If any of you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I announced that we are finally returning to the Mastering Runeterra Championship Series. This tournament is the another step towards our goal of a self-sustaining Legends of Runeterra series or tour.
We've had a lot of hurdles to jump over when it came to running the tournaments, live production and the complexities of international buyins and pay outs. After much trial and error we have finally smoothed out most if not all of those issues. The last piece of the puzzle we need to figure out is just how much of the community wants to be playing in these kinds of tournament series and how that translates into registration fees and prizes. We obviously want to be putting on the biggest and most exciting events we possibly can, while at the same time making sure we don't break everything we've built to date.
Thus we will be holding a $20 tournament with a $1000 guaranteed prize pool this Saturday Dec 17th. It will have casting by Boulevard and SparklingIceT on Twitch.tv/MasteringRuneterra. It will be for NA shard players, B03, Swiss with a cut to top8. We are using Matcherino for the first time, which allows players to sign up using Paypal or a Credit Card. It also pays winning players right after the tournament concludes.
You can find more information on the registration page here https://matcherino.com/t/1000maru or you can always ask questions in our Discord https://discord.gg/gHEf4SJTAU
We will take what we learn from the tournament this weekend, and we'll have another similar tournament in January. If everything goes well, we will then launch Season 2 of the Masteringruneterra Championship with the new seasonal season in February. Qualifier tournaments will run on the weekends throughout the season, with the larger invite-only Championship tournament happening the weekend before Seasonals. We plan to support both new constructed formats during the qualifiers, and will have both formats present in the Championship tournament. We will continue iterating and improving this series throughout 2023 with the hopes being that, by 2024, the championship events will all feed into an even larger end-of-year tournament.
We also hope to be able to bring the series to EU and APAC after we have it up and running in NA, as well as support Limited/Draft tournaments when the new format arrives later in 2023.
At the end of the day this is really a community-led effort, and will live or die with the communities' support. If you can come play in the tournament this weekend, that would great, and playing or not the next best thing would be to help us spread the word. It's often difficult to distribute information around as we are all on different social platforms, and in different shards. So if you are part of a LoR community of any kind, please share the information along.
I'll be writing a 2022 wrap up / goals for 2023 article later this month where I'll go into some more detail on my thoughts for what the series can become and how lucky we are to have such an amazing community. I think 2023 will be the big turning point in competitive LoR that many of us have been waiting for. Together we can make sure that we make that dream a reality. Good luck this weekend!
- Jason Fleurant