A Challenger Circuit Split will be played over (7) seven weeks of competition. This will consist of (5) weeks of circuit competition and (2) two weeks of relegation. The Challenger Circuit format is covered below.
Matches will consist of 2 games played back to back between the scheduled teams (A Set). If the set is split, i.e. each team wins one match, then each team will receive (1) one point. If one team wins both matches of their set they will receive (3) three points. At the end of the first three weeks, points will determine who secures a spot for the last two weeks in circuit or is relegated to playing the combine teams.
During weeks 1 to 3 each team will play the other teams once in a set of two games for points. At the end of week 3 the top (2) teams based on points will be safe and come back to play in the last two weeks of the circuit. The bottom two teams will be relegated and will have to play the top two teams from the Smite Combine (An open bracket tournament hosted by Face IT). Tiebreakers will be handled before any relegation teams have been deteremined.
During week 4 the bottom two teams from the first three weeks of the circuit will play the top two teams from the combine. Each team will play the other in one set of two matches. Teams will be playing (6) matches on a relegation day. Relegation 1 will determine who plays in the last two weeks of the circuit and who drops down to the combine. Tiebreakers will be handled before this is determined.
The final two weeks of the circuit will see the teams once again playing each other once in sets of two. Points from the first half of the circuit will have been reset, and at the end of the (2) week second half of the Circuit, the top (1) team from the circuit will move on to a Lan hosted by HiRez, with the top (2) teams also qualifying for the SPL relegations. The bottom two teams will participate in a second relegations weekend against the top two teams of the combine to secure spots in the next split of the Challenger Circuit.
During week 7 the bottom two teams from the last two weeks of the circuit will play the top two teams from the combine in a similar format to the Relegation 1 weekend. At the end of Relegation 2 the top two teams will secure a spot in the upcoming split for the Challenger Circuit. The bottom two teams will drop down to the Smite Combine. Tiebreakers will be handled before placements are determined.
Teams from the circuit that make LAN will be invited to HiRez studios to participate. LAN's for the most part will NOT determine SPL placement, for example in the Spring Split of the Challenger Circuit, the top team from the circuit will go to the Gauntlet Lan which will determine placements for the Smite Masters event. Teams that make it to LAN will also have to participate in a SPL Relegation phase to determine SPL placements.
SPL Relegations will be played AFTER the LAN events. The top two circuit teams will play against the bottom teams of the SPL to secure placement either in the next split of the Challenger Circuit or the SPL.
There will be three Challenger Circuit splits, Spring, Summer and Fall. All Challenger Circuit events will be managed by the team at Tiermonster Events. All Smite Combine events will be managed by the team at Face IT and all SPL, LAN and SPL Relegations events will be managed by the esports team at HiRez Studios.
All Challenger Circuit Matches will be formatted as follows:
All teams that participate in the Challenger Circuit will receive $250 USD each week they participate in one of the regulation (5) weeks of circuit play.
Prizing will be distributed by HiRez to the winning teams, each team captain will be required to submit their teams payment information to Circuit admins before the completion of the Spring Challenger Circuit event.