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Fountain of Manner League Season 7

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Fountain of Manner League is a Warcraft 3 solo league based out of the Americas (but open to all players around the globe) for all skill levels with an emphasis on creating as fair as possible matchups for everyone. This will be done through splitting players into groups and divisions to compete in based on their matchmaking rating on W3Champions. After 4 weeks of matchups (usually a total of 7 BO3s), playoffs will occur for each division, with each being eligible to earn a portion of the prize pool. We’ve had 6 successful seasons so far, and you can sign up and be a part of the 7th season right here.

Read the full rules here!

Join the Discord here.  (You must be in the Discord to play, as this is where scheduling is done.)


Signups are open through Jan 12.


When

Signups are open through Jan, 12 (no more signups after Jan 12, 2:59AM EDT).  Once signups are closed, there will be a live draft to assign players to a group and/or division based on their MMR and assumed skill level. Season 6 is expected to run approximately 6 weeks (4 week season and 2 week playoffs) from Jan 15 to Feb 25.


Prize Pool

  • Minimum: ~$400 (carried over from S6) spread across the league (all groups win prizes). More to be raised through crowdfunding. 
  • If the donations exceed $500, we will carry 50% of the amount over $500 to support the prize pool for season 7. For example, if we raise $800, then $650 would go towards season 7 and $150 would be carried over to support season 8. 
  • Prize distribution will be based on the amount of groups the league has. The higher level groups will have more distribution as compared to the lower level groups. At the moment, the only guarantee we can make is Group A will have a minimum of 30% of the prize pool and Group B will have a minimum of 10% of the prize pool for their winnings.

While we hope players enjoy that there is a prize available to all groups, we first and foremost want players to enjoy the league for what it is. Exact prize numbers will change based on number of signups and groups, as well as donations, but the approximate percentages should be staying roughly the same in terms of percentage going to top groups.


Format

Depending on the amount of participants, the league will be divided into groups of 7. These groups will be grouped by player skill judged by a player's MMR. At the end of the season, the top half of the group (top 4 in the case of groups of 7) will advance to the playoffs to play out a single elimination bracket-style playoffs. With this in mind, players are expected to play seven Best of 3s over the course of 4 weeks.


How to join 

Register to the Challonge here and join the FoM Discord here. Joining both is a requirement, as the groups will be run through Challonge, and contacting opponents as well as scheduling will be done through Discord.


Who is eligible to play?

There are no minimum or maximum MMR restrictions.  Players will be sorted into a group within a division of players of similar skill level as balanced as is possible.  Players must have at least 20 solo games on W3Champions in either the current or previous season in order to be eligible.  This is to have a more accurate gauge of each player's skill level, so that divisions can be seeded in a fair manner for all players.  If this requirement is not met, players can reach out to an admin and see if they may still be eligible to join. Players will be grouped on their main race MMR regardless if this eligibility is achieved for an offrace. All regions are eligible to join.


League Schedule 

TENTATIVE TO CHANGE

Signups: Jan 3 to Jan 12

Live group draft: Jan 13

Groups sorted and created in Discord: Jan 13-14

Week 1: Jan 15 - 21

Week 2: Jan 22 - 28

Week 3: Jan 29 - Feb 5

Week 4: Feb 6 - Feb 12

Playoffs: Feb 13 - 25


Scoring

All matches are best of 3 maps series.  The playoff finals will be best of 5 maps series for the top 2 divisions, but still best of 3 maps series for the lower divisions unless a best of 5 is agreed upon. 

  • Every map win awards 1 point
  • No extra points for winning 2-0
  • A forfeit of 1 or more maps has a penalty of -1 point.*
  • End of season rankings are based on points, not on your win-loss record

Forfeits will be granted to players who have not made an attempt to schedule their games by the Saturday of the play week.


Scheduling

Matches will be scheduled by the players themselves each week.  Admins may reach out to certain players at the start of each play week to set a matchup to be broadcast on one of the main stream channels. Matches are to be played and reported during the play week before Monday 2:59am EDT / Sunday 11:59pm PDT.  Matches should be scheduled each week as soon as possible to avoid situations where forfeits need be given out.  Some matches can be postponed to the next play week if agreed upon by both sides, but must be finished as soon as possible. If this is the case, please let an admin know or we will forfeit the match(es). Matches may also be played a week early if agreed upon by both sides, for situations such as some circumstance preventing that match being played during its scheduled play week. All group stage matches must be finished by Feb 11 regardless.  The playoffs will then run from Feb 12 to Feb 25 covering all rounds of the playoffs.


Match Process + Map Pool

All matches are best of 3 games. The top player on the match list on Challonge is player A.


Maps are vetoed in the following order by players: A B A B B A

3 Maps now remain. Player A selects 1 remaining map as their map choice should they lose a game. Player B selects 1 remaining map as their map choice should they lose a game. The final map remaining is played first.


Map pool: 

Autumn Leaves 

Concealed Hill 

Hammerfall

Last Refuge 

Northern Isles 

Ruins of Azshara

Shallow Grave 

Spring Time 

Tidehunters 


AL - CH - HF - LR - NIS - ROA - SG-  ST - TH


For copy-paste purposes for map pool and vetoes: 

AL CH HF LR NIS ROA SG ST TH

A B A B B A


Race Selection

Race must be selected before vetoing.  You are required to play that race for the full series.  Random is a race option.


Hosting

All games are to be played on the W3Champions Flo servers through the Warcraft III Battle.net client.  Netease and Battle.net servers can be used if agreed upon by both players. All games should use fair hosting conditions regardless of location. 



Additional rules about reporting results, forfeits, disconnect ruling and more can be found here.

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