Clash Royale League Format Explained featuring DIG Coach, BenTM
Sun 23rd Sep 2018 - 2:30pm
Clash Royale is one of the most promising up and coming mobile esports that we've ever seen. With improved production quality, more funding, and established eSports organizations from all around the globe joining the fray, you can guarantee that there are a large number of people new to the scene. Maybe they haven't even heard of the game or never played it!
With the Clash Royale League (CRL) kick-off at the end of last August, there have been plenty of action-packed matches, but it may be hard at first to find information about the CRL. That's why we decided to sit down with DIG Clash Coach, Ben "BenTM" Rogers and ask him to lay out the European CRL format (because that's the one Team Dignitas is playing in) to make it easier to understand for the newer viewers.
2 versus 2
Coach BenTM: "2v2 battles are between two teams of two players. All four players play simultaneously in one arena. Each team, just like normal Clash Royale, tries to take down more towers than their opponents. Each player has their own eight card deck and their own elixir. Like the 1v1, this is played in a best-of-three set style for CRL."
The screen capture shown above displays the first 2v2 between MaxLaMenace and Juanka from Team Dignitas versus Cuchii Cuu and Anthony from Team Queso. On the left, you see a dot with a red highlight on it meaning that they're currently in that match and whoever wins it replaces the red dot with the logo of the team.
If the match would result in a draw after overtime, BenTM told us how it would play out, "There can be draws in matches but never in sets or game results. A tied match occurs when each player has taken the same number of towers in the allotted 6 minutes (3 minute regular time + 3 minutes overtime)"
Coach BenTM also had this to say when asked about the hardest game mode currently in the CRL, "In my opinion, due to the fact that it's such a new mode for competitive CR, 2v2 (set 1) is the hardest right now."
1 versus 1
Coach BenTM: "1v1 battles are between one player from each team. Each player tries to take down the opposition's towers whilst defending their own. This is played in a best-of-three set style."
iAmJP facing off against G2 KaNaRiOo after taking the lead in the 2v2 portion of the match.
When asked about different CRL formats and what he would like to see in the European region, Coach BenTM told us, "I would love for the EU region to adopt the format they use in CRL China! It's a best-of-5 match format (1v1, 2v2, 1v1, 1v1 & KOTH)"
KOTH (King of the Hill)
Coach BenTM: "KOTH is a "tie-breaker" set that is used when a CRL match is locked at one set a piece. Each team fields three players to face off in 1v1s. If you win your match, then you stay on the "hill". The first team to knock out all three opposing players is the winner."
Essentially, this means that it's a nailbiter up to the very end. Comebacks are possible even when you're down 2-0! If a player plays twice or even thrice in the case of a comeback, the player will use a different deck every match that they go through!
In DIG's match against G2 we witnessed MaxLaMenace and Juanka falling against the likes of G2, but the golden boy of the #DIGClash squad, iAmJP, managed to make an amazing reverse sweep winning them the match in the end.
There's so much more to the CRL then just the format and the modes that are played. Tournament aspects like the decks that are used, where you can find the streams and more that we've collected for you right here!
• Decks are determined based on what team you're facing and which specific player they are sending up. Coach BenTM told us, "A lot of behind the scenes scouting and discussion goes on to help determine which decks we should play."
Decks that players use are revealed one by one when the player uses a card for the first time in that round.
• When asked about choosing players for a certain match, BenTM said, "This is widely down to who is performing the best in the preparation for the upcoming match."
• He explained the playoffs as well, "After the current group stage, the playoffs will begin. The top 4 teams of each region (Asia, China, Europe, Latin America, and North America) will clash once again to claim the sole spot of their region in the Clash Royale World Finals!"
• There are bans in the CRL, each team (no matter if there are two players from a team playing or just one) picks one card that they don't want to play against. This ban persists for the whole set of the respective game mode (2v2, 1v1 and KOTH) that they chose to ban it in. For the players, it's definitely important to ban a card that has a high chance of being an essential part in your opponent's decks, though professional players are able to adapt to these bans
• All streams are vertical and optimized for the best mobile viewing experience. If you're watching from any other device you'll be able to watch but there are large black bars on each side of the screen. All matches are streamed in multiple languages on the eSportsRoyale Youtube channel.
• You can find information on the CRL here. There's a button on the top right that allows you to switch between regions and languages including French, German, Spanish, and English.
We want to thank Ben for answering our questions and his valuable input definitely made the foundation for us to build upon. Ben and his squad have a tough and long season ahead of them but with the help of you, the fans, they'll have even more confidence in fighting for that desired spot in the Clash Royale League World Finals! Over the course of the next months we're going to try and get to know as much as possible about the ins and outs CRL, this is just the start!
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