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$50,000 Founder's Tournament Qualification Process

October 11, 2017

With the $15,000 Fall Circuit coming to a close, we’re excited to announce the online qualification path to the $50,000 Founder’s Tournament! Online Qualifiers will take place over three weeks, between October 28th-November 12th, and feature six tournaments. The process is simple, win one of the six qualifying events and you’ve booked your ticket to the $50,000 Founder’s Tournament!

  • Qualifier #1 – Saturday, October 28th (Open Bracket)
  • Qualifier #2 – Sunday, October 29th (Open Bracket)
  • Qualifier #3 – Saturday, November 4th (Open Bracket)
  • Qualifier #4 – Sunday, November 5th (Open Bracket)
  • Qualifier #5 – Saturday, November 11th (Open Bracket)
  • LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER – Sunday, November 12th 

The first five HRX Qualifiers, between October 28th-November 11th, are Open Bracket. Players will accumulate points through these qualifiers to be used for seeding and the Last Chance Qualifier on November 12th. The Last Chance qualifier will be comprised of the top 16 points earners who have not already won a qualifying event.

Qualifier Prize Pools

PRIZE POOL: $1,000

  • 1st: $500 + Flight and Board to Hi-Rez Expo*
  • 2nd: $250
  • 3rd: $150
  • 4th: $100
  • 5th-8th: 15 Card Packs
  • 9th-16th: 7 Card Packs

*All competing players must be eligible to travel and compete in the U.S. between January 4-7, 2018 at the Hi-Rez Expo.

How to Register

Qualifier #1 – Saturday, October 28th

Qualifier #2 – Sunday, October 29th

  • Check-in Start: 9:00am EDT
  • Check-in Close: 9:50am EDT
  • Tournament Start Time: 10:00am EDT

Hi-Rez Expo Qualifiers will be capped at the 128 Checked-In Participants. Check-ins will open in the Tournament Discord one hour before the start of the tournament at 9:00am EDT, and will close at 9:50am EDT. Players must both be registered on the Toornament qualifier pages, and Check-In during the allotted time frame to compete. An excess of 128 players may register for the tournament, but only checking in will guaranteed participation. Top performers in the Fall Circuit will be guaranteed participation during the first qualifier if checked-in by 9:15am EDT. Subsequent qualifiers will guarantee participation to the top 32 based on Seeding Points if checked in by 9:15am EDT. 

Registrations for Qualifiers #3 and #4 will open Monday, October 30th. Registrations for qualifier #5 and the Last Chance Qualifier will open on Monday, November 6th.

Click HERE to register for Qualifier #3 and #4.

Tournament Format

  1. The Hand of the Gods Hi-Rez Expo Qualifiers are Double elimination tournaments.
  2. All matches are Best of Three (Bo3), with the first player to win 2 games advancing. Grand Finals are Bo3, where the player advancing from the winners bracket only needs to win a single set, and the player advancing from the losers bracket must win two.
  3. The first Hi-Rez Expo Qualifier (October 28th) will be seeded based on placement in the Fall Circuit. All following tournaments will be hard seeded based off Qualifier placements.
  4. Each player is required to bring 4 decks from unique Pantheons.
  5. Players will ban 1 of their opponents decks before each set. The list of Pantheons that players are running will be released by an administrator before the start of the tournament.
  6. At the start of a set, the higher seeded player will ban first, then the lower seeded player. The higher seeded player will then have choice of first or second. Players who go first must initiate the challenge request to their opponent. The losing player after each game in a set then has the option to go first or second.
  7. When a player wins a game, the deck played cannot be used for the remainder of the match. The losing player can keep the same deck used or switch to a different one of their choice.

Tournament Ruleset

  1. All competing players are required to be in the Tournament Discord while they play.
  2. Check-ins will open in Discord one hour before the start of the tournament at 9:00am EDT, and will close at 9:50am EDT. Any player who fails to check-in will be removed from competition.
  3. Every competing player is required to submit their deck-lists to through a submission sheet after re-creating them here: Players are advised to set their deck lists to private on Top Decks.
  4. You may not change any cards in your deck during the tournament. Deck lists will not be released publicly until after the tournament has been completed. Card swapping will result in a permanent ban from all future Hi-Rez Tournaments and Events.
  5. Any disconnect that occurs once a game has begun will result in the forfeiture of that game.
  6. Players are to report any known game-breaking bugs before the start of the tournament. Any player found intentionally abusing bugs will be disqualified and banned from future competitions. If a bug occurs in a game that affects gameplay, players must send evidence to an administrator, who will then make a determination after the game has completed.
  7. You must abide by all administrator requests.
  8. Players that have qualified for any Hi-Rez Expo Tournaments may not compete in the Hi-Rez Expo Qualifiers. This includes Hand of the Gods, SMITE, and Paladins.

Hand of the Gods Official Tournament Rules

Points & Seeding

  • 1st: Qualified for Hi-Rez Expo, no longer eligible to compete
  • 2nd: 15
  • 3rd: 12
  • 4th: 10
  • 5th-6th: 8
  • 7th-8th: 6
  • 9th-12th: 4
  • 13th-16th: 2
  • 17th+: 1

$50,000 Founder’s Tournament Information

The Founder’s Tournament will take place at Hi-Rez Expo between January 4-7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight players will qualify for the Hand of the Gods Founder’s Tournament, via two LANs at various gaming conventions, and the six online qualifying events detailed above.

Eight more players will qualify for the Hand of the Gods Founder’s Tournament through the Hi-Rez Expo Open tournament, open to all Hi-Rez Expo 2018 attendees.

Qualifying Events

  • IgroMir – (Event winner: Potpie)
  • Paris Games Week – Details TBA
  • HRX Online Qualifier 1
  • HRX Online Qualifier 2
  • HRX Online Qualifier 3
  • HRX Online Qualifier 4
  • HRX Online Qualifier 5
  • HRX Online Last Chance Qualifier


  • 1st: $20,000
  • 2nd: $10,000
  • 3rd/4th: $3,000
  • 3rd/4th: $3,000
  • 5th-8th: $2,000
  • 5th-8th: $2,000
  • 5th-8th: $2,000
  • 5th-8th: $2,000
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750
  • 9th-16th: $750

Make sure to book your tickets and join us at Hi-Rez Expo 2018 now!


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