United States Faux Tour – 2019-2020

Welcome to the beta test of the 2019-2020 US Faux Tour Season!

Come here to get access to rules information for your Conference as well as to access pages for rankings, store locations and upcoming tournaments for your area. Click on your conference or the national rankings below for standings and details.

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USFT Rankings Google Sheet


The Details

Our overall goal is to promote growth in both casual and competitive Malifaux by implementing a regulated season where players compete to defend their ranking and earn a place at the US Masters tournament at the end of the season.

Gaming has long since been a competitive battleground that is only just starting to really pick up steam in the mainstream. Esports is becoming a major thing. Various card games have their own season. We here at Third Floor Wars have similar aspirations for tabletop miniatures and we could think of no better game to really try to push this then Malifaux.

Check out the details below for the current beta run. We’ll be updating as needed as our data points grow and more tournaments get added in.

US Faux Tour

  1. The goals of US Faux Tour (USFT) and the US Masters tournament
    1. Grow the player base: encourage more players to play Malifaux and participate in the tournament scene
    2. Grow the tournament scene: encourage more Gaining Grounds 50ss tournaments
    3. Increase cross-meta play: encourage players to travel to events
  2. What is it?
    1. System to track player tournament participation and performance in the United States
    2. Method to rank players within and outside their local meta
    3. System that culminates in an annual US Masters event
  3. Who can participate?
    1. Any US resident that plays in a qualified USFT tournament
    2. USFT qualifying tournaments are 50ss Malifaux tournaments that follow the current Gaining Grounds (GG) document.  Tournaments must be a minimum 3 rounds with at least 8 players playing in all rounds and announced to the public 10 days in advance.
    3. The event may use the Base Game format with any of the GG Game Variants (no Team Events)
      1. Singles
      2. Alternating Leaders
      3. Bans
      4. Classic
      5. Fixed Leaders
      6. Vanilla
      7. Fixed Pool
      8. Too Many Secrets
  4. When is it?
    1. Seasons start in September and end in August (aligned with Wyrd’s wave release schedule)
    2. Masters tournaments occur in the following fall (typically October)
    3. Season 1 (2019/20) begins September 2019 and will run through August 2020
    4. The first US Masters tournament will be in North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham area) in October of 2020
  5. Overview
    1. Results from USFT qualified events are submitted to admin@thirdfloorwars.com and posted on http://www.thirdfloorwars.com
    2. Scoring – how players gain points
      i. Participating in a qualified event
      ii. Finishing higher than other players in events
      iii. Bonus points for finishing 3rd or higher
      iv. Bonus points for playing out-of-conference
      v. Full scoring details at end of this document
  6. Conferences
    1. A conference is a bound and defined geographic area. Each season may see adjustments to the conference geographic definitions based on player and tournament activity.
    2. Tournaments are considered conference events if they are held within the bounds of a conference
    3. Players are members of a conference if they live in the bounds of a conference
    4. If a player is a member of a conference and plays in a qualified event in the same conference, it is considered playing “in conference”
    5. If a player is not a member of a conference and play in a qualified event, it is considered playing “out-of-conference”
    6. If a conference player plays in a qualified event outside their conference, it is considered playing “out-of-conference”
    7. Players that play in an event within their own conference gain Conference points
    8. Players that play in an event outside their conference gain Out-of-Conference points
    9. The USFT defines the conferences
    10. Conferences may be redefined each season
    11. Conference players are ranked based on their total conference points.
    12. Players are ranked nationally by the sum of their conference and out-of-conference points
    13. Out-of-conference points are scored the same as a conference event with an additional 30% bonus
  7. Season 1 (2019/2020) Conferences
    1. Alaska (Alaska)
    2. Carolinas
      i. North Carolina
      ii. South Carolina
    3. Capital City
      i. Delaware
      ii. Washington DC
      iii. Maryland
      iv. Virginia
    4. Central
      i. Iowa
      ii. Kansas
      iii. Minnesota
      iv. Missouri
      v. Nebraska
    5. Great Lakes
      i. Illinois
      ii. Indiana
      iii. Michigan
      iv. Ohio
      v. Wisconsin
      vi. Kentucky
    6. Lone Star (Texas)
    7. Mountain
      i. Colorado
      ii. Nevada
      iii. New Mexico
      iv. Utah
    8. New England
      i. Connecticut
      ii. Maine
      iii. Massachusetts
      iv. New Hampshire
      v. Rhode Island
      vi. Vermont
    9. Pacific Northwest
      i. Idaho
      ii. Oregon
      iii. Washington
    10. Southeastern
      i. Florida
      ii. Georgia
      iii. Alabama
      iv. Tennessee
    11. Tri-State
      i. New York
      ii. New Jersey
      iii. Pennsylvania
    12. West Coast
      i. California
      ii. Arizona
  8. US Masters
    1. US Masters Tournament is in the fall after the season closes. It will be a 50ss Gaining Grounds tournament with 5 rounds (over two days).
    2. The US Masters is a 32-spot invitational event with 5 rounds over 2 days
    3. At the same time and location, there is also a 32-spot 2-day tournament open to the public.
    4. Conferences secure at least one slot if they:
      i. Host at least 3 qualified events in the season
      ii. Have at least 20 unique in-conference players in their events through the year that participated in at least one conference event
    5. 24 slots in the 32-player Masters are reserved for the top conference players who will be invited based on their final standings and the number of slots secured by the conference.
    6. Conference slots are allocated based on the number of events and unique in-conference players had by the conference during the season.
    7. The players with the highest Conference points in their conference are invited to the masters based on the number of slots their conference qualified for
    8. 8 slots in the Masters are awarded to the players that:
      i. Did not qualify for a slot in their conference or are not a member of a conference
      ii. Had the highest combined total Conference and Out-of-Conference points
    9. The winner of the US Masters tournament is considered that season’s US Master
  9. Event scoring details
    1. 3-4 round events award 3 basis points to every player (5 points for out-of-conference)
    2. 5+ round events award 5 basis points to every player (7 points for out-of-conference)
    3. Basis point for each player they ranked above
    4. 3x basis bonus for finishing 3rd
    5. 5x basis bonus for finishing 2nd
    6. 10x basis bonus for finishing 1st