Over the last several events we have run two CS:GO Tournaments (CS:GO Open and CS:GO Novice). The CS:GO Open tournament had no entry restrictions. Whereas, the CS:GO Novice tournament had the following restrictions:
Using a player's ingame rank is not a great way to determine their skill level. Some players don't even play a lot of match making and play external competitions such as Cybergamer or Face-It amongst many others. This means several players were unranked or they had a rank that was not in-line with their skill level.
Whilst LAN-slide made every effort to try and stop smurfing, it was ultimately impossible to enforce. There was no easy way for us to prove or disprove a lot of smurfing allegations. We have found from the last couple of tournaments, most smurfing allegations led to unhappy teams and had a negative impact on the novice tournament.
Instead of using Valve's ranking system to determine a "qualifying list" or seeding to divide teams into two separate tournaments, we would throw everyone into the same tournament, providing an even playing field. This way a player's rank would be decided by the teams cooperative skill level on the day. This will hopefully allow closer, more competitive games for each tournament.
All teams would register for the one CS:GO tournament. We would run it as a group stage tournament. For example, if we had 16 teams, we could run 4 groups of 4. Each group could run as a round robin, meaning each group would have 3 matches (roughly taking 3 hours). In this example, the top 2 from each group would qualify for the finals and play for the main prizes. For the teams that don't make the top 2, they would be eligible to play in the "Second Shot" tournament. The prizes for this tournament would be similar to past Novice tournaments.
Whilst we understand no format is perfect, we're willing to give it a go and hopefully improve the CS:GO tournament for everyone involved.
Based on the number of teams, we will run the following structure. In each case, the top 2 teams will qualify to the final stages. The remaining teams will have the chance to play in the second shot comp.
We're holding a public Q&A section on Wednesday, September 12 at 8PM to answer any questions you may have. It will be held on the LAN-slide discord server (https://discord.lanslide.com.au).