Road to the Alpha World Championship: Wildcard Weekend

After last weekend’s Halloween break, we’re now gearing up for the grand conclusion of our big pre-release tourney: the Prismata Alpha World Championship. This weekend is Wildcard Weekend—on Saturday, a selection of the top players from the Grand Prix will be competing for the final two spots in the grand finals, which will take place later this month.

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A variety of fun events are planned. Here’s the schedule for the weekend:

  • Friday, 6pm ET – 12am EST: Legends Mode will be enabled on the Prismata alpha server!
  • Saturday, 1pm EST: The PAWC Wildcard Tourney will take place, broadcast live on, with casting by the PAWC finalists and Lunarch Studios co-founder Elyot Grant.
  • Sunday, 6pm* EST: The PAWC Blitz Bonus Event 
*The blitz event may start later than 6pm if the Master’s League is still running (the Master’s League is a fantastic community league that you should all check out if you’re interested in crazy high-level Prismata. If necessary, we’ll be delaying the PAWC Blitz Event until the Master’s League broadcast ends.)

Legends Mode

We’re going to be running a special test event this Friday on the alpha server. For a few hours, a unique queue will be opened up to allow players to try LEGENDS MODE—an all-new Prismata format. In Legends Mode, two changes will be made to the rules of Prismata:
  • Only 1-supply units will be generated as random units in the second Prismata tab.
  • They will each have 20 supply.
Sound a little crazy? It is. Here’s an example of some of the shenanigans that can happen:
For us, the Legends Mode test will be a step toward the development of a new feature called Prismata events—regularly occurring time-limited special modes and challenges. We’ll be experimenting with alternate rules and trying out various types of brawls, warzone tourneys, and other fun things. The long-term plan is to have a schedule of different events, an event history, and leaderboards/prizes as well, but we’re starting small for now.
Some of the alternate Prismata rulesets will also be tested for the Casual Match mode as we look to provide more beginner-friendly rulesets for new players, various bot personalities to play against, and unranked 1v1 play. You’ll see more of that in the coming weeks.

The PAWC Wildcard Tourney

After six Grand Prix rounds, we’ve arrived at the following rankings:

*a ten point bonus was provided to the winner’s bracket finalist in each Grand Prix round.

Players ranked 1 through 6 have already secured their spot in the 8-person PAWC Finals, which will be happening on November 14 and 15. However, two more players from ranks 7 through 12 will be selected to join them, and they will be determined by a special double elimination playoff this saturday—the PAWC Wildcard Tourney.
Event: PAWC Wildcard Weekend Tourney
Date: Saturday, November 7th
Time: 1:00pm EST
Players: Relevation, Timex, dirtymagic, ExNihilo, weiseguy, Andreas21
Players Relevation and Timex, ranked 7th and 8th after the Grand Prix rounds, will be granted a 1-round bye in the PAWC Wildcard Tourney.
The broadcast schedule will be as follows:
  • Live Bracket Drawing
  • Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinal #1 + #2
  • Winner’s Bracket Semifinal #1 + #2
  • Winner’s Bracket Final (winner will be the 7th seed in the PAWC finals) + Consolation Bracket Quarterfinal #1 + #2
  • Consolation Bracket Semifinal
  • Consolation Bracket Final (winner will be the 8th seed in the PAWC finals)
Each match will be a best-of-5 with a 45s time limit used for all games. Drawn games will be replayed. In each best-of-5 series:
  • The first two games will be base+8
  • The third and fourth games will be base+9
  • The fifth game will be base+10

The PAWC Blitz Bonus Event

We’re also going to run a Blitz Tourney this Sunday. The tourney is open to all players who have earned at least 5 Grand Prix points in any of the six PAWC Grand Prix events. This tourney is just for fun, but the winner will receive a one-of-a-kind in-game badge.
Event: PAWC Blitz Event
Date: Sunday, November 8th
Time: 6:00pm EST, with a possible delay-of-start depending on when the Master’s League broadcast ends.
Sign up:
The blitz event will consist of several round-robin pods leading to an 8-player single elimination bracket. Full rules for the blitz event are described here.

See you this weekend!

The PAWC Grand Prix has been an extremely valuable experience for us as we work to build Prismata into an eSport-friendly game. We’ve been very pleased with all the feedback we’ve received, and we hope you’re all looking forward to this weekend’s events!


About Alex Wice

Alex Wice looks for awesome experiences. Never satisfied, his audaciousness has taken him through math olympiads, high stakes poker, and dozens of countries. As a founder of Lunarch Studios, Alex has an enthusiasm for crafting beautiful user experiences through great design, for understanding the motivations of players playing games, and for appreciating what works and doesn't work in the plethora of games he has played.