What is the Pan-American Team League?
Pan-American Team League, PATL, is just as it sounds. It is a "proleague"-esque type of tournament that features ONLY Players and Clans from the Americas, facing off each week for the simple sake of saying "Look, my Clan is better and we can back that up because we're the better players."
This, in my mind, is to help invigorate the BW scene and cause friendly competition among BW players. Back in the 2000 - 2008 era of BW, Clan Wars were a VERY common thing and it was 98% of the time done for FUN and "epeen". Clan Pride. My Clan beat your Clan, etc. "Wow NonY is good on Team Media, I want to beat him in the next CW." etc.
This fostered friendly competition among Clans/Teams to help other Clans BEAT rival Clans. It was HEALTHY and HELPFUL in order to ensure players continued to strive to be better. It also didn't hurt if Clan X beat Clan Z giving Clan Y a chance to reach the Play-Offs because of the point system that will be used as explained later.
There is drought of that competitive spirit in our current era of BW besides the CPL which has been having a successful go of things thanks to it's Admins and ACTIVE participants.
To put it simply. I want to see more players from the Americas showing up as some of the strongest players in BW. Right now as it stands, name some of the top foreign BW players. ssizky. Eonzerg. Dewalt. etc etc. Nobody from the Americas. LET'S CHANGE THAT. I remember when people would easily throw out names like Louder, InkA, Future, Jumperer, Machine, LzGaMeR, Nyoken, DinOt, CastrO, DracO, NonY, JP, IdrA, KawaiiRice, etc.
Results as Desired
-Better Americas Players
-Enjoyment of scheduled Clan competition
-People always show up and are encouraged to continue doing so, striving to be better.
-Removing the need of "walk-overs" or the feeling of "Wow I took a night off from life to be here and my guy didn't show and I don't get to play, what a waste of time." by including opportunities for Subs.
I'll be following a "ProLeague" format, with some twists.
Clan Wars will be Best of 5 matches. With each match being a Best of 1. Each Match is worth ONE point. The Clans/Teams at the end of the Season with the most points move on to the Play-Offs.
All games to be played on US-West or US-East. Each week there will be a designated "Home" Clan/Team and a "Vistor" Clan/Team. The "Home" team will select the desired US-W or US-E server.
So it looks like this:
3 - Bo1 1v1s
1 - Bo1 2v2
1 - Bo1 Ace Match if needed
(5 matches total)
Edit: Some people would like Bo3. Let's let the polls decide!
Bo1 Format will be used going forward. The matches will officially be held on Sundays at 10pm PST.
Map Pool has been selected, bottom of the post.
Clan "A" will decided which of their players will play in the 1v1s and the 2v2. Clan "A" will send me their lineup. Clan "B" will send me theirs. I then release the lineup and the Clans can then prepare their players for the released MUs. ACE players are decided as needed by Clan Leaders if the matches extend to the 5th match.
To break it down. The following is an EXAMPLE and does not adhere to TRUE facts or stats.
Clan [light]'s Clan Leader, Xeris, receives the Map Lineup from the Admin, PsyonicReaver. Match Point, Circuit Breaker, Hunters and Heartbreak Ridge as the ACE map. Xeris knows Machine does really well on Match Point and decides to play his Zerg there. Knowing that most Clans play Terrans on that map. His hope is that Machine will "snipe" a possible Terran player from the opposing Clan and get an easy win for the [light]. Xeris will play Louder on Circuit Breaker because he knows Louder is a great, all-round player that can handle himself. LzGaMeR and Nyoken will play in the 2v2. If things hit the fan and it goes to the ACE match, Xeris knows IdrA will be around if he needs to use him, arguably his BEST player.
The only area I'm unsure of is how "long" a season of PATL should be. Should it run for 3 months? 2 months? Matches every week? Every other week?
When the season is over, the top 8/4/2 (Depends on how many sign up!) Clans/Teams with the most points, move on to the Play-Offs.
Should we try to play ALL the matches on the same day every week? Do we allow Clans 7 days for their players to play their matches on their own set time frame?
What do I, ahem I mean, my Clan/Team win?
The winners of the Play-Offs will be crowned the Champs of the PATL Season 1. For this season of PATL, all I can award you are epic bragging rights and a high five from myself. If this truly takes off and there is a ton of interest, I will do my best to drum up some kind of first place prize for the winners. Gift Cards or something.
I've managed to secure funding of prizes for participants via a bonus check from my company that I was NOT expecting. So you heard it here first guys, this is coming from ME personally.
$100 to the winning team / This will be split EVENLY team members, the more members per team, the less each individual person gets but obviously MORE bragging rights.
$50 to 2nd place team.
$25 to 3rd place team.
If I am able to secure additional funding from private donors or crowd funding, I'll update the prize pool accordingly.
1. Standard tournament rules apply as listed on https://iccup.com/en/starcraft/sc_tour_rules.html, https://iccup.com/en/starcraft/sc_ladder_rules.html and according to all Modern Blizzard Sanctioned tournaments. Most of you should know these by heart already.
2. Once Lineups have been submitted, they are LOCKED to those race Match-Ups on those maps. If a player fails to show for their match but a clanmate is online, they can "sub" themselves into that match but playing as THAT player's race.
TO ALSO CLARIFY, one player could possibly sub for his entire team and even doing 1v2 or 1+1AI v 2. The caveat to that is it can only be done ONCE per player per season.
Louder[light] didn't show up for his match vs Artosis[media]. It was a PvT on Circuit Breaker. Luckily Machine[light] is online and can "sub" for Louder. Sadly he can't play his preferred race of Zerg since the MU was submitted as PvT on CB. Machine will have to play as Protoss vs Artosis' Terran.
3. Clans must have AT LEAST 3 players to enter and participate. (No Smurfing to bolster your numbers, if you get caught you will be disqualified and removed from ACW.)
You could, if you want, have a "B" team and a "C" team and so forth all bearing the same Clan tag. These teams would all be seeded into the ACW to play against each other and other Clans.
[light] has 20 members of their clan. The odds of EVERYONE getting to play each week is low. Xeris wants everyone to have fun and play. He decides to retain his top 4 best players as [light] Team "A" his next 4 as [light] Team "B", etc and so forth. OR if he was CRAZY he could split his "best" players among multiple teams filled with his "mediocre" players. This would foster more friendly competition inside the Clan and against other Clans. That's Xeris call to make as Clan Leader.
4. When the PATL starts players are "locked" to their Clan/Team, THEY CAN NOT MOVE TO A NEW CLAN/TEAM DURING THE CURRENT ACW SEASON. Only Players from Team "A" can "sub" for Team "A". You can NOT get players from Team "B" to sub for Team "A" stead.
5. English is PREFERRED but NOT required to participate. I am fluent in Spanish, if any Spanish Players/Clans need help organizing, contact me via PM.
6. Players MUST LIVE AND RESIDE in the North, Central or South Americas to participate.
Casters/Streamers/VODs of any/all matches.
Schamtoo has expressed interest in live casting and/or providing VODs.
Even if you've NEVER done it before, ANY converge is better than NO coverage. This is how I started MY casting career doing something similar. I started doing Yankee League for fun as a hobby and from there I eventually worked my way up to cast WCG USA finals in New York with Artosis, highlight of my career.
A way to track stats. It's fun to see who does well and keep an eye on over the course of a season and into the future.
What I need from YOU
-If your clan/team is interested in participating, please list your Clan name and how many players. If you're a larger Clan breaking into smaller Teams. List how many potetional teams there will be. This will help me keep track.
If you want to help in some way but not play. PM me about how you feel you could be involved.
dM- aka DisturbedMind (20)
WCE aka Worst Clan Ever (~2?)
ME_ aka Melee Experts (~8?)
SCC- aka StarCraft Confederacy (~2?)
eMg aka East Manner Gaming (~7?)
Clanless aka Teamless (~12?)
Peruvians aka We're Fucked (~Lag?)
[SK] aka ? (~?)
[VexX] aka ? (~?)
osR- aka ? (~?)
NrG. aka Team eNerGy (~?)
CL aka ? (~?)
~11 Clans/Teams interested
~70 Players interested
People offering assistance (Admin)
PM me or post here in thread and I'll update this section.
I need a FINAL COUNT of how many TEAMS/CLANS will be participating BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK. Friday the 25th by 12pm PST.
YOU (YES YOU) NEED TO PM ME. I need your Clan/Team name, how MANY people are in your Clan. I also need to know if you are breaking your Clan down into smaller SUB-teams.
"Hi, this is DerpaDerp of Clan Derp. We have 20 players. We will be playing as one SINGLE team. Here are the names of everyone that will be playing. We want to be considered as a US-West clan."
(This is fine, that means you have lots of people to choose from each week to play your matches and lots of subs as needed.)
"Hi, this is PoopyPoo of Clan Poo. We have 10 players but we are going to have TWO teams. Poo Team A and Poo Team B. There will be 5 players on each team. The players on Poo Team A are ... and the players on Poo Team B are... Both teams are considered US-West. (OR you can have 1 be West and 1 be East. Just tell me!)
(This is a well balanced approach!)
"Hi this is SCC-Faust of the StarCraft Confederacy. I have no friends, except like these 2 other guys I just found so I guess they are my friends. I don't know. We're only 3 players on this team. Their names are ... and we are US-East."
(Be careful! If people don't show up to matches you could find yourself losing lots of points for not having enough players showing up to play their games!)
THE FIRST MATCHUPS/MAPS WILL BE RELEASED AUGUEST 27TH!
THE FIRST OFFICIAL MATCHS WILL BE PLAYED NO LATER THAN SEPT 3RD! (That means you have between August 27th and Sept 3rd to play your matches!)
Sept 3rd at 10am PST is the OFFICIAL start time to play your match vs your opponent if neither person was able to play their match earlier in the week. You will meet on the HOME Teams server in the official channel. If 10min passes and your opponent is a no show, the other team can sub someone in playing for that person's race. If NOBODY from the other team shows up, you can PM me with a screenshot showing you having typed /time (This will give me a timestamp/date to verify) and you will get the point via walkover.
THE OFFICIAL MAPPOOL
These are not in order and will be rotated around each week.
1v1 Map Pool
Sin Peaks of Baekdu
2v2 Map Pool