Guidelines

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Table of Contents

1.  General
    1.1  Conditions of Participation
    1.2  Basic Rules
    1.3  Determination of Match Conditions
        1.3.1  Selection of the Tomb Raider-Game, Level and Game Mode
2.  Stages of the Tomb Raider Cup
    2.1  Qualification Phase
        2.1.1  Organisational Course of Events
        2.1.2  Qualification Precept (for less than 64 participants)
        2.1.3  The Qualification with more than 64 Participants
        2.1.4  Match Procedure
    2.2  Group Stage
        2.2.1  Organisational Course of Events
        2.2.2  Group Precept (with 4 players per group)
        2.2.3  Match Procedure
    2.3  Knockout Phase
        2.3.1  Organisational Course of Events
        2.3.2  Seeding
        2.3.3  Knockout Precept
        2.3.4  Match Procedure
        2.3.5  The Final and the Match for the third Place
3.  Seeding for the next Cup
    3.1  Skipping the Qualification Phase
4.  Closing Word

1. General

1.1 Conditions of Participation

The Tomb Raider Cup is the first international Tomb Raider tournament, organized by Nerd Brain and RenéMitStrich. During the cup players from all over the world can play against each other in very exciting live matches. During the course of three to four months the best Tomb Raider player will be determined.

Basically everyone who attained the age of sixteen is allowed to participate in the Tomb Raider Cup.

However, certain requirements have to be met:

All Tomb Raider-games from Tomb Raider 1 to Tomb Raider Underworld have to be in possession of the participant and executable on PC. This includes the following games:

  • Tomb Raider I: Featuring Lara Croft (1996)
  • Tomb Raider II: Starring Lara Croft (1997)
  • Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998)
  • Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation (1999)
  • Tomb Raider V: Chronicles (2000)
  • Tomb Raider VI: Angel of Darkness (2003)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend (2006)
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary (2007)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008)

If the participants possess the above mentioned games for other systems (e.g.: PS1, PS2), they cannot play them within the context of the Tomb Raider Cup, except:

  • Both adversaries possess the game for the same system and agree before the match starts to play against each other that way. Withal both players still have to possess the computer version of the above mentioned games.
  • (The Cup-Administration changes this rule in the course of development of the cup.)

Note: The Japanese version of all Tomb Raider-games is not allowed!

To register for the Tomb Raider Cup, all participants have to fill in a registration form (look at attachment 1) on our website. You have to fill in all the fields that are marked with a *. Just if you fill in the form with honest and true information, we can ensure a participation in the cup. After sending the form to us, you will receive an e-mail, where you get a confirmation that we have received your registration. After a couple of days the participant will receive a second e-mail, which contains the registration form you sent in. But this time it also contains the signum of the cup administration. With that you have successfully registered for the cup and you will get further information concerning the organisational course of events by e-mail.

If the details that are provided in the form are false, the participant will be expelled from the cup immediately. The affected participant can register for the cup next year. If the same player provides false information more than once, then the cup administration will forbid the participation of that player in the cup for more than one year.

There are two symbols for the confirmation of the registration form:

If the registration form contains the sign with the inscription ‘Approved’, the registration was accepted and the participant has registered for the cup successfully. Keep the registration form.

If the registration form contains the sign with the inscription ‘Denied’, the registration was rejected and the player did not register for the cup properly. This can have several reasons:

  • The player did not fill in all the necessary fields with proper information or he left some empty. In the registration form we send back to the participant all fields that are not appropriate are highlighted in red.
  • The participant has not attained the age of sixteen.
  • The participant cannot execute Tomb Raider 1 till Tomb Raider Underworld on PC. If you have any problems to run an older Tomb Raider game on PC you can contact the cup administration by e-mail or you can get in contact with other players, who will help you.
  • The participant did not accept the rules for the cup in general.
  • The participant did not accept the data protection regulations.
  • The cup administration banned the player from the cup because the participant provided false information in the registration form more than once.

If the registration was rejected, the participants can fill in and send a new registration form to the cup administration. The above described procedure recurs.

All registration forms have to be sent in till a predetermined deadline! You can find further information on our official website. Registration forms that are sent in after the deadline cannot be considered anymore.

1.2 Basic Rules

To ensure a progression of the Tomb Raider Cup without any problems, there are some basic rules. Every player who participates in the Tomb Raider Cup has to stick to the rules:

  • All players have to be fair towards other players. This includes sensible behaviour in presence of other players.
  • The manipulation of a match is strictly forbidden. The participants are not allowed to agree upon who is winning a match before the match even started. Manipulation also includes cheating.
  • It is not allowed that advantages arise from manipulating the Tomb Raider-games.
  • All participants wayhave to join the official Discord-server to stay up to date.
  • All participants have to ‘appear’ punctual for their match. If a player is not punctual for a match his opponent wins one game with every 20 minutes. In a match during the knockout phase there is more than one game played to determine a winner. In the qualification phase and in the group stage only one game will be played. If a player is 15 minutes too late for his match in those two phases, the opponent will win the game and the match as well. To avoid an unpunctual appearance for a match, there is a schedule, where all participants can see when they have to play their match.
  • Basically all players have to start in the qualification phase and have to battle their way to the group stage and finally to the knockout phase. Only the four best players from the cup of the last year are automatically qualified for the next cup. However those players have to fill in a registration form to confirm their participation in the next cup. (For further information to skip the qualification phase look at ‘3.1 Skipping the Qualification Phase’.)
  • The gameplay and the sound (ingame sound + voice channel sound) of every participant has to be streamed on Twitch!

All participants represent the cup and they are responsible for the reputation of it. Just when the players follow and obey these rules, we can ensure a cup with a high niveau.

If a player breaks the rules in general he will be disqualified immediately. Possible offences have to be reported to the cup administration. The disqualified player can participate in the next year’s cup. If a player was disqualified three times, he will be banned for at least one year. Only the cup administration can disqualify and ban players. The disqualified player will receive an e-mail, where the cup administration describes the reason for disqualifying or banning. The cup administration ensures that all rules are obeyed. In those situations, concerning the rules, the cup administration always has the last say.

1.3 Determination of Match Conditions

1.3.1 Selection of the Tomb Raider-Game, Level and Game Mode

In every match, whether it is during the qualification phase, the group stage or the knockout phase, different Tomb Raider-games are played. In addition we choose a complex or a level that has to be played under certain conditions.

The determination of a certain Tomb Raider-game as well as the selection of the level is according to the principle of contingency. The players receive details, which Tomb Raider-game is played one hour before the match starts. Shortly before the match starts, the players will get the information, which specific complex or level is played. Both players will get a savefile from which they have to play that certain complex or level.

Both players receive the information under which condition they play their match shortly before the match starts as well.

For Tomb Raider 1 you have to use a specific version that runs without the DosBox called TombATI. (see on the Discord-server: #setup-tr1)

In Tomb Raider: Legend you are allowed to use weapons on the motorcycle in Peru and Kasakhzstan. This is valid for all game modes.

In Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary you have to play with V-Sync on. (You can adjust this in the settings of the game.)

Possible conditions can be:

Time Trial, Endurance Mode, Precision (only Tomb Raider 2 and 3), Score Attack and Challenge / Handicap.

The above described principle to determine the Tomb Raider-game does not apply to the final and the match for the third place. Here there are special rules for both matches. (Look at ‘2.3.5 The Final and the Match for the third Place’ for further information.)

In the first game mode ‘Time Trial’ you have to complete a certain level or complex faster than your opponent. All players have to play without glitches and they have to take the route that the developer intended to complete the level.

Definition of the developer intended way to complete a level:

The player has to interact with all levers in the level. In addition he has to collect and use all puzzle items (like keys, etc.) in the level.

That means you are not allowed to skip parts of a level. If a player skips huge parts of a level or uses a glitch to be faster he loses the the game immediately. If you accidentally use a glitch and no unfair advantages arise, there won’t be any consequences. In the end the cup administration decides if the player loses the game or not. To stop the time we don’t use the ingame-time but RTA-timing. All players can save and load their save files as often as they like.

The ‘Endurance Mode’ is all about surviving in specific situations. At the start of the match both players are in one room with enemies. Both players are not allowed to use any kind of weapon during this match. Also you are not allowed to kill any enemies. The only object you can use at any time is a small medi pack but you have to use the short key for it. You are not allowed to pause the game. Both players are not allowed to leave the room the enemies are in. In total three games are played. If a player leaves the room, kills an enemy or Lara dies your opponent wins a game. The player who wins two out of three games has won the whole game (in ‘Best of 3,5,7,9’-matches) or the match (in ‘Best of 1’-matches only). During a game none of the players is allowed to save or to 6 load.

In some levels the above described game mode can differ. For example some Endurance Mode Challenges can consist of more than one level. Also there can be a ‘goal’. A ‘goal’ is a kind of task you have to accomplish during an Endurance Mode Challenge. All you have to know is stated in the ‘goals’.

(Addendum: It is not allowed to use a medi pack or melee attacks when playing Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness in Endurance Mode!)

The game mode ‘Precision’ is only playable for Tomb Raider 2 and 3. Here you have to achieve a higher hit ratio in comparison to the amount of killed enemies. One level is chosen which has to be completed. The results of the level statistic decide which player wins the match. Both players are allowed to save or to load while playing the level but for every time you load we subtract 40 shots from your real hit ratio. The hit ratio is calculated like this:

If the hit ratio rounded to two decimal figures is the same at the end of the level for both players, the amount of killed enemies is contemplated. The player who killed more enemies is the winner of the match. If the amount of killed enemies is still the same, the player who achieved the faster ingame-time for that level is the winner. All enemies that both players encounter have to be killed! The level has to be completed the same way as described in the game mode “Time Trial”! (That means no glitches or shortcuts.)

In the game mode ‘Score Attack’ the players have to collect points for specific actions in certain levels. For every enemy that is killed a player earns 2 points; for every secret you pick up (!) a player earns 3 points; for the faster completion of the level than his opponent the player gets 3 points and for every object you pick up a player gets 1 point (except the objects that belong to a secret). The player with the better hit ratio also receives 1 point. A player cannot only collect points but he can lose them as well. For every death and for every use of one large medi pack (1x small medi pack -> no loss of points, 2x small medi pack = 1 large medi pack -> loss of 2 points, 4x small medi pack = 2x large medi pack -> loss of 4 points) a player will lose 2 points. The player with the higher end score wins.

The last game mode is called ‘Challenge / Handicap’. In this particular mode you have to play a level according to a specific scope. At this it is completely unclear which scope it will be. It can be a mix of the above described game modes or something completely different. Let yourself be surprised. ;)

2. Stages of the Tomb Raider Cup

2.1 Qualification Phase

2.1.1 Organisational Course of Events

Till the deadline expires, all participants can register for the cup. They just have to meet the above mentioned conditions. After the deadline expires no registrations are accepted anymore. One week after the deadline expired the qualification phase of the Tomb Raider Cup officially begins.

The qualification phase begins in May with the first Monday at 00:00 and lasts two weeks from there. (Subject to change.)

All players can try to get the best result from their run during that time.

At the last day of the qualification phase all submissions have to be sent in to the cup administration. Here the deadline is the second Sunday after the start of the qualification phase at 23:59.

The cup administration receives all submissions when the participant sends their e-mail to us with a link to your run.

If a participant does not submit a run till the end of the qualification phase, he will be disqualified. The affected player does not advance to the group stage.

The cup administration evaluates all submissions. Based on this information a qualification table will be created. On May 31st a complete qualification table will be published. If no qualification matches are played, then the group allocation in the table is valid and the current groups are clear. If qualification matches have to be played, then the group allocation is marked with a * because it is not sure who will advance to the group stage.

All qualification matches are played in June. For that you can look at a schedule on our official website.

If no qualification matches are played, then the group stage will take place in June.

2.1.2 Qualification Precept (for less than 64 participants)

If less than 64 participants registered for the cup, there will be no qualification matches. For the qualification phase the participants have to play a level, which was determined by the cup administration. Here they have to try to play it as best as possible. Between the registration deadline and the start of the qualification phase the cup administration gives a hint on the official website, which is visible for all participants. This hint is an indicator, which level the cup administration chose for the qualification phase. There will be an official announcement, which level is the qualification level later. All players have to play this level on their own without playing live against another player.

The played level has to be recorded as video. This video has to be sent to the cup administration. You can upload the video on a video platform. Then you have to send us an e-mail with the subject: ‘TRC QP [Level] [Name]’. In this e-mail you have to embed a link to your video. You can also play the level during a live stream. We just need the link to the live stream, that we can evaluate your run. (You can also record your run with OBS = Open Broadcaster Software as an alternative to other recording programs.)

The run you sent in will be evaluated with five criteria. These include so called primary and secondary criteria. Primary criteria are for example the time you need to complete the level (ingame time), the total amount of deaths and the medi packs, that are used. If multiple runs are evaluated equally then secondary criteria decide who achieved the better run. Secondary criteria are for example the number of kills and the amount of ammo you used. We evaluate all runs with the mentioned criteria.

All players, that submit a run, will be listed in the qualification table. Every run is assigned to a seed. The runner, who achieved the best run, will be listed with Seed #1 in the qualification table. Depending on how good you performed, the other seeds are allocated. The best runs are assigned to low seeds and the other runs are assigned to high seeds.

It is only possible to submit a run once. The first run you send in counts and will be evaluated. This run determines the seed and the position in the qualification table.

All players that are listed in the qualification table are allocated with group letters from A to H. The allocation depends on the achieved seed in the qualification table. For example the player who achieved Seed #1 will be allocated with the group letter A. Starting from Seed #1 the group letters are allocated ascending from A to H till the middle of the qualification table. Starting from the last seed the group letters are allocated ascending till the middle of the table as well.

Example of a Qualification Table with 36 Participants and their Group Allocation

2.1.3 The Qualification with more than 64 Participants

If more than 64 participants registered for the cup, qualification matches have to be played.

Before qualification matches are played all players have to play the level the cup administration determined earlier in the qualification phase. That means the players have to submit a run of the determined level as it is described in ‘2.1.2 Qualification Precept’. Every player gets a seed allocated based on their performance.

Based on the different positions in the qualification table the qualification matches emerge. Here the player with Seed #1 has to play against the highest seed in the qualification table. The player with Seed #2 plays against the second highest seed etc. At this it is previously determined in which group the winner of the match will come.

Example of the emerging Qualification Matches based on the Qualification Table

Addendum: If there is an uneven amount of participants registered, then the player with Seed #1 in the qualification table will get a bye. The affected player advances to the group stage of the Tomb Raider Cup immediately without playing a qualification match.

2.1.4 Match Procedure

If more than 64 participants registered for the cup all players have to compete against another player in a live qualification match. All players need a Twitch-channel and an account for Discord to join our official server.

Five days before their qualification matches will take place all players receive an e-mail, in which the date, the time and the name of the opponent for their match is listed.

For live matches you need to join a specific voice channel on the Tomb Raider Cup-Discord-server. Two hours before the beginning of a match, special roles are assigned to the players. These roles always end with ‘...(Live)’. With those roles the players are entitled to join specific channels, e.g. the ‘Match Preparation’-text and voice channel and the voice channel that is dedicated to the specific match. First, the players receive a basic briefing for live matches in the ‘match-preparation’-text channel. After that they have to connect to the ‘Match Preparation’-voice channel. Here we solve possible problems, answer some questions the players might have and we are checking if everything works. (stream, etc.) When this step is completed both players connect to the voice channel that is dedicated to the live match. (For qualification matches it is the voice channel called ‘Qualification Matches’.) From there the match is live. In every match there will be a member of the cup administration as well to monitor the development of the match. This member also officially starts the match when both players are ready.

Both players have to attend one hour before the official beginning of their live match so that there is enough time for match preparation!

The streams of both players will be displayed on an official Twitch channel at the same time. The Twitch channel is dedicated to the Tomb Raider Cup only.

The players only stream the Tomb Raider-game and the ingame-sound! The cup administration streams the communication of both players for the official Tomb Raider Cup-stream.

During the match both players should be fair to their opponent.

The player, who meets the required conditions in the played level first, will win a game. If you want to win a match you have to win one game. That means the match is a ‘Best of 1’ series.

After the match is over both players will lose their ‘...(Live)’-role. According to whether they won or lost the match, new roles are assigned to both players. The player who was defeated loses all of his roles except the ‘Participant’-role. The winner of a match gets the next higher role, the ‘Group Player’-role.

The winner of the qualification match will advance to the group stage immediately. Based on the point ‘2.1.3 The Qualification with more than 64 Participants’ it is pre-determined in which specific group the winner of the match will advance.

2.2 Group Stage

2.2.1 Organisational Course of Events

The group stage is the second phase of the Tomb Raider Cup. After the preselection in the qualification phase, the players now have to prove themselves in the group stage.

The group stage starts in June. (If no qualification matches are played.)

The group stage starts in July. (If qualification matches are played.)

The group stage lasts two months. The cup administration publishes at the end of May / at the end of June a schedule for the group matches. Every player has to be up to date concerning the schedule and new information. (Subject to change.)

Also the group tables as well as the important information concerning the group phase can be looked up on our official website.

2.2.2 Group Precept (with 4 players per group)

After the qualification phase all players are divided among eight groups from A to H. Here the achieved seed from the qualification table determines the initial position in the particular group. The lowest seed is allocated to position #1, the highest to position #4.

All participants compete against all other players in their particular group once. The group stage is played according to the round precept. That means all players from one group play against another player from the same group in the first round. The same happens in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (...) round. The opponents are changing so that at the end of the group stage all players of one group played against the other players in their group once.

At the end of the group stage, all players that are on the first two places in their group advance to the knockout phase of the Tomb Raider Cup.

Example for the Allocation of the Initial Positions at the Start of the Group Stage
Visualisation of the Round Precept based on the Example above

If the score of the 2nd place and the 3rd place of a group is tied at the end of the group phase, they have to play another match to decide who will advance to the knockout phase. The winner of the race will advance to the next phase.

2.2.3 Match Procedure

According to the point ‘2.2.2 Group Precept’ the matches are played based on the round precept. That means that all players from all groups play their first group match in the first round. Depending on the amount of players per group a certain quantity of rounds have to be played. All players have to compete against every player in their group once.

The group matches are live matches just like the qualification matches are. For that you need the same programs that we mentioned earlier under the point ‘2.1.4 Match Procedure’. Here you use the same channels as we mentioned in 2.1.4. But from now on, all players have to use the voice channel called ‘Group Matches’ for their live matches.

The group match is a ‘Best of 1’ series. That means the player only has to win one game to win a match.

During the group stage there is a group table for each of the eight groups that show the results of the matches. To get to the first place of the group table you need to collect points. Here we explain how you get points: If a player wins a group match he will earn three points. When the match result is a draw, then both players get one point. If a player loses a match he won’t earn any points for the overall standing in the group table.

The end of the group stage is reached, when all players competed against each of the other players in their groups.

The players that get the first and second place in their group have successfully passed the group stage. They will advance to the last phase of the Tomb Raider Cup, the knockout phase.

All players that successfully finished the group stage just have to wait for the official announcement of the results.

2.3 Knockout Phase

2.3.1 Organisational Course of Events

The knockout phase is the last and deciding phase of the Tomb Raider Cup. The players that battled their way through the qualification phase and the group stage now compete in the last phase of the cup against each other.

All remaining players have to look again on the schedule to know who their opponent will be as well as when their match will take place.

If the group stage started in June, the knockout phase will start at the beginning of August. (Subject to change.)

If the group stage started in July, the knockout phase will take place at the beginning of September. (Subject to change.)

In the last phase of the cup 16 matches are played. Every week a total amount of three matches are played so that the semi-finals are certain at the end of August / September.

Both semi-finals are played on the first weekend at the beginning of the new month. The emerging matches (final and match for the third place) are played on the second weekend of the new month.

There is a specific order in which the matches are played. First the match for the third place is played and then at the following day the final.

With the cessation of the last match of the Tomb Raider Cup a new champion is certain.

Conclusive, a victory ceremony takes place. With the cessation of this ceremony the Tomb Raider Cup will be officially ended for the current year.

2.3.2 Seeding

For the last phase of the cup we create a ‘draw’. In this draw you can track the progression of the knockout phase, beginning with the round of the last 16 right up to the final. Due to the seeding the course of the knockout phase can be significantly influenced and changed. Because of that there is a general determination which positions are allocated to the players in the draw.

This determination looks like the following:

According to the position in the group table of the players at the end of the group stage the positions in the draw are allocated. All remaining players also receive a new seed. The round of the last 16 results from the figure above.

The allocated seed in the knockout phase doesn’t make a point about the performance of the players just as it was the case in the qualification phase.

When the draw is fully seeded with the last 16 players, the knockout phase can begin.

2.3.3 Knockout Precept

The knockout phase of the Tomb Raider Cup has started. That means the last 16 matches are played according to the knockout precept.

This means the following: If a player loses a match and was defeated, he is not able to advance to the next round of the knockout phase of the Tomb Raider Cup. The winner of a match advances to the next round. Withal no player is able to skip a round.

In the knockout phase a total amount of 16 matches has to be played to determine a champion. The knockout phase starts with the round of the last 16. In this round eight matches have to be played. There is a specific order in which these eight matches are played. Basically two matches from the upper half and bottom half of the draw are played. Withal a match is played from the left and from the right side of the particular half of the draw.

Therefore the players that advance to the quarter-finals are determined. When all places are filled, then the quarter-finals are also played in a specific order. The quarter-final in the upper right corner of the draw is played first. After that the quarter-final in the bottom left corner of the draw is played. Afterwards the remaining quarter-final from the right side and then from the left side is played.

Bei den Halbfinals gibt es keine feste Reihenfolge, in welcher die Matches ausgetragen werden. Die Entscheidung, welches Match zuerst ausgetragen wird, unterliegt der Cup-Leitung.

There is no specific order in which the semi-finals are played. The decision which match will be the first is incumbant upon the cup administration.

The match for the third place has to be played before the final. Not before a third place is determined, the final can begin.

Every player who wants to win the Tomb Raider Cup has to pass the following rounds of the knockout phase: The round of the last 16, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and eventually the final.

2.3.4 Match Procedure

Even in the knockout phase all 16 matches are live matches. For that you need the programs mentioned earlier. For theses matches you have to use the appropriate voice channels (Round of the last 16 -> ‘Last 16 Matches’-voice channel, etc.). The procedure described in 2.1.4 recurs. All matches are played on Saturday and Sunday (Central European Time = CET), respectively.

The series of each match change with every new round:

In the round of the last 16 a match with a ‘Best of 3’ series is played. That means that a player has to win two games in order to win the match.

In the quarter-finals a ‘Best of 5’ series is played. Here a player has to win three games to win the match.

In the semi-finals a ‘Best of 7’ series is played. A player has to win four games in order to win the semi final and advance to the final.

In the match for the third place the same series as in the semi-finals is played. That means ‘Best of 7’.

In the last and deciding match a ‘Best of 9’ series is played. That means the last two players have to try to win five games in order to become the new Tomb Raider Cup Champion.

If a game ends with a draw, it won’t be counted. That means it won’t affect the current score of both players. The game won’t be repeated. After that the next game will be played ordinary.

When a game ends with a draw, it might be possible that the match ends with a draw too after all games were played. Therewith a winner is determined a ‘sudden-death-game’ has to be played. The player who wins the game, also wins the match. The match is played as long as it needs to determine a winner.

Usually all matches are decided on the day, when they started. If a match will last too long the cup administration decides about the further course of the match. The cup administration decides, whether the match will be played until a winner is determined or whether the match will be continued on the next day.

At this the cup administration always acts in the players interest.

If two players agree to continue their match on the next day because of significant reasons the cup administration will agree on that.

2.3.5 The Final and the Match for the third Place

For the final and the match for the third place there are special rules, concerning the selection of the Tomb Raider-game or level. In all other matches the selection is completely random. But in the last two matches of the Tomb Raider Cup a different Tomb Raider-game is played in each game (meaning the games of the match). Thus no Tomb Raider-game of the series appears multiple times in a match. That means the players have to overcome a huge amount of challenges to win a match. The selection of the specific level remains random.

Example (Match for the 3rd Place):

Game Tomb Raider-Game Level
1 Tomb Raider I The Caves*
2 Tomb Raider II The Great Wall*
3 Tomb Raider III Jungle*
4 Tomb Raider IV Angkor Wat*
5 Tomb Raider V Streets of Rome*
6 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Parisian Backstreets*
7 Tomb Raider: Legend Bolivia*

In the example above no Tomb Raider-game appears multiple times. Despite that the levels are selected randomly. That means it is determined before the match even started that a huge plenty of Tomb Raider-games is played.

Example (Final):

Game Tomb Raider-Game Level
1 Tomb Raider I The Caves*
2 Tomb Raider II The Great Wall*
3 Tomb Raider III Jungle*
4 Tomb Raider IV Angkor Wat*
5 Tomb Raider V Streets of Rome*
6 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Parisian Backstreets*
7 Tomb Raider: Legend Bolivia*
8 Tomb Raider: Anniversary The Caves*
9 Tomb Raider: Underworld The Way to Avalon

These special rules apply to the final as well as for the match for the third place.

3. Seeding for the next Cup

3.1 Skipping the Qualification Phase

Upon completion of the cup the best four Tomb Raider-players in the world are certain. The match for the third place determines which player steps on the winner’s podium beside the finalists.

The best four players can skip the qualification phase of the next year’s cup. The registration process is the same as mentioned earlier. All players have to fill in and send in a registration form to participate in the next cup.

If these four players register for the next cup and the registration is accepted, these four players will be listed in the qualification table beside the other players. Depending on the place they achieved in the last year’s cup the seeds #1a, #2a, #3a and #4a are allocated. For that these four players do not have to play a qualification level. Nevertheless they have to play qualification matches, if there are more than 64 participants.

In the qualification table the Seed #1a is listed below the actual Seed #1, which has to pass the whole qualification phase. The same applies for Seed #2a, #3a and #4a. They are listed below the actual Seed #2, #3 and #4. Here the precept of allocating the groups remains the same. That means Seed #1a will always be allocated to group B, Seed #2a to group D, Seed #3a to group F and Seed #4a to group H. Thereof the qualification matches would emerge as described earlier, if there are more than 64 participants.

Example for a Qualification Table with the best four Players from the last year’s Cup + Group Allocation:

4. Closing Word

After so many rules and determinations we are grateful for every player, who participates in the Tomb Raider Cup. Furthermore only one person can win the cup but everyone has the chance to become the champion. :)

At this point we are standing open for all arising questions. We answer them under the following e-mail address:
tombraidercup@gmail.com

We cannot forget that the Tomb Raider Cup is still in development. Therefore there are many things that we can improve. But just as the Tomb Raider-players who grow and improve with every death, every defeat and every game minute, we hope to optimise and improve the cup as well.

We want to thank all Tomb Raider-websites that help us promoting the Tomb Raider Cup. We would particularly like to thank the Core Design-fan-website as well as Lara’s Generation that always helped us to improve our ideas and to develop the cup.

Additionally we want to thank all our sponsors. Without them it would be impossible that the cup takes place.

The most important part of the cup are the players that make it such a great event for everybody. We want to thank all players that have participated and are going to participate in the cup!

My utmost thanks goes to you, René. I think without you, the cup would not exist and we would not have implemented so many ideas. I wanted to thank you for the great work on the official website for the Tomb Raider Cup. I am looking forward to a further cooperation with you. :)

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Author: Nerd Brain
Edit: RenéMitStrich
Last updated: 11th of November 2017
Cup administration: Nerd Brain, RenéMitStrich
Official website: http://tombraidercup.com
(by RenéMitStrich)
E-mail-adress:
tombraidercup@gmail.com
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