The Diplomacy Broadcast Network Invitational Tournament is designed to bring the winners and top performers of major Diplomacy events from the face-to-face, virtual face-to-face, league, and extended-deadline communities together for a highly competitive tournament between some of Diplomacy’s best players.
Details about completed and ongoing qualifying events are listed below. A player’s points total is the sum of their three best placement scores, which are higher for larger events. Winners of select qualifying events earn automatic invitations (AI). Check out the DBN Invitational 101 tab for more details.
Check out the latest episode of DBNI Countdown for a monthly rundown of changes in the standings.
The DBN Board of Directors has identified significant Diplomacy events from both the face-to-face and extended-deadline communities. Each qualifying event has been evaluated to ensure there are appropriate standards and levels of competition. Events may be added to this list if DBN deems them significant enough.
Face-to-Face / Virtual Face-to-Face:
- Championnat du Monde francophone virtuel de Diplomatie (AQ)
- PoppyCon 2021 (non-AQ)
- Whipping 2021 (AQ)
- Carnage in May 2021 (non-AQ)
- DixieCon 2021 (AQ)
- Boston Massacre 2021 (non-AQ)
- Virtual Diplomacy Summer Classic (AQ)
- European Diplomacy Championship (non-AQ)
- Weasel Moot 2020 (non-AQ)
- Liberty Cup 2021 (non-AQ)
- Carnage 2020 (AQ)
- Virtual Diplomacy Championship (AQ)
- Virtual Cascadia Open 2022 (non-AQ)
- Ligue Francophone de Diplomacy Virtuelle (AQ)
- Tour of Britain (AQ)
- Virtual Diplomacy League (AQ)
- Nexus Season 6 (AQ)
- Nexus Full Press League 2021 (AQ)
Events whose winners automatically qualify for the DBN Invitational are indicated by “AQ”. Events marked as “AQ Pending” will be reviewed after the event has completed to determine if the event had sufficient participation to warrant its winner to automatically qualify.
The Diplomacy Broadcast Network (DBN) Invitational is a year-long points competition between players in the face-to-face, virtual face-to-face, league, and extended-deadline Diplomacy communities, culminating with the DBN Invitational Championship game in February. Players vie to become the DBN Diplomat of the Year, which distinguishes the one player who not only performs well at DBN qualifying events, but also excels through the pressure of the DBN Invitational Tournament itself.
In order to be eligible to play in the DBNI, players must meet the following requirements:
- Play at least 1 virtual face-to-face game in a qualifying event over the course of the season. The player must play the entire game and it must count in the standings for the event.
- Be eligible to play on the vWDC server at the commencement of the tournament.
DBN QUALIFYING EVENTS
DBN Qualifying Events include significant Diplomacy events from the Diplomacy community, beginning in February and ending in January of the following calendar year. Each event is categorized as a face-to-face, virtual face-to-face, league, or extended deadline event and awarded a number of points based on a combination of the size of the event and number of participants. The largest event from each category is awarded maximum points, and other events in that same category are assigned an event score based on the number of boards and players at the event.
DBN INVITATIONAL PLACEMENT SCORE FORMULA
Players earn DBN Invitational placement points based on their finish at each event. Points are awarded based on a combination of the size of the event, number of participants, and the player’s final ranking at the event. An emphasis has been placed on event wins. The amount of points awarded drops rapidly with lower placements. The basic formula for player standings is Player Placement Score = Event Score * Place Multiplier. First place gets 100% of the event points, second place gets 60%, third place gets 40%, and so on. A player’s points total is the sum of their three best placement scores from qualifying events.
DBN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
At the conclusion of the season, 28 players will be invited to play in the DBN Invitational Tournament, a three weekend event over the month of February. To receive an invitation, a player must have played in at least one virtual face-to-face event during the current DBNI season. Players that win an event with sufficient size and player count will automatically be invited to participate in the tournament. Any remaining tournament slots will be offered to players in order of their DBN Standings at the end of the season. If a player is unable to participate, the player with the next highest position in the DBN Standings will be invited until all slots have been filled.
At the end of two qualifying rounds, the seven players with the highest scores will be invited to participate in the DBN Invitational Championship Game. The winner of this game will be crowned DBN Diplomat of the Year.