In a bid to properly celebrate the release of the heavily anticipated Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies, Riot Games revealed they will be hosting a showcase event later in March, featuring some of the biggest names in TFT scene who will duke it out for US $150,000 in prize pool.
The Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies Showcase is slated to take place on Thursday, March 12 and conclude a day later, on Friday, March 13. As revealed, it will feature 16 TFT players from all over the globe, who will compete in two groups of eight for the lion's share of the offered prize pool.
Riot Games already teamed up with Red Bull to host a similar event back in October to celebrate the launch of Teamfight Tactics: Rise of Elements. Just like the upcoming Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies showcase event, the previous one was a two-day tournament, which was won by a Hearthstone pro Jan "SuperJJ" Janssen.
TFT Galaxies Showcase Talent
Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies showcase event will be cast by esports hostess and interviewer Ovilee May, a prominent figure in TFT scene DisguisedToast, LCS host LeTigress, Hearthstone host Frodan, Riot Games' Lead Designer of Teamfight Tactics Mort, and Set Designer Wittrock. The latter two are also said to reveal more information about the upcoming update for TFT during the event.
In the player's line-up we will see Li Luo, Hong Lian, Da 11, Oh Le, Becca, Itshafu, Scarra, Dogdog, Jschritte, Leko, Uthenera, Tio Feeder, Sologesang, Lohtar, Shaunz and reigning champon SuperJJ.
For the first day of the event, players will be divided into two groups of eight, where they will play four games, making for a total of eight games played on day one. Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, however, players will compete remotely from their own locations.
Players will earn points based on their final placement in each game. Those points will then be used to determine which eight players (four from each group) will advance into the next day. The player who will finish first in the fourth match of his group (aka the Golden Game), however, will get a direct bye into the second day, regardless of his final score. Joining him will be three players with the highest point scores.
1st - 10 points
2nd - 8 points
3rd - 6 points
4th - 5 points
5th - 4 points
6th - 3 points
7th - 2 points
8th - 1 point
On the second day of the event, the top eight players will compete until one of them reaches 18 points – at that point the event will end and that player will be crowned as the TFT Galaxies Showcase champion. The champion will get awarded with a trophy as well as US $15,000 in tournament winnings. Once one player reaches 18 points the remaining seven players get ranked on their total points score.
If two or more players are tied in points score, rankings will be determined by the following criteria:
1. Highest number of 1st place finishes across all games played.
2. Best average placement across all games played
3. Best placement in Game 4
Prize pool distribution:
1st - $15,000
2nd - 8th - $10,750
9th - 16th - $7,500
Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies will see a total prize pool of $150,250 distributed between all 16 players, meaning no player will go home empty-handed. The event will be broadcast live for fans to watch. The livestream will begin on Thursday, March 12, on the official Riot Games Twitch channel and LoL Esports YouTube channel.
Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies will be the third Set for Teamfight Tactics and it will bring a handful of new features and changes to Riot Games' autobattler game. Among all the new features, Galaxies will introduce a plethora of new combinations with ten new Origins and 13 classes, some of which new, while others will see new champions added to its pool.
The new Origins will include Celestial, Chromo, Cyber, Dark Star, Mech-Pilot, Rebel, Space Pirate, Star Guardian, Valkyrie and Void. The new classes/old classes with new heroes will include Blademaster, Blaster, Brawler, Demolitionist, Infiltrator, Mana-Reaver, Mercenary, Mystic, Protector, Sorcerer, Sniper, Starship and Vanguard.
Adding to the long list of new additions, Galaxies will also introduce three new items in Chalice of Favor (replaces Hush), Shroud of Stillness (replaces Icebourne Gauntlet), and Zz'Rot Portal (replaces Titanic Hydra).