodyIron on .
Good news everyone!

This coming Wednesday (Apr 27th 2011) we will be hosting a LIVE Starcraft 2 King of the Hill event!

This event will be online only and we will be broadcasting each and every match as they happen in beautiful 720p with living breathing commentators. It will be a first-come-first-served sort of event in that the first two people ready will play and the first person ready after the match will face the winner. This is strictly a for-fun event.

To clarify on somethings:
-If you lose you cannot re-enter the event as a contestant
-If you win a match you stay in to face the next eligible contestant
-The new contestant picks the map
-Map list is TBA, but will likely follow closely to the 1v1 ladder map list
-You must be in the "LANified!" Starcraft 2 chat channel to enter
-Outcomes of disconnects/computer problems will be decided on a case-by-case basis
-Eligible contestants will be invited to the appropriate game
-These rules may change at a later date


The event will start at 4pm MST (GMT-7) and will go till 9pm MST (GMT-7). We will have a one hour break from 6pm MST to 7pm MST, upon which the event will resume.

To watch the event head to http://www.lanified.com/networks during our scheduled event times.

Hope to see you there! :)

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LANified! 9: two months left!
Posted by BloodyIron on .
It is now two months till our next event. There are some changes we would like to outline as well as some other bits:


Starcraft 2:


Tournament Format:

The tournament format will no longer be double elimination, we will move to a slightly more complex format but one with better results. It will be broken down into stages.

Stage 1:

Entrants will be broken down into groups of 6. Each group of 6 will face off in a round-robin format series. The top 2 entrants from each group of 6 will proceed to Stage 2. If the number of entrants in this stage is not divisible by 6 what the extra entrants will do will be based on how many there are. If there are 3 OR LESS extra entrants the top ranked entrants (based on ladder ranking) will be swapped into these extra slots and get a buy into Stage 2. If there are 4 OR MORE extra entrants the group will play in a round-robin format series, again with the top 2 entrants proceeding to Stage 2. Map picks will be agreed upon by both entrants at this stage, if no map is agreed upon it will be chosen at random by a tournament administrator.

Stage 2:

The remaining entrants will face off in a single-elimination tournament bracket, each match will consists of a bo3 series. To clarify, when you face an entrant in this stage you will play against them in a bo3 (Best Of 3) series. The maps will be determined when you are matched up. First pick will be determined by a coin toss (or equivalent), and then picks will alternate. To clarify, the coin toss winner gets pick, then the other entrant picks the second map, then the coin toss winner picks the third map.

This bracket will continue until we have 2 entrants left, they shall proceed to Stage 3.

Stage 3:

The finalists will face-off in a Bo5 (Best Of 5) series. Each entrant will be able to veto 1 map. First pick will be determined by a coin toss (or equivalent). Picks hereafter shall be chosen by the loser of the previous game.


The reason we have decided to move to this format is it provides more games to those who may be eliminated earlier in the tournament. Each player in the groups of 6 in Stage 1 will be guaranteed 5 games played. It also simplifies our structure as we had some minor problems in the past with confusion about who does what, and when. This change should not significantly affect scheduling even if we reach capacity. At this time we do not offer any seeding in our tournaments but are looking to implement such in future events.


Maps:

Blizzard has changed the 1v1 ladder map list since we last reviewed our map selection. As such we are adjusting to match parity with the current ladder. The map list is as follows:

-Scrap Station (2)
-Xel'Naga Caverns (2)
-Backwater Gulch (4)
-Delta Quadrant (4)
-Metalopolis (4)
-Shakuras Plateau (4)
-Slag Pits (4)
-Tal'darim Altar LE (4)
-The Shattered Temple (4)
-Typhoon Peaks (4)

We welcome discussion on this list. The primary reason we give preference to parity with the ladder is so that players can reliably get practice on these maps. We may revise this list as the event approaches.



LANified! NETworks is growing:

At our last event we launched a new service from LANified!: LANified! NETworks. Since then it has been very well received and going forward we are expanding our services provided and quality. As such we are looking for some talented individuals who think they can step up to the plate to help us with commentating and other related tasks. If you are enthusiastic about competitive gaming and have the insight into such competition we ask that you email bloodyiron at shaw dot ca to apply. This is a volunteer position. If you find yourself hesitant to apply we ask that you DO apply instead of not applying.



Previous events:

If you were unfortunate enough to miss our previous events, we have time-lapse video footage of them. Not all of them, but our last two are as follows:

LANified! 7: http://youtu.be/DPuaHGpbwlU?hd=1

LANified! 8: http://youtu.be/HKcq0QeOlFs?hd=1



Pledging and signup clarification:

There are a few things we want to clarify and remind our valued attendees about. First off, on our site, creating an account is not signing up for the event, you need to sign up for the specific event you want to attend once you are logged in. This is so that it is easier for you in the future for you to sign up as you will use the same account. Second off, if you are planning to prepay or have already prepaid we want to remind you to pledge for the tournaments you want to enter. Pledging unlocks higher prize pools and shows us reliable numbers on how many people are interested in which tournaments.



Early-bird Prepaying:

We also want to remind everyone that there is only one month left to take advantage of our early-bird prepayment pricing. If you are looking to prepay we recommend that you take advantage of this.



LANified! 4 years and stronger than ever!:

It came to our attention not too long ago that we missed our own anniversary! It turns out (according to the waybackmachine) that we're now 4 years old! If you want to see what our earlier site looked like, you can check it out at: http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200711 ... ified.com/

4 years is a long time, and we've had plenty of it to reflect on where we are going forward. As such we have large plans in stock to improve our offerings and expand. We are greatly looking forward to the next 4+ years and are glad you are here to enjoy it with us.

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lanified.com: Account Maintenance
Posted by ReAn on .
Hello everyone,

In preparation for some changes coming in the semi-near future to the website I am performing some account maintenance. A small number of you will be contacted directly by me (Aren / ReAn) in regards to a decision about your account. I am giving those who I contact till April 17th (2 weeks) to respond or I'll go ahead with my best discretion.

It's nothing too serious, I just decided to post a small note about this here in case anyone contacted was unsure what's going on.

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