It's almost time to kick off the next season of our War League program. This will be a special season in a number of ways: namely, it will be the first season in which Duel Links is an official, supported format!
1. What's Happening to Current Format?
Duel Links will replace Current TCG for this season as the second official format for warring, alongside Goat. This means that the Goat War League will continue with DCS and DSP events, while Current format will not have a Seasonal Playoff this season. I intend to run things like this for at least the summer season and possibly longer, given the consistently low levels of current activity we have seen throughout 2018.
This doesn't mean that DGz is leaving Current format behind entirely; far from it. We will continue to run DG Live and DCS events for Current format throughout this season. For example, DCS Anaheim will essentially be two tournaments, including a Current format tournament on July 28. Live qualifiers for this event will begin shortly after the start of the season on July 1. After that point, we'll continue hosting sporadic Lives for Current players to gouge activity for future seasons.
2. What's Happening with Duel Links?
Duel Links will be an officially supported format in the War League program, just like Goat. If you're a Duel Links player just now stumbling upon this site, you probably have no idea what this means. War League is the official name of our ranked ladder system run through WarBot on our Discord server. Our system of warring is a bit different from what most of you will be used to: while players will still join together in teams to share ideas and experiences and pool their resources against one another's in team wars, the "team aspect" is treated as secondary to the experience of the individual. So, you won't need to have a group of friends or access to social cliques of top players to get involved here, you won't need to pay any fees, and you won't need to go through any kind of tedious registration process. Usually, it's just as simple as logging into our Discord server and typing a message to the effect of, "Ranked Duel Links, anyone?"
Every three months or so, we will have a DuelistGroundz Seasonal Playoff for top-ranked players in each officially supported format. The winner will receive a stipend of all donations collected from streaming event coverage from that season as well as a number of community goodies, such as branded merchandise or unique Discord server and forum roles and access to Staff sections of each. Additionally, as some of you may already know, this season will include our very first DuelistGroundz Championship Series event for Duel Links. These are open, live cash tournaments that come with the additional prize of a Seasonal Playoff qualification to the winner. The first of these, DCS Anaheim, will take place on July 29, and registration is already live on smash.gg!
3. What Do I Need to Do?
If you're a player without a team, the first thing you need to do (once you're registered on the forums) is hop into our Discord server. Once you're verified there, you'll be able to play ranked games in any format you please using the #findyugiohgames channel. If you've already got a team, and you see your team is listed under its respective format(s) below, you don't need to do anything at all -- you're signed up by default, you're ready to go. All other teams will need a representative to post in this thread and then create a team thread in order to be officially registered for the season.
Lemo Pear Gang
Workshop for Metalworker
Storm of Ragnarok
Tea and Biscuits
One last thing: I'm doing away with the contrived Exhibition/Regular system. As I should have predicted, as soon as Ynus's team was no longer involved in warring, no one gave a shit about the regular season stuff. All wars will be played as what was formerly known as Exhibition wars. Please view this thread for more information.
Please send me any comments and/or concerns you have regarding these matters or anything else involving the upcoming seasoan of warring.
Full Summer schedule: