We are very pleased to announce Season 1 for our Halo Wars 2 Tournament Ladders!
This season will be made up of the following tournaments:
- Spartan Trials - $300, open, Single Elimination Cup - June 12
- Meta Plays Monthly #1 - $100, Open, Single Elimination Cup - July 3
- Meta Plays Monthly #2 - $100, Open, Single Elimination Cup - July 25
- Meta Plays Monthly #3 - $100, Open, Double Elimination Cup - August 14
- Meta Plays Monthly #4 - $100, Open, Single Elimination Cup - September 4
- Meta Plays Monthly #5 - $100, Open, Single Elimination Cup - September 25
- Meta Plays Monthly #6 - $100, Open, Single Elimination Cup - October 16
- Season Finale - $300, Invitational, Double Elimination Cup - November 6
- Season 2 will begin in January 2022 after a winter break.
What about Team Games?
We currently have no plans to fund a season for Teams. We do however have the technical capability for keeping this separate and to facilitate it in the first place, and will be keeping our eyes on your feedback. The plan is to leave team tournaments to the community.
You Can Help!
For any of you looking to support our events, you can increase prize pools by donating (look for the HW2 option on this page) - we think with your help, boosting one of the mid-season monthlies to $300 is a very achieve-able first goal! You can also help by becoming a patron on Patreon - the first 2 goals would allow us to keep up the same prize pools in our second season, and contracting an editor.
Where To Watch
We will live stream all of the events on our Twitch, and VoDs will be available on our Youtube.
Community casters will have access to cover games as well, as long as we are not covering the match in question. Please contact each event's manager for clearance.
How the Season Works
Each Tournament we host will not only come with cash prizes, but also Meta Plays Ladder Points. These points go towards the corresponding ladder. Based on your position in the ladder, we assign you to a "Class" - one of D(lowest), C, B, A and S(highest). The classes give you a badge and will be featured on your Tournament Profile. By the time the Season Finale comes around, we will invite the top players based on the Ladder. Check out the Class icons below.
The top 4 players will also receive medals corresponding with their final placement in each Tournament. While most are generic, Season Opener and Finale events, as well as any mid-season cup that reaches a prize pool of $300 will receive custom medals.
Please note that the Ladders will only be generated after the first tournament has finished. Naturally, Tournament Profiles will also be quite empty at first! You are able to display your Profile and Class in your posts, if you turn these on in your site profile, however.
Give Us The Numbers
You are curious, as you should be!
Based on the number and quality of signed up players, we modify the number of total points that a tournament can provide. Our guidelines for this are below:
- Base value: 10x Prize pool in USD (or monetary value in prizes).
For any class exclusion combination, remove 10% points per class removed.
- S Class only tournaments are excluded from this ruling on a case-by-case basis.
The number of players in the tournaments will scale the points in the following way:
- 4-8: -50%
- 9-15: -25%
- 16-24: no change
- 24-32: +50%
- 33-47: +75%
- 48-64: +100%
- You can review the point spread between player placements using our Tournament Point Calculator.
Can I Host Tournaments Too?
Yes! We are in fact looking for additional Tournament Hosts that are willing to contribute to our Seasonal Ladders. You can apply here.
The ideal third party Tournament Host will:
- Have a prize pool for each event
- Have a solid history of past tournaments
- Not have been the cause of payout scandals
- Try not to create conflicts with our event dates
That is pretty much it! Let us know what you think in the comments below, join us on Discord for real-time chats, and we will see you on the battlefield!