"We E-sports now bois."
At long last, the very first OFFICIAL, competitive PvP tournament has been announced, and we've got some of the more imporant details from today's E3 Live Letter. It's all pretty straightforward, so we'll get right down to the facts and give our opinions on each piece.
Of course, the Regional Championships will be held at their respect Fan Fests, one for NA, EU, and JP.
While we now have confirmation that the preliminaries will begin in July, we still do not quite know what the preliminaries will entail, or if ALL regions will be competing in July, or just NA (Primal and Aether).
Another exciting confirmation is that ALL members from the top teams are eligible for rewards, so you don't have to worry about excluding the 5th and 6th members of your PvP team.
The important takeaway from this slide is the mention of the prize...
Or lack there of. While the invitation, lodging, and travel expense coverage is a very motivating reward in and of itself, it would be really nice to know what the championship prize will be for the winning team!
For the 2016 Feast Championship, the rewards were:
- A Feast poster, signed by Yoshi P
- A Feast Champion T-shirt, signed by Yoshi P
- A Feast Championship Plaque
- The in-game rewards was a gaelicap (cute and awesome, but not quite PvP related)
What would we like to see? Personally, I think having a trophy prize both physically and in game would be very cool, and would more than make up for the loss of the Light Party trophy reward that we had back in Seasons 1,2,3 and 4.
We got further information that the preliminaries will take place from early July to mid-August, and that the TOP THREE teams from BOTH Aether and Primal will progress to the semifinals.
Let's disect this information and pull some educated assumptions.
1) Since only Aether and Primal are mentioned, it's probably safe to assume that EU and JP will not be partaking in the same preliminary period as NA. 2) The preliminary period is about the length of the new PvP seasons (5-6 weeks). (Also, we can assume that Season 8 will end around early July or late June.)
The Semifinals will be a round-robin style tournament between THREE TEAMS. It is infered with this statement on the slide that Aether and Primal will be SEPERATE competitions, with two teams from each datacenter being allowed to advance to the finals for their respective datacenter at the NA fan festival.
Will the champions of Aether and Primal get to face off at fan fest? Let's hope so!
This final slide gives us minimal information, but we do have much more information to look forward to! With the Regional Championship site coming in early July, likely alongside the opening of the NA preliminaries, we will hopefully have many of our questions answered regarding elgibility, procedures, and prizes. While Square Enix has stated in the fine print that these things are subject to change, have your fingers crossed that they are figured out soon!
Overall, this was a very exciting announcement for us, as official tournaments have been asked for and talked about since the inception of The Feast (technically, even before that). Many that played and remember The Feast Light Party mode are skeptical of how this will all play out, but with so much on the line, and some new additions to their team, we can be hopeful that the necessary precautions will be taken by Square Enix to ensure the integrity of the competition!
If you don't already have a team, but are looking to give it a try, head on over to one of the two discords listed on the toolbar (Wolf Pup's Den for beginners, Quick Chat for veterans) and head over to the lfg-teamregistration or light-party-lfg channels respectively. Best of luck to all the teams that choose to compete!