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AsiaFortress Cup 13
It's time to get your rosters finalised and ramp up your scrims, because the thirteenth edition of the AsiaFortress Cup is finally upon us! Newcomers and veterans alike are welcome to battle it out to claim the coveted (?) title of AsiaFortress Champion — and while the format and procedures should be familiar to the experienced players, we've made some changes in response to your feedback, so be sure to read the whole post.
First and foremost, we're welcoming a new set of faces to the AsiaFortress team to match the new year. Head Administrator teejay has stepped down to take a less active role, and we'd like to thank him for his service and dedication to improving the league. In his place, we have fwishy officially stepping up. Gothmog and teejay, fwishy and LERL, Takuto and himari will be managing Divisions 1, 2 and 3 respectively for AFC13. If you have any questions, approach them!
Now, onto the changes! The map pool for AFC13 will see a slight change. Prolands will be replacing Badlands and Sunshine will be replacing Granary. We've made mercenary rules a bit more stringent — only players participating in a lower division may still be called in without the other team's consent (provided they are informed, of course), while all other players may be used as mercenaries if and only if both teams consent. We've also added pause rules to make it clear what is considered reasonable. Specifically, each team is entitled to a single five minutes pause for technical reasons per map, and while your opponent may allow more as a courtesy, they are certainly not obliged to.
Playoff procedures have also been changed. Bans and picks will be done from the whole mappool, with the home team banning one map followed by the away team banning one map. The away team will then pick the first map, followed by the home team picking the second and third map. In the event of a best-of-five series, the away team will decide the remaining map order. Furthermore, the Division 2 Grand Finals have been reverted to a best-of-three series, so the only playoff match which will be best-of-five is the Division 1 Grand Finals.
We're also happy to announce that AsiaFortress is now officially collaborating with PURE Servers, and as such, PURE Scrim Servers will be treated as official AsiaFortress servers for the purposes of AFC13 (i.e. servers may be booked for matches in the thread, and in the event that no alternative server can be agreed upon by both teams, Division Managers may declare that a match is to be played on a PURE Server).
As always, if you're not entirely clear about the changes, or if this is your first time playing in the AsiaFortress Cup, the full rules can be found in this thread. Once you're all clear, head on over to the sign-up thread and register your team! Sign-ups close 31st December 2017 and the cup starts 8th January 2017, so don't miss it!