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[Tournament] Codex Asynchronous Winter Swiss 2018 (CAWS18)

The Codex Asynchronous Winter Swiss tournament for 2018 is now taking signups!

In a return to form, any deck will be accepted for this tournament.

This will be a swiss tournament, one match per week, with a grace period if your match doesn’t finish on time. First match will be paired on the first day of Winter: Friday, December 21.

Nit picky details of how pairings will work

Each round, pairings will be assigned as follows:

  1. If a match between two players who each have two losses is not completed when the next round is paired, a proxy of “the winner of x vs y” will be paired for the next round in lieu of either participant.

  2. When the delayed match completes, the proxy will be replaced by the actual winner. This proxy is considered to have the combined opponent and bye history of both players, for purposes of making pairings.

  3. Deliberately delaying a match in an attempt to affect your pairing for the next round is considered Cheating, and is punishable by being disqualified from the tournament. Yes, this is technically “not enforceable” but it’s still illegal. Don’t do it.

If the number of players is odd, a bye (which counts as a win) will be assigned to the player who:

  1. Has had the fewest byes in the tournament (normally zero)

  2. Has played against all other players, or so many of the other players that a bye is needed to avoid a re-match elsewhere in the tournament (probably won’t happen)

  3. Has the most losses

  4. Has played against the fewest remaining players (this helps minimize re-matches, while also keeping more players in the tournament longer)

  5. Was picked randomly from among players tied for criteria #4

Each player will be paired with another player who

  1. They have been paired against the fewest times (normally zero)

  2. Has the same number of losses

  3. An unfinished match is not counted as a loss for players with fewer than two losses

Is randomly selected

I reserve the option to hand-craft pairings and/or the bye if necessary to minimize the number of re-matches. This manual manipulation will not result in someone getting a second bye unless all players have had a bye.

General Rules / How Things Work:

  • The player who goes first in each round will be pre-determined

  • If one player has gone first fewer times in the tournament (not counting BYEs), that player goes first, otherwise, the first player is decided randomly.

  • The first player is responsible for creating the game thread.

  • Tag @zhavier when a winner has been determined.

  • CAS tournaments use a “three strikes” rule - any player who has three losses will be automatically dropped from the tournament. Players may also drop at any time.

  • There is no “cut” - the last player standing wins the event. Thanks to the “three strikes” rule, the field should narrow towards the end, and culminate in an exciting final few matches.

  • Matches are 1 game.

  • The default will be to play all matches as play-by-post within the forum, but a match may be played in an alternate format (in person, on an alternate platform, via snail-mail, whatever) by mutual agreement, until the field is reduced to four or fewer players.

  • Each player will select one deck (three specs plus applicable starter) to be run for the entire tournament

  • I am accepting volunteers to help Judge the event. You could be an authorized judge! @Nekoatl and @FrozenStorm have been authorized.

  • If any rulings are necessary, any single Judge who is not participating in that match may make a ruling.

  • Rulings are subject to appeal only if the judge making the ruling is wrong about the facts of the game (eg, forgetting that a Building Inspector is in play, or the Shrine of Forbidden Lore only makes Demons unstoppable by units) or the rules/FAQ as noted at and/or the Rulings thread.

  • Please note this suggested format, and include hand, tech and worker decisions either in a spoiler, or in a linked source that I can get to. For games involving me, you can send a private link to a different judge

Matches posted every Friday. Matches that are not progressing may be given an adjudicated result.

Details of unfinished match adjudication
  1. Matches where Player 1 has posted their 5th turn by Wednesday will not be adjudicated until the following Monday

  2. Matches where Player 1 has posted their 10th turn on that Monday (11 days after pairings) will not be adjudicated until Thursday.

  3. Matches subject to adjudication may have a Win declared for the player who is, in the judgement of the Judges,

a. “going to win” (having clear hand/tech spoilers is helpful for determining this)

b. Less responsible for the delay of game, OR

c. For no-one, if prior arrangements were made, or the match result isn’t critical for making the next round of pairings, or if a “catch up” week is coming up.

Nit-picky details about correcting game errors

In the event of a game error, one of three fixes will be implemented:

  1. If a unit, hero, or building took the wrong amount of damage, and changing it to the correct amount does not cause anything to leave play or not leave play, then the damage will be corrected.

a. If not enough gold was spent, and the excess was floated, the gold total will be corrected. If too much gold was spent, the excess will be refunded. The possibility of theft (red starter, Anarchy, or Law) does not impact this, as both players are responsible for maintaining the game state.

b. An actually executed theft (or failure to steal after taking the appropriate action) forecloses this remedy.

  1. The game will be backed up to the turn of the error. In this case, having the decisions / game state noted is important for re-constructing things. Any random events that are undone (eg, drawing cards) must be re-randomized, regardless of the size or type of error. Normally the entire turn containing the error will be backed up and re-done, but if knowledge has been gained, or cards drawn, and the error occurred after the new information was gained, the Judge must only back up to the point where new information was revealed.

  2. If neither of the above apply, or if I feel a backup cannot be performed, the game will be left as-is. (For example, an error occurs on Turn 2, and it is now Turn 4, both players have made decisions, reshuffled, etc. based on the incorrect game state).

  3. Regardless of remedy, players should feel free to use any information disclosed by their opponent’s error in making gameplay choices. For example, an opponent’s tech choice revealed via a card illegally played and then returned to hand.

  4. In the case of repeated errors, or errors where the gamestate cannot be recovered, a game loss may be given if the error was substantial.

I will endeavor to post new pairings every Friday, but the “tournament week” is considered to be from one pairings post to the next.

Late signups will be accepted without penalty until the second set of pairings are made. Signups after that may occur, but will be given one loss for each full tournament week that has elapsed.

You may change your submitted deck up through December 21.

Codex choices may be submitted by Private message.

List of players:

  1. zhavier [Finesse]/Anarchy/Blood
  2. FrozenStorm [Anarchy]/Necro/Growth
  3. charnel_mouse [Balance]/Blood/Strength
  4. EricF [Discipline]/Strength/Finesse
  5. Bob199 MonoPurple
  6. Dreamfire [Strength]/Blood/Future
  7. tie MonoPurple
  8. codexnewb [Necro]/Anarchy/Growth
  9. Nekoatl [Discipline]/Past/Law
  10. witspur [Disease]/Blood/Anarchy
  11. thehug0naut [Feral]/Present/Blood

I’m gonna mix it up from Nightmare, not sure what exactly but leaning towards [Anarchy]/Necro/Growth

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Maybe get rid of this, I did a double-take.

Anyway, sign me up! Not sure about codex yet, putting [Balance]/Blood/Strength down as a placeholder.


In. see PM for deck


If me not being around for the first week of February isn’t a problem, then in

Deck: Mono Purple

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@Metalize get amongst it

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I’ll be traveling without consistent internet access for the first two weeks of this, so I guess I’ll sit this one out, but I’ll be following along.

I’m kind of expecting to see Finesse, Past and Strength rise in popularity in reaction to the Lich’s Bargain meta we had in XCAFS.

@dreamfire I kind of suspect the first two weeks of the tourney (holiday weeks) will be slow for all, jump on in!

Psyched to see @Bob199 and @EricF back in the mix! This is going to be a tight tourney!


Well, if it won’t disrupt the schedule too much, I’ll probably play [Necro]/Discipline/Anarchy. Or maybe [Strength]/Blood/Future, haven’t decided yet.


I’ll play - don’t expect to be very competitive, being a newer player, but I’ll learn as I go. Not sure what I’ll run yet, will decide before 21st


ill hop in, not sure what ill play yet. will post before the 21st.


Clocks ticking :slight_smile:


There is still time to signup :slight_smile:

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Yeah I do want to, I’m just hesitant because there will be a period of time for over a week halfway through January where I won’t be able to play, because I’ll be out of state. So I’m trying to decide if I want to inconvenience the whole tournament with that.

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With the winter holidays, everything will probably be a bit mushy anyways.

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Count me in. I’ll go with [Discipline]/Past/Law this time, and I’ll offer to try being a judge if you’d like.


For @Bomber678 and anyone else on the fence b/c of schedule conflicts: I personally prefer a larger tourney field to ultra-prompt / swiftly finishing games. Others can chime in if they feel differently, but I’d much rather see people sign up and have a round take 2 weeks occasionally than only have 6 people in the tournament :wink:


Or when possible, pair up people that need the same time off, so that everyone else isn’t hindered

Due to a lack of Monocolor.dec , I’ll play Mono Purp


Last in, first out. That’s my mantra.

I’ll post my codex before the 21st.


Thanks for tagging me @zhavier, had missed the tourney launch the first time around. Definitely in.

I’ll go with [Feral]/Present/Blood. Green starter represent! #probablygoingtodierealbad