Cichociemiak suggested a mode where only Shardable Legends could be used, in another thread, and it sparked an idea for a mode where only Shardables (not just Legends, but any Shard Hero) can be used. I liked the idea enough to try to refine it and give it its own thread.
I called this possible new mode "Legacy Battle" since they're essentially Legacy Heroes at this point. Most of them don't see much use outside of being used for amusement or the rare special cases, where they can occasionally be useful.
This is going to be sort of longish (that's prety much normal for me), but I'm trying to make the suggestion as fair, balanced, and most importantly as fun as possible. It's essentially a rules/explanation all in one.
Help in refining, fixing anything I missed or messed up, or anything else you think the idea needs/should have is very much welcomed!
To start off, Legacy Battle, as I've outlined it here, would be comprised of a mix of elements from several other modes.
1. First and foremost, you can only use Shardable Heroes in this mode. If you can't buy the Hero with Shards, you can't use that Hero in Legacy Battle.
2. Registration is required to participate. Registration is a one day period the day before each Legacy Battle begins.
Each Legacy Battle lasts for three days, is run twice a week, and is not run on Sunday (GW and FF are enough on those days). If you fail to register in a Legacy Battle, you will not be able to participate in that Legacy Battle.
Registration is on Sunday and Wednesday. Yes, this means that there is one day where you will be battling in one Legacy Battle while registering for the next.
3. Like Lost Battlefield, you must create three teams, and each team can only be comprised of one Legend, one Elite, and one Ordinary Hero. Unlike Lost Battlefield, you are not allowed to change your teams once registered.
IE one purple, one blue, and one green hero makes up one team, you need three teams. Each Hero can only be used in one team at a time, and once the teams are registered you can't reorder or change them in any way.
Registration locks your team at that point in time that they were registered, for only this mode. Meaning you can beef up your Heroes all you want after you register, but it will not affect them for the current Legacy Battle. This is to prevent people trying to game the system for easier matches, which they will do without something like this to stop it.
IE if a Hero was level 20 with level 5 Revitalize when you registered, then you pushed it up to level 180 and 9 Revitalize... as far as Legacy Battle is concerned it's still a level 20 with level 5 Revitalize.
4. It uses the same maps as Squad Showdown, one of which is randomly chosen before each round.
It will use your own Heroes, though. No IGG provided Ringers allowed, no ATK boosters to stack the deck... nothing. It's a straight up team versus team match, where you stack your build against the opponent's, with the maps/layouts to provide some variability and strategy into the mix.
5. Each day of Legacy Battle consists of three rounds. Each round consists of three fights, or matches, against a single opponent. You will know what Heroes your opponent is using in advance, but that is your only advantage.
You can place your Heroes from your team on any spot on whatever map your battle is to happen on, while the opponent team's spots will be randomly chosen afterward.
Defensive setups would be nice, but it would require setting up a layout for each of your teams for every possible map. That's just not really a workable plan, IMO.
6. Each Legacy Battle is run as a three day tournament, with each division lasting for a full twenty-four hour period like Guild Wars.
Each Legacy Battle bracket consists of sixty four competitors (balanced based on the combined might of the players' three registered teams), with each division consisting of a four person free-for-all.
All players start in the Bronze League and advance, maintain position, or fall based on performance.
The top player from each division moves up to the next League at the end of that day. The middle two remain in their current League, while the bottom player gets bumped down one League.
Players who fall below Bronze League to the Tin League are eliminated from the tournament.
7. There are five Leagues: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Tin.
Platinum is the overall winner, and Tin is for those who are eliminated. Gold, Silver, and Bronze are the active Leagues.
Prizes at the end of each Legacy Battle are based on the League in which you finished.
So if you take top place the first day, you will become Silver League in day two. If you take first spot the second day you become Gold in day three. If you take first spot on the third day you finish in Platinum for the top prize for your bracket.
8. Points are awarded on based on two factors: who wins each match and how quickly they win.
A win of a single match is worth 50 points, which are adjusted based on the remaining time on the clock. The maximum points per round is 150 points (up to 50 points per match).
Each match has a time limit of one minute. Any win under 10 seconds guarantees full points for that match. After that, scoring is based on one point per second remaining on the clock at the end of the match.
For instance, a match that lasts 35 seconds will award 25 points for the 25 seconds remaining in that match. On the other hand, a match that lasts 10 seconds or less will receive the full 50 points.
9. In the event of a tie at the end of a day, the two players who tied are put into a Sudden Death round with the matches run randomly by the system. The winner gains a single point from this Sudden Death round.
This process is repeated as necessary until a clear winner is found.
It was suggested I add this to the idea, for clarification, so here it is. While this would not allow for a direct P2W scenario to provide direct profits, since the entire point of this is to provide a fair competition where P2W has far less of an effect than in most modes, it would still allow for IGG to profit indirectly by people purchasing in order to beef up Heroes for use in this mode.
Hopefully that was clear. If anything isn't, please let me know and I'll see if I can straighten it out.
I also added a poll because... well... I wanted to. Not sure I did that right, though.
1. DO THIS NOW!
2. I HATE THIS!
3. I'm not sure...
Move along, please.