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Hearthstone Invitational

Hello everyone! We here at SKL wanted to take a brief moment to talk about the Hearthstone Invitational occurring February 24th at the Twisted Tartan.

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate the following people for their qualification of the Hearthstone Invitational: Alarid, VltCtrlDefeat, Inoshishi, Hitchens, MrJoeNorm, Woodstove, Serzeskimo and Edge. We would also like to congratulate Corvikk on his IQ win, but unfortunately he notified SKL last week he would not be able to attend the invitational. We hope to see him out next year! As for the 8 players participating, they have proven to be the best players in the province and we are looking forward to showcasing their talent within the NEW meta, due to the nerfs recently announced by Blizzard. We will be streaming the event live from the Twisted Tartan (2404 8th St E in Saskatoon), and we encourage anyone that would like to watch to come check it out and use their SKL Player Cards for discounted drinks while they enjoy watching some Hearthstone on the big screen! The event will start at 11 am and will continue until the grand finals occur (approximately 7 pm).

After the Invitational, SKL will be having another SKL Beer Night. This will be the first to be held at the Twisted Tartan. Come hang out with the casters, fellow players (whether you play League, Hearthstone, Smash or any other game), and friends! SKL will be selling tickets for the beer night, where you can enjoy some great beer specials, that will run from 8 to 10 pm.

We would like to address a concern that was raised from an outside source about Edge’s qualification for this tournament. While he is a part of the SKL team, his qualification comes from the five points he received for finishing 2nd at a tournament BEFORE he was an official part of the team. When he helped create the IQ circuit, the goal was for there to be enough point collectors that his slot would be phased out. Unfortunately, the November IQ did not occur due to lack of participants, which meant Edge still had enough points to qualify for this tournament. When the other player who received enough points to attempt to qualify for the Invitational was contacted to potentially take his place, he was unable to make the date work.

We at SKL believe in competitive integrity, and as such any and all prizes that Edge may receive for competing in this tournament will be distributed to the other participants. Also, decklists for this tournament will be submitted beforehand to a separate SKL Admin and distributed to all players at least a week before the tournament to ensure that Edge is not given any other information that other players do not receive. When the other players in the invitational were given this information, they agreed that this was more than fair and they also see no problem in Edge competing in the tournament. This also helps to ensure the full eight players are used for the bracket, rather than giving a random player in the tournament a bye due to only having seven people.

Registration for the Second Recreational League has Opened!

The first split of the SKL League of Legends Rec League officially concluded a couple weeks ago, with Anything Deemed Inappropriate coming out victorious over White or Wong. We would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to both teams. Now, onto the next split!

Registration for the next Rec League split will be opening on February 6th! With that being said, there are a few changes we are going to make for this upcoming split. First of all, and most prominently, we will be splitting the league into two divisions: Competitive and Relaxed. This decision was made in order to ensure that everyone can still join the Rec League, while also improving league parity.

Competitive Division

Competitive will be geared towards higher ranked players looking for a more competitive atmosphere, while still maintaining the relaxed tone of the Rec League. The Competitive division will feature playoffs and a grand final at the end of the regular season.  We will also place more of an emphasis on streaming these matches. However, unlike last Rec League split, games in this division will be scheduled by SKL Admins based on pre-provided availability of teams. This division will also feature a to be determined prize pool. Team registration fees for this division will be $10 per player.

Relaxed Division

Relaxed will be geared more towards players who are just looking to chill and have a good time playing games with friends. There will be no prize pool for this division, and they will not be guaranteed streamed games. However, they will be guaranteed fun. The scheduling of games for this division during the week is up to the two teams. If a scheduled time cannot be agreed between two teams for that week, a scheduled time will be chosen by the SKL Admin Team for early the following week. Team registration fees for this division will be $4 per player.

Free agents will be put into a general pool and available to sub for either division, to ensure maximum availability of subs. Free agent registration is $5.

For the most part, the rest of the protocols from last season will remain in place. Teams will be matched up with another team once per week to play a best of two series. After a scheduled game time has been agreed upon by two teams, or before the SKL-scheduled game time, a tournament code can be generated in Battlefy for the match. However, it is important to not generate the tournament code too far ahead of time, as the generated codes expire after twenty-four hours. Battlefy will track all of the stats for the matches, as well as reporting the outcome of the match, through proper use of the tournament code.

As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page or on our Discord channel. And remember, let’s keep it light, fun, and recreational out there. ?

Your closest friend,

Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

Smashfest Saskatoon

We here at SKL are so excited that Smashfest, in partnership with the Saskatoon Blades and IKS Media, is only nine days away. With it being so close, here is some information on what all will be taking place at the SaskTel Centre on January 27th, as well as what you can do to prepare for this awesome event.

First of all, and perhaps most excitingly, we are happy to announce that the prize pool has been increased from $1000 to $1500! This prize pool is sponsored by both the Saskatoon Blades and Tourism Saskatoon.

Not interested in playing in the main tournament? That’s okay! For those of you who were at the last Smashfest, we are re-opening the Legacy Gaming Room, this time sponsored by RegenStorm Arcade and Game On Amusements! For just $15, you can play in any and all the games we have offered in the concourse at SaskTel Centre for as long as you like. Included in your $15 purchase, you will also receive the all new SKL Player Card! These Player Cards get you discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan for the rest of 2018. We are in contact with other sponsors to add to the benefits these Player Cards offer, so make sure to sign up for the Legacy Room to be the first to get your hands on these exclusive discounts!

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcome to come watch the event, check out all the Legacy Gaming Room games, or just come hang out. There will be mini tournaments happening around the arena for the duration, including Doubles for Wii U (registration online at smash.gg/skl2) and Super Smash Bros. Melee (registration at the venue) so don’t miss it! There will be concession stands open at SaskTel Centre for food and beverages.

Registration for the main tournament is now live at smash.gg/skl2. You can pay online or at the door. Access to the Legacy Gaming Room is also included in your tournament entry fee! Of the initial 128 available main tournament slots, approximately 40 remain, so be sure to pre-register! Legacy Room bracelets will be exclusively sold at the door.

After Smashfest, SKL is hosting the first Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan (2404 8th St East in Saskatoon) starting at 9:00! This will be the first opportunity to use your SKL Player Cards to get discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan. It will also be a great chance to get to know some of the players and SKL casters!

Also, be sure to come out to the SaskTel Centre on Friday night, as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in their video game themed night! We will have SKL staff and some of the top Smash players in attendance to play some exhibition games. If you want to see if you have what it takes against some of the best smash players in Western Canada, come check it out.

If you need a place to stay in Saskatoon Friday or Saturday, the Comfort Suites (203 Bill Hunter Ave) is offering discounted rooms at $84 a night, for either two double beds or a single queen bed, until January 21st! So make sure to book your hotel room before that date!

Hope to see you all there!

-Dylan “Edge” Edgar and Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

January 27th, 2018

Approximate tournament timeline:

10:00 am: SaskTel Centre doors open.

10:59 am: Registration for SKL Smashfest closes

11 am: SKL Smashfest begins

2:30 pm: Approximate start time of top 24

4 pm: Approximate start time of top 8

7 pm: Crowning of SKL Smashfest champion

9 pm: SKL Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan

Prize Pool Breakdown:

1st Place: $600

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $180

4th Place: $120

5th / 6th Place: $90

7th / 8th Place: $60

ExtraLife 2017 Broadcast Schedule

Hello everyone!

Below you can find our broadcast schedule for ExtraLife 2017! We start on November 4th, 2017 @ 12PM Saskatchewan time.

Please note that Saskatchewan does not observe daylight saving times.

Time Game Donation Incentives
12:00PM – 3:00PM League of Legends Top two donations gets to queue with the SKL team. Donations allow you to pick champions. $20-50 gets a team in for a custom game against the SKL admins
3:00PM – 6:00PM Super Smash Bros. Donations allow you to pick characters. Amiibo betting!
6:00PM – 9:00PM Jackbox Games, Quiplash, and Cards Against Humanity $10 donation gets you in a game of Quiplash. $50 donation and the SKL admins will sing a song.
9:00PM – 1:00AM Dungeons and Dragons $5 donations lets you make the next decision
1:00AM – 2:00AM Filler
2:00AM – 5:00AM PUBG Highest donation allows you to queue with the SKL admins. Donations allow you to pick where the SKL admins land
5:00AM – 6:00AM Slenderman Donations raise the volume slightly.
6:00AM – 7:00AM Hearthstone Deck review, class selections, and play against us!
7:00AM – 9:00AM Super Mario Bros. (NES) $25 donation allows you to pick someone to attempt world 1-1 blindfolded
9:00AM – 10:00AM Keep Calm and No One Booms
10:00AM – 11:00AM Gang Beasts
11:00AM – 12:00PM Mario Party + Finale!

 

The Recreation Rundown

Registration for our inaugural League of Legends Rec League has finally closed! With that happening, there is some housekeeping we need to do, in order to ensure that everyone knows how this league will work, as the format will be different from our usual competitive splits.

Scheduled matches are available for viewing on the SKL website by clicking on “Tournament” under the “SKLeague” tab, or by going to the following link: https://battlefy.com/skl-esports/skl-esports-lol-rec-league/59d6644aec08220342928fa1/stage/59d664b4ec08220342928fa4/bracket/1. Teams will be scheduled to play one game per week, with the teams being responsible for the exact scheduling of their games with their opponent for each week. Scheduling between teams can be done through Discord or the LoL client. For ease of communication between teams on these platforms, team captains will be clearly labelled in Discord, as well as all team captains being added to the SKLe Club in the LoL client. If a scheduled time cannot be agreed between two teams for that week, a scheduled time will be chosen by the SKL Admin Team for early the following week.

After a scheduled game time has been agreed upon by two teams, a tournament code can be generated in Battlefy for their match. However, it is important to not generate the tournament code too far ahead of time, as the generated codes expire after twenty-four hours. Battlefy will track all of the stats for the matches, as well as reporting the outcome of the match, through proper use of the tournament code.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on our Discord channel! And remember, it’s a rec league, so try to have some fun out there. ?

 

Warm regards,

Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

SKL Hearthstone Invitational

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dylan “Edge” Edgar and I helped to run the last SKL Hearthstone tournament last season.

This last tournament series saw players play from May until July to compete to see who was the best in Saskatchewan. The tournament before that saw players play from November until February (even longer) and both tournaments saw people unable to commit every week for those months. Some dropped out for work reasons, or personal reasons. But many in the tournaments disliked how much time was required, along with a few other issues that arose from the tournament (complicated, streaming schedule, etc) I personally talked with many of the players to gauge what worked, what didn’t, what they would like to see added and what they would like to see removed. So we tried to find a solution.

We believe we found one.

Starting with our next tournament (September 24th! See Below!) we will be hosting tournaments held each month from now until December, with the winner of each of these being invited to the SKL Invitational held at the beginning of December. The tournaments will be of the following format:

  • Swiss Bracket, cutting to either top 8 or top 4 (based on attendance)
  • Winners receive invites, anyone finishing in top 8 or top 4 will receive points
  • Bring 4 decks, ban 1
  • Conquest OR Last Hero Standing (At least 1 of each)
  • FULLY ONLINE, played in 1 day (or 2 if we have enough people, but likely 1)
  • $5 buy-in

The tournaments will start in the morning, with last minute registrations due by a certain time designated on our website or on the Facebook page. There will be registration beforehand (which I strongly recommend) and the tournament/signup/match submissions will be held on Battlefy. We will be streaming the top matches on our twitch (twitch.tv/saskleague).

But wait, Edge. This invitational…only 4 players are going to play in it?

No. There will be 8!

Our first tournament winner, Jonathon “Alarid” Odne, has received the first invite to the invitational.

4 more winners will receive invites. This leaves 3 more spots. These spots will be filled by the players who collect the most points. (5 points for 2nd place, 3 points for 3rd-4th place, 1 point for 5-8th if the tournament cuts to top 8 instead of top 4).  Each tournament you play in, a certain amount of points will be added to your total (which will be displayed on our website sklesports.ca) and the top 3 players will receive invites to the invitational, with one exception.

Lets say Alarid plays in the next tournament and wins it again! This would mean that now he receives 2 invites to the tournament. But he only requires one. We will then transfer that invite slot to the 4th person on the leaderboards, to ensure all 8 slots are filled! Simple right?

I will personally be open to any discussion or comments about the tournaments moving forward, as will others from the admin team. Positive or negative, if you have something that you feel can make our tournaments better feel free to let us know.

Good luck players, and pull up a chair by the hearth!

Dylan “Edge” Edgar

Register Now!

Click the button to register for first tournament in the new format! The Tournament takes place online on September 24th, 2017!

Introducing SmashFest, presented by IKS Live!

SKL eSports is proud to announce SmashfFest, presented by IKS Live! This Super Smash Bros Wii U event is a one day Singles and Doubles tournament taking place Oct 1st at the University of Regina.

Come watch the games live in the Riddell Centre Theatre, or come hang out in the Legacy Room to play retro games, mini-tournaments, or grab a snack at the concession and licensed bar.

For More info, go to http://sklesports.ca/smashfest/

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