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Mini-Update of the Day: March 26th 2014

It's time for a mini-update once again! As you can probably guess, it's going to just be about the Factions tournament this weekend, as that's taking priority over everything else! Most of the details you'll need to know have already been clarified in THIS POST, so we highly recommend you go check that out first before asking us any other questions. All that's really left to do now is set up the bracket system on Challonge, which we are planning to do later tonight. Look out for another big post here on the website some time tomorrow about the very final details! 

-Yoshi

Ok. Here we go. After A LOT of work tonight trying to figure out alternatives to the bracket system after Challonge.com wasn't able to handle the way we plan to run the tournament, we've got our solution! It may seem a little complicated, but here goes!

On Saturday, all 100 players listed in the last post will be put randomly into 4 groups of 25 players each. This is for the first round. Each match, we will randomly pick 1 player from each group to play. After 25 matches in the first round, we will have our 25 players advancing onto round 2. On Sunday, round 2 begins and those 25 people will then be placed into 1 of 5 groups, with each group consisting of 5 players. Again, we will randomly choose one person from each group to play a match, giving us a total of 5 matches in round 2. Once we have finished round 2, we will be left with our FINAL 5! The final 5 will then go into one final match together, and duke it out for 1st to 5th place. The first person to die will get 5th place, the second 4th and so on.

You won't end up knowing which groups you will be placed into for the first and second round, as it really won't affect your game experience at all and is simply a minor detail. Hopefully you understand and like the way we decided to run the tournament instead of our previous plan. While that wasn't possible, we believe that this'll work just as well if not even better!


-Yoshi
BltzTheHitMan what are the rules
We've been working hard on finalizing a bunch of the details for the Factions Tournament this weekend, and we've got some new updates to share with you!

Firstly, we've developed a new way in which the rounds will be held to make the tournament run faster and more smoothly. The first round will be a 4 player free-for-all, leaving 25 out of the starting 100 players through to the next round. The second will be a 5 player free-for-all, meaning that after 5 rounds, we will be left with our FINAL 5! Each of these players have already guaranteed a winning place, but they will then duke it out amongst each other to fight for 1st to 5th place. The first player to die will get 5th, the second will get 4th and so on. The first round will take place during Yoshi's regular Saturday Stream time spot (Saturday March 29th at 3:30pm US Central). Then, the second round, along with the final round will take place at the same time but on Sunday instead. Each and every round will also be going up in FULL on Yoshi's channel, making a full episode after the tournament has been completed.

As we said in the last post, the first 100 people to sign up using the form have been automatically accepted into the tournament. Those who signed up AFTERWARDS have been put on a random standby system, meaning that if one of the 100 accepted players is not online at the time of his match, we will use a random generator to choose another player who is currently on standby to take the original players place. Once a player has taken another players place, the original player is automatically disqualified from the tournament. You can find the full list of the first 100 players to sign up at the bottom of this post (and yes, I know it's very long. Trust me, it took long enough to sort)!

We've also had a lot of confusion about how kits are going to work within the tournament, especially with people thinking that they can take their items/rank kits from the regular Factions experience into the tournament. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. To make it fair to all players, you will be given a certain kit depending on the round you are in just before you start competing to ensure a fair and enjoyable for ALL players, despite having a rank on the server or not!

A tournament bracket calculator will also be used to keep track of the current status of all players in the tournament. We currently think we will be using Challonge.com, but more information about this will be coming later in the week as we work out the smaller, finer details. 

We hope you're as excited as we are about the tournament this Saturday and Sunday! If you're on the list below, make sure to be there as early as you can to make sure you don't lose your place to another player on standby. 

-Yoshi

List of players currently accepted into the tournament (doesn't include players on standby):
GoldAce154
GameKnight5000
darkbelow
Capsparkles246
Booshayy
nitro2798
Yabnat
MkNeptune
FieldPunisher13
thephantomsquid1
OpedGarrett
CesarCasteel
alanblitz1
alienhead24
vance101
onaconda
ethaanD
Kregumz
Flameite
Shazbox101
xxMasterPro
samcjp
Satchilious
Dimentio2002
spicybutts
JayJardine
BattleFlameX
ajklgpi
largefly107
blocker2500
Toxic_Coco_Pops
patrick_chen
fadi626
alexhamme
TheConcernedTaco
jimmysaxton
Zac083
kalebburrow8
Chuckles567
TrueK100
lilcraft04
SmythMan1
villahaz
Mekan1
hannah_big_mouth
acribolos
hazzer14
dupper10
SlyRatedBeast
GamerBW12
Uwerekillled
monkey88jr
dizzleh
SmellyPig873
jamiefarrell
alexhowe24
startledhedgehog
Pippi6
lacario456
StealthSpud
spyfall
usernamejsy
Bbnbarcelona
Ripper2434
gingerninja5
Maxtanki02
chazza249
ezrajezra
BlazingRed
IBesalty
Jaayk
Michaelreshiram
jackscobra
Pinksugars1
moogly49
BamBooBeast69
Gupta99999
Duckox
tjwags
Mistlatoes
lukemaster333
thefonamobile
liverkiller14
UltiArcher
BazingaBoy31
the_diamond_takr
bigbluekangaroo
MAYBETHEBENJA
bigmacrocks14
blazerseb
darklink8675309
pauldrew0815
CrepperMcGe
JanJavi
MegaErn123
CrepperMcGee
BltzTheHitMan
epicblocks6
creeperslayer984
KyloBF

Diamonds321 Wonder Who Will Win
PercyMC I werent on the list! Still a finalist ...
Eliteist12 I'm not in the tourny... ...
We're glad to announce that the first ever Island Factions Tournament will be happening NEXT SATURDAY (March 29th 2014)! Put on your armor and wield your sword, because the competition is sure to be fierce!

If you missed the last post about the tournament, make sure to CHECK IT OUT HERE as it highlights nearly all the information that you're going to need to know about how the tournament is going down. Make sure to go and follow/bookmark YOSHI'S TWITCH PAGE too as that is where the event will be livestreamed, so whether you made it into the tournament or not, you'll still be able to watch and enjoy with everyone else!

Now here's the exciting bit! We've finally figured out the prizes for those players who make it from 5th to 1st place! You can win some great items for use on the server in regular play, along with some great ranks worth up to $125! You can find the prize roll below:

- 1st Place - Chief Rank, 2 Factions Creeper Eggs, 64 Factions Gold Blocks, Factions God Armor & Sword, 16 Factions Gold Apples
2nd Place - Captain Rank, 1 Factions Creeper Egg, 64 Factions Gold Blocks, Factions God Sword & Armor, 8 Factions Gold Apples
3rd Place - Native Rank, 32 Factions Gold Blocks, Factions God Sword, 4 Factions Gold Apples
4th Place - Islander Rank, 32 Factions Gold Blocks, 4 Factions Gold Apples
5th Place - Islander Rank, Factions God Sword
(If the person who gets a placing already has that rank, they'll be given a free upgrade to the next rank in the ranking order, eg... Native to Captain)

I hope you guys are as excited for the tournament next weekend as we all are!

-Yoshi
PercyMC So if a Captain gets 5th, does that mean he gets an upgrade to Chief? Or does it need to be Islander, then you get an up ...
TheConcernedTaco What if all top 5 all have Chief? xD
NutterButter23 I have a question. Then wouldn't it not be fair if non-Donators vs Chief or Captains
It's time for some SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE!

This Saturday from 1am-7am (US EST) we'll be performing maintenance on most, if not all parts of The Island. We're transferring to a new setup to improve the connection experience for you all and we thought we'd let you know in advance just so if you attempt to login during this time, you'll already know why the servers are down! As always, there won't be any worry of you losing anything, it's purely just backend file transfer work this time around!

Thanks for understanding!

-Yoshi
SmythMan1 Thanks for letting us know!
GoldAce154 Great Thank you Yoshi/Hugh! ...
We implemented Scavenger Hunts in Factions a little over a month ago, and we've been really pleased with how you guys have embraced it as part of the online experience. however, I feel like it's time to improve the system and change things up a bit! Starting the Monday after next, each day will have a themed item output chests. This means for example, that one day you may only be able to find armor in the 6 daily chests, and another may be food/potion items. By doing this, we're stepping up the involvement of the whole Scavenger Hunt idea, so that you guys can have a better understanding of what to expect from the event each day, as well as most importantly adding some much needed variety to Scavenger Hunts instead of just giving the same 'Captain kit' items and armor away each day. 


Below you can find the current planned schedule for the daily Scavenger Hunts, although this may be subject to slight changes between now and the first day of Scavenger Hunts v2 next week.

Monday:
Armor

Tuesday:
Food, Potions and Other Buffs.

Wednesday:
Weapons

Thursday:
Random Mixture

Friday:
Armor

Saturday:
Weapons

Sunday:
Captain Kit giveaways

-Yoshi
GoldAce154 Can't wait Hugh ...
GoldAce154 Willy and Elite, please take a look at the server's twitter account, as it explains why you both are currently experienc ...
WillyCreeper29 Eliteist12, me too. My IGN is willyCreeper29
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