Alpha players, unite.
The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived — it’s tournament time. Show off your skills in a Lords of Light battle royale to crown our first official RTLOL champion.
Greetings, Raini fam!
After an eventful few months in the Rainiverse, we’re ready to take the next step in our march towards launch — via our first official Lords of Light Tournament.
It’s only fitting that our first RTLOL tournament be an Alpha player exclusive — these supporters have not only been active and loyal community members, but have provided crucial, ongoing feedback as we develop this game.
To our Alpha Testers: we can’t thank you enough, and we hope you enjoy this tourney just as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!
Let’s get into the details:
Let The Games Begin
Our inaugural Lords of Light tournament will proceed as follows:
- Swiss tournament format, 4 rounds
- Each round will be decided by best-of-three
- Each player will need to register two unique decks — 🌈 please read full deck-building restrictions here 🦄
- Each best-of-three round will end when one player has won two games total — one game with each deck
- Challonge.com will be used to manage the tournament draw and results — participants should sign up for a free account there and join both the Alpha Testers and main RTLOL communities
NOTE: If you’re not an Alpha Tester yet, and you haven’t already, join our Discord — this will allow you to message a mod for easy Alpha access!
Why a “Swiss Tournament?”
Simple — we want all participants to play as many games as possible. In a more traditional single-elimination format, half the field is disqualified after the first round; we’d rather give everyone an opportunity to compete for as long as possible.
What’s the tl;dr on deck restrictions?
While we still strongly recommend checking out the fine print, here’s a few key bullet points — decks may use:
- any cards available within the RTLOL Client
- any cards with the same name — however, they must be unique to a single deck, regardless of the quantity owned or used in said deck (e.g. if “Deck A” contains 2x Rainigon, “Deck B” cannot use any number of Rainigon cards)
Additionally, decks must follow all existing Deck-Building Restrictions in the RTLOL Client, which include:
- no more than 1 Mythic Minion per deck
- no more than 1 Mythic Spell per deck
- no more than 1 copy of any Legendary card per deck
- no more than 3 copies of any Rare card per deck
- decks must have exactly 40 cards
Okay, got it — so when does it start?
After taking a community poll, we landed on Friday, December 16th at 8:00pm GMT.
If you’re like us and hate working out time zone differences, click the start date/time above and The Power of Technology™ will display it in your local time.
And if you like countdowns, here’s one of those:
Alright alright — here’s the real one. Although, we still like 80’s hair metal.
Apologies to anyone who absolutely cannot make the tournament time work, but don’t fret — we are planning on hosting a lot more tournaments moving forward, and we’ll be holding them at a variety of different times, so everyone will get plenty of opportunities to compete!
Will I win stuff?
Depends - are you any good?
In all seriousness, you may. Or may not.
Guess you’ll have to wait and see — unless your name is George, in which case you’ll have won an all-expenses-paid dinner with Big Chad Raini at a restaurant of your choice.*
Also — as you’ve probably guessed by now, we are in fact going to award actual prizes:
- 1st place = Genesis Edition Premium Pack
- 2nd place = Genesis Edition Enhanced Pack
- 3rd place = Genesis Edition Core Pack
If that piqued your interest and you’d now like to participate, just head here to register.
Since we’ll need to close registrations an hour before the tournament commences, we’d encourage everyone to register as soon as possible!
We hope you all have a blast competing in the tournament, and we look forward to rewarding the winners.
Until next time!
*DISCLAIMER: Any reference above to persons named “George” being the recipient of an “all-expenses-paid dinner” should be considered null and void, as  basing this award on such a broad criteria would open up Raini Studios to an unreasonably large quantity of prize claims, and  “Big Chad Raini” is not actually a real person, so we’d likely settle for using all of Artkin’s frequent flyer miles to shuttle him around planet earth in a large unicorn suit. While this would be admittedly hilarious, it’s equally impractical. Also, this is what happens when you ask the writer — who has toddlers (plural) — to finish a Medium post at 6:47pm on a Sunday evening.