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How tournaments work
Tournaments are an exciting part of the future of the ZED RUN racing landscape. Accessible to all and offering big prize pools, tournaments will provide a new way to prove your racehorse is a champion.

Prize Pools

Tournaments will bring a lot of benefits to ZED RUN, including a better gameplay experience through more strategic race selection, accessibility for more stable owners, value and engagement through productions in the future and large prize pools.
Every tournament scheduled will encompass a prize pool, giving every qualified racehorse a chance to win. Initially, the total prize pool for each tournament will be distributed as follows but may be subject to change in the future:
Round
Participants
Races
Prize Pool Allocation
Grand Final
12
1*
13%
Finals
36
3
19%
Semi Finals
144
12
23%
Quarter Finals
576
48
45%
*Note: the Grand Final will consist of 6 races across different distances, where the racehorse with the most total points will be crowned Champion.
Each race within the tournament schedule will encompass a portion of the total prize pool on offer and will be distributed to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place racehorses as follows:
Position
Prize Pool Allocation
1st
60%
2nd
25%
3rd
15%

Tournament Structure

The first official ZED RUN tournament will take place over a two-week timeline. The top performing racehorses over that two week period will qualify for the tournament, culminating in a two-day finals event.

Schedule

The first ZED RUN tournament will launch on October 15, 2021 as per the schedule below:
Start Date*
Start Time*
End Date*
End Time*
October 15
12 AM
October 30
12 AM
October 30
12 PM
October 30
4 PM
October 30
6 PM
October 30
7 PM
October 30
8 PM
October 30
9 PM
October 31
10 PM
October 31
11 PM
*All time are in UTC.
The first ZED RUN tournament will help refine the tournament structures of the future, resulting in bigger prize pools, more entertainment and more engaging gameplay.

How Will Tournaments Work?

Tournaments will work based on a Qualifying Leaderboard, where the top racehorses will be automatically placed into the Quarter Finals.

Distance Funnels

A racehorse can only qualify for the distance funnel it ranks highest in. The distance funnel represents a fair way to categorise the top performing racehorses across all distances. The distance funnels are defined as follows:
Distance Category
Distance Funnel
Sprinter
1000m, 1200m, 1400m
Mid Runner
1600m, 1800m, 2000m
Marathoner
2200m, 2400m, 2600m
A racehorse can only qualify for the distance funnel it ranks highest in. Your racehorse cannot qualify in more than one distance funnel.

Qualifying Period

All racehorses are eligible to participate in tournaments, but must compete in a minimum of thirty (30) races across the two (2) week qualifying period. These 30 races must correspond to a distance funnel, as discussed above.
All racing events, whether paid or free, will count towards qualification for the tournament. Free races will no longer have a prize pool but will count towards tournament qualification. The prize pools previously available from free races will now go towards the tournament prize pools.
Paid races will still have their usual prize pools and will count towards the Qualifying Period.
At the end of the qualifying period, the top 192 racehorses in each distance funnel (i.e 576 racehorses in total), as decided by their Place Rate (see below) across all races, will be entered into the Quarter Finals. A racehorses plate rate will be calculated based on all distances funnels entered into during the qualifying period. Therefore, racehorses will rank in the distance category they have raced most in and the order is still determined by place rate across all races
Place Rate
The Place Rate of your racehorse will be calculated based on all races, across all distance funnels.
Racehorses will still need to run at least 30 races in a distance funnel to qualify, but they will only rank on the leaderboard they have raced most in. For example, if a racehorse runs 33 races in the Sprinter category and 31 races in Mid Runner category, they will only see their rank on the Sprinter category since they have run more races there.
Racehorses will rank in the distance category they have raced most in and the order is determined by place rate across all races. This ensures fairer racing and eliminates racehorses purposely de-classing to more easily qualify.
Tie Breakers
In the event of a Tie Breaker whereby two racehorses have the same place rate during the Qualifying Period, the racehorse who then has the higher Win Percentage will proceed to the Quarter Finals. If racehorses are also tied on Win Percentage, then the racehorse with the higher number of races will proceed to the Quarter Finals.
Leaderboards
You will be able to see your racehorse's rank and place rate using the dedicated tournament leaderboard. Simply filter using the My Qualified Racehorses toggle.
It is important to note that your racehorse will only appear on the Qualifying Leaderboard if it has competed in at least 30 races in a specific distance funnel.
You will also only be able to see your racehorse's rank and place rate in the distance funnel it is ranked highest in. Please note that the leaderboard ranking system may be adjusted based on community feedback for future tournaments.
If your racehorse qualifies as one of the top 192 racehorses in a distance preference funnel, it will automatically be entered into the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Finals

From the Qualifying Period, the top 192 qualified racehorses in each distance preference funnel will be automatically entered into the Quarter Finals as shown below:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
192
16
Sprinter
1200m
192
16
Mid Runner
1800m
192
16
Marathoner
2400m
For example, if your racehorse qualifies for the Sprinter events, the race distance will be fixed at 1200m.
Match Ups
During the Quarter Finals, racehorses are matched up against other similarly rated racehorses in order to ensure a wider distribution of prize money and fairer, more competitive races. Therefore, match ups will occur based on class rating.
Progression
Each distance funnel will have 16 races and the top 3 racehorses from each race will progress to the Semi Finals, meaning 48 racehorses from each distance funnel will make it through to the next round.
144 racehorses from the Quarter Finals will automatically progress to the Semi Finals.

Semi Finals

During the Semi Finals, there will be a total of 12 races with the distance of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
48
4
Sprinter
1200m
48
4
Mid Runner
1800m
48
4
Marathoner
2400m
Match Ups
From the Semi Finals onwards, racehorses will no longer be matched up against similarly rated horses. Racehorses will be randomly distributed into races against other racehorses in the same distance preference funnel.
Progression
Each distance funnel will have 4 races. The top 3 racehorses from each race will progress to the Finals, and 12 racehorses from each distance funnel will make it through.
36 racehorses from the Semi Finals will automatically progress to the Finals.

Finals

During the Finals, there will be a total of 3 races with the distance of of each event as follows:
No. of Racehorses
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
12
1
Sprinter
1200m
12
1
Mid Runner
1800m
12
1
Marathoner
2400m
Match Ups
Racehorses will be randomly distributed into races against other racehorses in the same distance funnel.
Progression
The Finals consist of just one race per distance funnel, with the top 4 racehorses from each race progressing to the Grand Final.
12 racehorses from the Semi Finals will automatically progress to the Grand Final.

Grand Final

The Grand Final consist of 6 races in total with the 12 Grand Finalist racehorses. There will be 2 races per distance funnel as shown below:
No. of Races
Distance Category
Distance on Race Day
1
Sprinter
1000m
1
Sprinter
1400m
1
Mid Runner
1600m
1
Mid Runner
2000m
1
Marathoner
2200m
1
Marathoner
2600m
In the Grand Final, the 4 racehorses from each distance funnel come together to run a total of 6 races, 2 from each distance category.
Match Ups
Each racehorse will race in 6 races, competing across all six distances.
Tournament Winner
As part of the Grand Final, each racehorse will race in 6 different races across 6 different distances.
Points are awarded based on finishing position for each of the 6 races. The racehorse with the most points at the end of the 6 races will be crowned the winner of the tournament.
The Points will be distributed as follows, however please note that this is subject to change for future tournaments:
Place
Points
Place
Points
1st
1024
7th
16
2nd
512
8th
8
3rd
256
9th
4
4th
128
10th
2
5th
64
11th
1
6th
32
12th
0

Future Tournaments

Based on the success and engagement levels of the official ZED RUN Tournament, further tournaments will be introduced in conjunction with community feedback.
In conjunction with community feedback, we foresee different tournament types and structures in order to make them accessible to as many racehorses and stables as possible. The aim is to give all ZED RUN community members an incentive to race their racehorses and breed the champions of the future.

Learn More

Read our FAQs for more details on these tournaments.
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