Changes For The Third Scrub Cup

  • Discord is now REQUIRED. Emails are optional and are only used for reminders if desired.
    • Discord has always been our main way of communication and it serves as a great hub to ask and answer questions as well as meeting your fellow participants, so it being mandatory doesn’t actually change anything for participants.
  • There is now a second level of confirmation to participate in the Scrub Cup.
    • In previous Scrub Cups, no-shows were a big problem, with some teams missing up to six players right after team creation. By having participants confirm their entry right before team assignment we’ve been able to hugely reduce the number of no-shows and the vast majority of teams was able to start practicing with a full six immediately.
    • This is in line with mandatory Discord presence - it allows team to get together immediately and hugely simplifies team creation and player substitution.
  • Participants in the Americas give time zone preferences and teams will be assigned accordingly.
    • Scheduling was a huge headache in the first two cups, including internally in teams. By splitting Americas into three time zones scrimming and practice should hopefully be easier.
    • Europe sadly does not have the player count to support multiple time zones while still getting balanced teams. Time zones are less of a problem though since the vast majority of players resides in GMT+0-2 time zones.
  • Group Stage matches will take place on pre-set days and pre-set times.
    • We tried to decompress the demanding schedule of the first Scrub Cup in the second edition by letting teams schedule group stage matches at their own convenience. Sadly, this did not work out well, so we are returning to set game times. There will be some leeway with additional time slots though.
  • Match Weekends will have time-sheets to sign up where teams will know beforehand who is the match attendant and if/who is casting the match.
    • A QoL change to make sure Scrub Cup staff is present to resolve minor disputes and to help casters and captains to arrange matches to cast.
  • Forfeits will be prohibited. If the match attendant during the final group stage weekend is able to provide proof of a no-show then the team that did appear it will be awarded the win.
    • We are simply clarifying the stance we’ve always taken on this. With the return to set match times, there should be no spontaneous no-shows.
  • All casters, coaches, and support staff will be briefed on the rules and other match procedures.
    • We will make sure that everybody involved is on the same page.
  • Player Verification will be tighter, with more weight put on previous season SRs.
    • Despite our best efforts, some smurfs did sneak in last time and we were only able to identify them after they had already played some group stage games. We have retooled our criteria for smurf detection and are randomly asking for VoDs to check players.
    • We know this can be a hassle, and we don’t want to exclude innocent players, but sadly the previous tournaments have shown that people will simply be assholes for no reason.
  • Coaches will be assigned again.
    • Coaches and teams choosing each other did not work out as well as we had hoped, so we are going back to pre-assigned coaches.
  • Any coach who is reported with evidence of not participating and helping their team will be removed immediately and will be unable to participate in the following Cup.
    • This should be fairly obvious - if you sign up to coach a team, you should reliably do so.
    • We have also clarified what is expected of coaches.
  • First time coaches will have a small seminar held by the other experienced coaches.
    • Continueing our efforts to improve the coaching, we will now sit down with first-time coaches and go through some of the important aspects of being a coach for a low-level team.

Thanks to everybody who provided valuable feedback at the end of the 2nd Scrub Cup, we continue to improve!