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  • TWDT Season 22 Rules

    (Shamelessly copied from last season, and several before that)


    RULES

    TWDT Head Op: WillBy

    Tentative Schedule

    Dates:

    November 15 -- Draft (2:00PM EDT)
    November 22 -- Games 1/2
    November 29 -- Games 3/4
    December 6 -- FA Draft (1:00 PM EDT)
    December 6 -- Game 5 (Rivalry Week)
    December 10 -- Trading Deadline
    December 13 -- Games 6/7
    December 20 -- Games 8/9
    December 27 -- BYE Week
    January 3 -- Quarterfinals
    January 10 -- Semifinals
    January 17 -- Finals


    Teams will compete against every other team ONCE in each league throughout the regular season.


    Regular Season Timeslots:

    TWDT-D -- 2:00PM EDT
    TWDT-D -- 2:30PM EDT
    TWDT-J -- 3:00PM EDT
    TWDT-J -- 3:30PM EDT
    TWDT-B -- 4:00PM EDT
    TWDT-B -- 4:30PM EDT

    Playoff Timeslots:

    TWDT-D -- 2:00PM EDT
    TWDT-J -- 3:30PM EDT
    TWDT-B -- 5:00PM EDT

    Lineups

    Restrictions

    TWDT-D: Not to exceed 41* total per lineup. Any lineup of 5 players added that is 41* or below is valid. Adding less than 5 players will result in a forfeit.
    TWDT-J: Not to exceed 41* total per lineup. Any lineup of 5 players added that is 41* or below is valid. Adding less than 5 players will result in a forfeit.
    TWDT-B: Not to exceed 68* total per lineup. Any lineup of 5 or more players added that is 68* or below is valid. Adding less than 5 players will result in a forfeit.

    These lineup restrictions apply at all times. You are not allowed, at any point of a live match, to exceed the maximum * total per lineup. This will apply to subs as well. If a player dies out in TWDT-D/J, his or her star value remains as part of your team's total. Captains should advise themselves and their assistants to have a calculator ready and to have valid substitutions mapped out before matches begin.

    If there is an honest mistake such as subbing two players in quick succession and going over the cap for a short moment before quickly fixing it, you must have reasonable evidence that the player who made the lineup invalid did not impact the game (i.e. shoot, repel, attach, burst), for as long as the lineup was invalid. This also includes players rated for a specific ship in basing. If an appeal is proposed about this error and the captain is unable to absolve himself with evidence, he will be forced to forfeit the game 50-0 or 15:00-0:00.

    Borrowing

    TWDT-D/TWDT-J:
    Only players already rated in the draft are eligible to be borrowed.
    Teams are permitted ONE 7* or below borrow per game if they're unable to field a valid lineup from their own roster. The player's star value in the specific league they are being borrowed for is what counts. A player may exceed 7* in another league but still qualify as a borrow.
    A borrowed player must be confirmed by a League Op before he's considered eligible to play. If a player is not confirmed eligible for borrowing, the team who added the ineligible player will forfeit the match 50-0. Captains and League Ops should always have ?log running to verify a borrow agreement in the case of potential appeals.
    Borrowed players are only eligible before the start of the game. Subbing in a borrowed player is not permitted and will result in a forfeit.

    TWDT-B:
    Only players already rated in the draft are eligible to be borrowed.
    Teams are permitted TWO 7* or below borrows per game if they're unable to field a valid lineup from their own roster. The player's star value in the specific league they are being borrowed for is what counts. A player may exceed 7* in another league but still qualify as a borrow.
    Borrowed players must be confirmed by a League Op before they're considered eligible to play. If a player has not been confirmed for borrowing and is added, the team borrowing the ineligible player(s) will forfeit the match 15-0. Captains and League Ops should always have ?log running to verify the agreement in case of potential appeals.
    Borrowed players are only eligible before the start of the game. Subbing in a borrowed player is not permitted and will result in a forfeit.
    Borrowing in the Playoffs:

    Borrows will not be permitted in the playoffs.


    Trades

    For the first few weeks of the tournament, trading will be open from Sunday at 6:00PM EDT until the next Friday at 3:00PM EDT. This allows 48 hours for league ops to approve or deny proposed trades before the matches begin the following Sunday.

    There will be no limit to trades this season.

    The final trading deadline will be December 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.

    Trading pick order in the main draft will be possible this season.

    Trading FA picks will be possible, but the value of the potential pick will be determined by the quality of player(s) who are expected to be available at the specific drafting position.

    Before being official, all trades must be proposed on the forums under the TWDT Fall 2020 Trades thread and must be approved by the TWDT League Op team.

    League Ops also have the right to veto any trades that are obviously one-sided or questionable due to malicious reasons (i.e. sabotaging their own team.)

    All trades must be approved/denied within 48 hours by the league op team with an explanation of their reasoning behind the decision.

    Bans

    Players are subjected to bans or other punishments, to be decided by league ops on a case-by-case, common sense basis. Some cases will absolutely not be tolerated or negotiated:
    Trading names without notifying league ops or logging on someone else's name during a match is an auto-ban from participating in TWDT for a minimum of (2) seasons.
    Playing under an alias that is immune to proper alias checking while not providing your real alias. The league team can only properly rate a player if they've been identified. Overpowered players who abuse this will forfeit their opportunity to participate with a season long ban.
    Threatening a captain prior to the draft of not showing or refusing to play for them after being picked will constitute an immediate warning. If the behavior continues, the player will be banned for a minimum of (2) seasons. Be an adult and ask for a trade. If that doesn't work, be a bigger adult and soldier through for the sake of the community and your future in TWDT.
    Appeals

    Every captain will have a maximum of three appeals per league throughout the regular season. Every playoff match will be eligible to be appealed.

    Appeals must be submitted within 24 hours of the incident on the TW forums. A detailed account of the situation and the argument for the appeal should be provided in the thread. Failure to submit an appeal within 24 hours will deem the appeal invalid and the results of the game in question will be considered final.

    The league op team will respond to appeals within 72 hours after the appeal was posted with a verdict and an explanation of their reasoning behind the decision.

    If an appeal is granted, the game will be replayed at an agreed time that works for both teams involved. If the opposing team is unwilling to reschedule their match at a reasonable date, they will forfeit the replay.

    Note: If something unforeseen happens that isn't accounted for in the rules or has no precedence, league ops are responsible for coming up with a common sense, rational, and fair ruling on the situation.

    Emergency Scenarios:

    In the unlikely event that something catastrophic or completely unforeseen happens that has the potential to ruin the season, the league operators will do their best to solve the issue with the best interest of the TWDT season as a whole in mind. TWDT captains will all be consulted and play a role in handling such a critical decision.

    Playoffs
    The top 6 teams with the most total wins throughout the regular season will qualify for the playoff bracket in all leagues.
    The top two teams in each division will have a bye to the Semi-finals. The quarter-finals will be seeded based on individual league, The #3 seeded team will choose their opponent and the remaining 2 teams will face each other in a best of 3.
    Once in semi-finals, the #1 seed will choose their opponent and the remaining 2 teams with face each other in a best of 3.


    The same applies for jav and base.
    For purposes of tiebreak for seeds #1/2 and for determining which teams make the playoffs, the overall head-to-head record will be taken into account across all three leagues between the tied teams. If the teams are tied (3-3), the team with the highest amount of kills in wb, jav, and base (base minutes will be converted into kills, with 15 minutes equal to 50 kills) among the tied teams will rank higher for bye purposes, or for entrance into the playoffs. If for some reason the tied teams are tied in overall kills in wb, jav, and base against each other (with minutes converted into kills), the tiebreak will then shift to highest amount of kills in wb, jav, and base (base minutes converted into kills) across ALL teams. If still tied, randomly selected (via twitch stream).
    For tiebreaks among seeds #3 through #6 in quarter-finals and for reseeding in semi-finals in each individual league (with win totals separated by league), it will first be head-to-head record between the tied teams for each specific league. If the teams are 1-1 against each other in a league, it will then go to highest amount of kills between the tied teams in that league. If the teams are both 1-1 against each other, and tied in overall kills in that league from their two head-to-head games, it will then go to total number of kills in that league against ALL teams. If still tied, randomly selected (via twitch stream).


    When converting base minutes into kills, with 15 minutes equal to 50 kills, any decimal .5 or above will be rounded up, and any decimal .499999 and below will be rounded down.
    Star Cap Limits remain in place for the playoffs
    Playoffs Format is is a Best of 3 in TWDT-D, TWDT-J, and TWDT-B. All warbird and javelin games are to 50, and all basing games are to 15 minutes.
    Playoff Schedule

    TWDT-D -- 2:00PM EDT
    TWDT-J -- 3:30PM EDT
    TWDT-B -- 5:00PM EDT

    Main Draft

    The draft will take place on November 15, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT. The draft will snake until the last player is selected.

    Round 1: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6 -> 7 -> 8 -> 9 -> 10
    Round 2: 10 -> 9 -> 8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2 -> 1
    Ad infinitum


    Free Agency Draft

    The FA draft will take place on December 20, 2020 at 1:00PM EDT, 1 hour before the Week 3 games begin. The picking order will be based on the current standings before the Week 3 matches. The lowest ranked team will have the first pick in free agency, and then so on and so forth. If there are any ties between teams, it will be randomized to determine who picks first. This will provide teams that are struggling to have a better chance at turning their season around, while also giving returning players an opportunity to play a good amount of the season.

    FA Players are immediately eligible to play all Week 3 games after being drafted.

    Schedule:

    12:00PM EDT: FA Draft Signups are locked. Players can no longer signup for TWDT.
    1:00PM EDT: FA Draft
    2:00PM EDT: Week 3 Games Start

    Players asking to sign up after 12:00PM EDT may be allowed entry to the FA Draft at the TWDT Head Op's discretion, but is under no obligation to do so.

    Signups

    Main Draft:

    Players must sign up by 2:50 PM EST on November 15 2020 to be eligible for selection in the main draft, as captains must have adequate time to consider all prospects and adjust their draft sheets.

    All signups after 2:50 PM EST on November 15, 2020 will be added to the FA draft pool.

    The FA deadline is 11:59PM EST on December 5, 2020.



    Message From The League Op Team

    Thanks for participating in one of the two premier leagues of Trench Wars, the Fall 2020 Season of TWDT!

    As a player, it's expected you conduct yourself like an adult throughout your time in the league. You're playing with a community full of other adults with jobs, social lives, families, and other commitments outside of trench wars. Acting childish and throwing temper tantrums, while not a bannable offense, will not go unnoticed by the community. Do not waste other people's valuable time with unnecessary bullshit. Learn to play with other people, it's really not that difficult.

    If you're interested in contributing to TWDT in any way, reach out to WillBy. If you enjoy creating content or want to help out with league work or staff duties, we would gladly use your services to help make this season as enjoyable as possible.

    We also appreciate the recent herculean effort by the community that brought this game back to life. It's because of that effort that we're able to run another season of TWDT.

    Welcome back, good luck and thanks for participating.

    -TWDT 2020 League Op Team
    Last edited by WillBy; 11-12-2020, 12:11 PM.
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