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!
Good news everyone!
It is now two months till our next event. There are some changes we would like to outline as well as some other bits:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
-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.
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.
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.
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.
LANified! is looking for some volunteer talent to help us with our growing needs. If you love gaming and helping the competitive and casual gaming scene, we're the place to be.
Right now LANified! is looking for a volunteer graphical artist or two. While we take all the work we do seriously do consider this is a volunteer position. We are looking for artists who specialize in the digital arts, 2d and/or 3d. If you would be interested in volunteering for LANified! please email bloodyiron at shaw dot ca , citing your previous work and your top 3 games of all-time. If you know someone who would be interested in helping us out please point them our way.
We at LANified! want to thank everyone that made it out to our event. We're pretty sure that everyone had a great time.
As most of you know this is the first time we broadcasted our event and we think it turned out pretty well considering we had a few early hiccups. While it is a bit disorganized we were able to keep recordings of the broadcasts we made, and they can be found at: http://www.justin.tv/lanified/videos .
Some of our previous attendees also know that we make time lapse videos of our events. The one for event 8 can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKcq0QeOlFs
As for the results of the tournaments, here they are.
1st place: Invincible (buck-shot)
Bracket: Click here!
Heroes of Newerth:
1st place: Team Flux (buck-shot)
Bracket: Click here!
Team Fortress 2:
1st place: I need a team (buck-shot)
Bracket: Click here!
We had some great support from our sponsors this event. S2 helped us a lot, and we unfortunately had a bit of a mix-up with CPU Magazine. As such CPU has sent me a link to pass around for a free year subscription! Check it out at: http://www.computerpoweruser.com/Regist ... ister.aspx . We also had some great support from the concession group, boy was that some tasty grub.
Going forward, we're already planning the next event. Expect to hear more about it soon. If you want to keep up with what's going on with us you can follow us a couple ways in addition to the site. We have a facebook page at http://facebook.lanified.com and we now have an IRC channel! Server: irc.gamesurge.net Channel: #LANified! We also run a public mumble server, to connect just add voice.lanified.com (default port) to your server list. And don't forget we still have our minecraft server at mine.lanified.com !
Can't wait to see you at the next event!