This is the roadmap for NA since it's the region I pay the most attention to. I hope it helps explain how the entire ALGS system works for those that would like a visual explanation. Please note that this is only for the Winter Circuit which is currently taking place and that the Summe/Spring Circuits all ended at the "Playoffs" phase with there being no next stage.
An entire circuit usually takes place over a period of 3 months where an Online Tournament (OT) happens every other week, followed immediately by the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) the next week, and then a one week break before the Playoffs.
EDIT: I should've titled this "ALGS Championship 2021 Road Map" sorry for any confusion this might cause.
EDIT 2: I know that my naming system is different than Liquipedia but here is my reasoning (they have "Quarters" listed as "Semis" and etc). If you tell someone it's the "Semis" it implies that there are 2 lobbies running at the same time but Liquipedias "Semis" has 1 lobby since there are 10 teams that were seeded from the previous OT that are waiting for them.
Good shit Minustempo! I consider myself to have an average intelligence at least, but can still barely comprehend competitive Apex formats sometimes, so thanks for this flowchart haha
Question 1: So there is a separate dedicated LCQ for just the LAN? (2 top teams, right?). Is this invite only or something with regards to qualifying for this dedicated LCQ?
Question 2: What are the number of teams submitted to the LAN per region? (16 for NA, but what about breaking down the other regions?)
Question 3: How are the 3 LAN lobbies seeded per region? Are the ratios per lobby generally guaranteed? (for example, per each 20 team lobby: ~5 NA, ~5 EU, ~4 APACNorth, ~3 APACSouth, ~3 SA?. Or is it just random?)ID: gq0g4tn
Answer 1: Yes there is a separate dedicated LCQ for the LAN that anyone can join as long as they meet a certain rank requirement. The only players not allowed to compete are the ones that are already qualified for the LAN (through placing from previous events/points).
Answer 2: 16 from NA, 6 from SA, 18 from EMEA (where 9 come directly from Europe and 2 come directly from Middle East/Africa), 11 from APAC South (where 5 come directly from Greater Southeast Asia and 2 come directly from Australia/New Zealand), 9 from APAC North (where 4 come directly from Japan and 2 come directly from Korea).
Answer 3: Seeding for the Championships has not yet been announced.
minustemp rocks, best mod and literally doing so much work. nice to see you here posting stuff i care, just downloaded this image so now i now exactly how this system works ^^
This is a very good diagram. Early on I had wrote something about the ALGS and the explanation I was given about this tournament structure basically broke my brain. Well done.
Whoever came up with this format isn’t the brightest bulb aroundID: gq0b0cn
It does seem quite complicated at first, but if you break it down it really is just:
Regular Season -> Playoffs -> Championships
Pretty standard format for tournaments in general.ID: gq3oivu
It's kinda complicated but it makes sense. It's also not as bad as some I've seen in other games. (Siege has had some stupidly complex systems especially since Faceit took over, and then there was the old US National League format which nobody really understood.)
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Thank you! This is amazing. I don't get why this isn't made more clear or organized better especially on the official apex website.ID: gq6m3uj
The pre-COVID plans are actually on the website in a similar format to what I posted here, but after they changed everything due to COVID they didn't change the graphic on the main site.
Thanks for this, and just to clarify the top 5 from playoffs that qualify for champs is winter circuit only I think? Which makes this weekend's games huge
Edit: just read your post again and see you covered this but will leave this comment up
It wouldn’t be so complicated if they didn’t use so many random abbreviations. The title of every event contains 3 different abbreviations to figure out. The regions seem to be named weirdly. On top of that the way they bracket the lobby’s as OT 1,2,3,4 feels weird instead of just labeling them as qualifier groups. It sounds like a completely different tournament but it’s not.
I guess it’s whatever, I just watch Mac and TSM. To keep it simple, if they do well I’m happy.
Oh my god this is helpful thank you
Thanks so much for this. Exactly what I was looking for.ID: gq5kdpy
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So who replaces the top 3 teams in an OT if that team won't go to playoffs? Teams like ranked is harder and youlikethatmate with matt?ID: gq6lyve
YouLikeThatMate split up so their Playoff spot gets added to the ALGS Winter Circuit Points. MNK and sF got top 3 twice so their spots also get added to the ALGS Winter Circuit Points. Therefore instead of 3 teams qualifying to the Playoffs through points, it ends up being 6 teams.
As far as Ranked is Harder goes, they will be playing in the Playoffs. What you probably heard is that they wouldn't be up for going to the LAN in the case that they made the top 5 in the Playoffs.