INTRODUCTION

LIFE4’s goal is to help players of all skill levels improve through guided challenges and a supportive community.  To that effect, we are hosting a remote team tournament to encourage the community to compete, improve, and work together!

With the help of our player interest survey, we’ve designed a format towards these goals:

  • Incentivize working together and improving as a team
  • Bring players together across a wide variety of skill levels who may not know each other
  • Give everyone a chance to contribute to their team

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Register and submit your qualifiers below!
  2. Get placed on a team with players of all ranks
  3. Vote as a team the songs for the tournament via a team card draw
  4. Compete against players of similar skills on other teams on five songs
  5. Submit scores as many times as you want over four weeks
  6. Earn points for your team based on beating opposing teams, getting full combos, getting a new personal best, and submitting scores early
  7. The team with the highest combined score wins!

SCHEDULE

  • Registration & Qualifiers
    • Open: Nov 19
    • Close: Nov 29 @ 1:00pm PT
  • Teams Announced
    • Dec 7
  • Team Card Draw voting
    • Open: Dec 7, immediately after team announcement
    • Close: Dec 10 @ 1:00pm PT
  • Tournament Play
    • Open: Dec 10, immediately after voting tally is announced
    • Early Submission Deadline: Dec 23 @ 1:00pm PT
    • Close: Jan 10 @ 1:00pm PT

REGISTRATION

Eligibility Requirements

In order to compete, players must be registered to LIFE4 with a rank or placement rank and be a member of the LIFE4 Discord before the end of the registration period.  All songs must be played on official DDR A20 or DDR A20+ hardware using a personal eAmusement pass. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a note of exemption from a licensed medical professional will be required of all participants.

Registering with Friends

Want to play with friends?  You can list up to two friends to form a “package” on your registration form.  If they also package you, we will do our best to place you on the same team. No more than 1 Onyx or Emerald player, 1 Amethyst player, or two Cobalt players per package.  No promises – fair teams are the most important to us!

Team Captains

Each team will have a team captain, who will be in charge of some light coordination.  We will be hand-picking captains from the Amethyst+ registrant pool, but players have the option to opt-out of being a captain on the registration form.


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DIVISIONS

All players will be placed in one of three divisions based on their qualifier & LIFE4 Rank.  Players will compete against other players in their division on similar difficulties. From there, we will balance a number of teams based on the composition and size of the participant pool.  Each team will be composed of players from all skill levels.

LIFE4 staff may manually adjust individual players’ division placement to ensure a fun and fair experience for everyone.

Division LIFE4 Ranks Difficulties
Lower Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold 10 – 14
Mid Platinum, Diamond 12 – 16
Upper Cobalt, Amethyst, Emerald, Onyx
14 – 18



QUALIFIERS

Process

Qualifiers will be ranked by cumulative EX score.  Players must submit screenshots or results screen photos of scores on these songs earned during the qualifying period.  They do not need to be played in a single set, and can be submitted as many times as desired. Qualifier scores will remain hidden until the end of the qualifying period.  Final qualifier scores will be shown after teams are created.

If a player already has an MFC on a qualifier song, they do not need to play the song and can submit a picture of an older MFC instead.

QUALIFIER SONGS

The three qualifier songs are below. A 10, a 13, and a 16 are available.

Copper, Bronze, and Silver players will qualify on the 10 and 13 only.
Gold, Platinum, and Diamond players will qualify on all three songs.
Cobalt, Amethyst, Emerald, and Onyx players will qualify on the 13 and the 16 only.


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Team Card Draw

For each difficulty from 10 to 18, three charts will be drawn using the card draw appSongs not required for LIFE4 are not eligible to be selected, including songs from limited-time events, Extra Exclusive, and gold cab exclusives.

Each team will then vote to protect one of the three charts (+2 points) and veto one of the three songs (-1 point).  The song with the highest point total will be played in the tournament. Teams do not need to use both protect and veto if they do not want, but must use at least one.

Competition

Process

After the card draw, you will have the five songs you’ll need to play!  Submit scores as many times as you like for any of the songs until the deadline.  You’ll be ranked against other players in your division by EX score on each song in the set, and the leaderboard will be constantly updated as more submissions are received.

Team Points

Teams will receive points for their players’ accomplishments during the tournament period.

Uneven Team Sizes

It is very likely that teams will not have equal numbers of players in each division.  If that is the case, teams with more players in a certain division will have the two lowest-scoring players’ scores averaged together instead of individually added.

Submission Form

The score form will be shared once the tournament is open.  The form accepts one score at a time.

Scoring

You earn your team points for each of the five songs you play from a variety of factors, listed below.  Each player’s point totals will be added together to form a total team point total.

Leaderboard Rank

Individual song scores are ranked by EX score.  You earn 0 – 10 points based on your ranking by percentile.  For example, if there are 100 players in your division and your song score ranks 10th, you receive 9 points for that song.  If you improve to 9th place, you’ll improve to 9.1 points. Rank points are rounded to the nearest tenth. You receive points for each song individually.

Bonus Points

Players receive points for the best combo lamp and grade they submit on a song during the tournament.  These points are earned separately and can only be improved.  For example, if you submit a AA+ with a Great Full Combo, then submit a AAA with no full combo, you get credit for the GFC and the AAA.  Keep at it!

Combo Points Grade Points
Marvelous Full Combo 7 AAA 3
Perfect Full Combo 5 AA+ 2
Great Full Combo 3 AA 1
Good Full Combo 2
LIFE4 Clear 1


New Personal Best

If any of your submissions beat your previous best machine score, you earn 3 bonus points!  This must be verified by “New Record” showing on the results screen.

Early Submission

You can earn 1 bonus point if you submit a score for a song before December 23rd.  You can earn this once per song, for a total of 5 bonus points!

Social

Join the LIFE4 Discord to chat with your team, share your scores, and join the discussion!  Each team will have their own channel. Tournament updates will primarily happen through Discord, but you can also follow us on Twitter for big announcements.  Share your scores on Twitter using #LIFE4RR.

CODE OF CONDUCT

All players are expected to abide by the Rhythm Game Code of Conduct.

This is a fun tournament.  We are competing for joy, pride, and community.  That means:

DO:

  1. Be competitive and do your best to win!
  2. Be inclusive and supportive of all players and skill levels
  3. Share your excitement about your scores

DON’T:

  1. Put people down or make them feel unwelcome (this includes yourself!)
  2. Try to break the letter or the spirit of the rules
  3. Make the admins’ jobs harder than it needs to be

This is pretty common-sense stuff, and we have faith that the LIFE4 community won’t have any trouble with this. =)

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