The SBI will be Swiss format, with a cut to a Top-8 single elimination Playoff bracket, using standard Ladder Match rules.
[EDIT: A number of qualified players had to cancel due to last minute IRL situations, so swiss rounds will not be necessary/will cut straight to Top 8 Playoff!]
If a tiebreaker is needed to determine who makes the cut to the Top 8 Playoffs of the MAIN EVENT, LADDER ELO IS THE TIE-BREAKER! (A Higher ELO may be an advantage to make the cut to the Playoffs.)
Standard Ladder Match rules for the current (AUGUST) Season:
Just like in normal ranked mode, you may start by queuing any Legal Deck (master/cards) you choose in the best of 3 series.
Your opponent has no idea what you're playing!
When you win your first game in the series, you must play the SAME MASTER/DECK the next game. When you lose your first game in the series, you may use any any Legal Deck you want (the same, different, or slightly changed as the one you just lost with.)
However, for the deck to be a Legal Deck, it must follow these limitations:
Banned Cards : [NONE currently banned.]
Banned Heroes: [NONE currently banned.]
Weigh in on what to ban/not ban in the #ladder-discussion channel on our discord! https://discord.gg/6RFAGfD