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The Glory Professional Alliance is a competitive gaming alliance, for the game Glory, composed of 20 teams.

Format

Regular Season

The competition is split into three parts: Individual Challenge, Group Challenge, and Team Challenge. Teams can win up to a maximum of 10 points per match. Of the 20 teams, only 8 teams advance to play in the Championships in an elimination bracket. The two lowest ranked teams are relegated, and they have a chance to come back to the league through the Revival Tournament. The next season, the team that survived the Revival Tournament is entered into the League. Another team that meets certain requirements and is approved by the League is also added into the League.

Individual Challenge: Three players from each team are put into a 1-on-1 situation in the order they are seated. Each victory in this competition is worth a single point, so a team can win 3 points from this competition.

Group Challenge: Three different players from each team are put into a similar situation as the Individual Challenge, but the player that dies is replaced with another player from their team that comes after them. The winner of this stage is based on which team is the last standing. When one team's members are all defeated, the remaining team is awarded 2 points.

Team Challenge: This stage is a 5-on-5 battle with a sixth substitute player on each team. Unlike the previous stages, this stage relies on the cooperation of the team as a whole. When a single player dies, the sixth player is able to come on the field, but they must come from the exchange area. The substitute player's health, equipment, and mana during this time are in a cooldown state. The team left standing wins 5 points from this round.[1]

Championship: The eight highest ranked teams from the regular season advance to the knock-out stage of the season. Here, players compete to become the champions.

Playoffs

The competition is split into two parts: Group Challenge and Team Challenge. Teams can win a maximum of 11 points per match. The team ranked first in regular season plays against the one placed eighth, the second against the seventh, the third against the sixth, and the fourth against the fifth.

Teams play one home match and one away match, and the team ranked higher plays the away game first. The home team gets to choose the maps to use during the game, which will remain unknown to the guest team until the fight starts. The points in the two games will not be aggregated, and if each team wins one of the two games, an extra game will be played at the stadium of the home team of the second leg. However, in this case, the maps will be chosen randomly by the Alliance, instead of the home team.

Group Challenge: Five different players from each team are put into a similar situation as the Individual Challenge of the regular season, but the player that dies is replaced with the player that comes after them. The winners of this stage are based on which is the last team standing. When all the members of one team are dead, the remaining team is awarded 5 points. The other team wins points equivalent to the number players they defeated in the round.

Team Challenge: This stage is a 5-on-5 battle with a substitute player on each team. Unlike the previous stages, this stage relies on the cooperation of the team as a whole. When a single player dies, the substitute player is able to come on the field, but they must come from the exchange area. The substitute player's health, equipment, and mana during this time are in a cooldown state. The substitute is also able to come on the field if a player has not yet died, although they still must come from the exchange area. This round has a time limit. After it, the teams win points depending on how many players remain. If the time expires and each team has the same number of players remaining, the match will go into overtime.[2]

Before Season 9, the rules were different. There used to be one home game and one away game, and points were accumulated. The first team to obtain 10 points won. But in the finals of Season 8, Samsara had already received 7.5 points in their home game. So, in their away game, they used their three strongest players during the Individual Challenge. Because of this, they won and never competed in the Team Challenge portion. Since the audience, sponsors, and broadcasters were not satisfied by the results, the rules were changed the next season. With this, it is possible to have only three games if one team wins and another loses because all points are canceled after the game.

Revival Tournament

To participate, teams must have enough members and pay a participation fee. The first part of the tournament is played online in a knockout style, also known as a single-elimination bracket. This means one loss results in instant elimination. Teams are able to adjust players in the online stage of the competition. Each team would play each other on their home stage and the winner is decided based on the total number of points obtained. A coin flip is used to decide which team would play their home game first.[3] When 40 teams are left, the matches would be played offline and the teams would be split into groups to ensure that the best teams are left.[4] There is a 3 month period between the online and offline stage for teams to better prepare themselves. The last team standing is then brought into the League at the start of the season.[5] Players could use potions once during a match.[6]

Rules

Yellow Card: It can be issued to a player as a warning for breaking the rules. A second yellow card issued would result in a red card, and is usually issued more quickly than the first.

Red Card: It is issued to a player when they receive 2 yellow cards, or when they commit a huge foul. Players who receive a red card are banned for the next match, and the ban can be extended.[7]

Map selection: The home team selects the map for the day. Each team can only pick the same map twice for the entire season. This means that each team would have to play at least 10 different maps for the season, as there are 19 home games.

Season 1

Champion: Excellent Era

Runner-up: Royal Style

Season 2

Champion: Excellent Era

Runner-up: Tyranny

Relegated: Punishing Immortal

Season 3

Champion: Excellent Era

Runner-up: Hundred Blossoms

Season 4

Champion: Tyranny

Runner-up: Excellent Era

Relegated: Punishing Immortal

Season 5

Champion: Tiny Herb

Runner-up: Hundred Blossoms

Season 6

Champion: Blue Rain

Runner-up: Tiny Herb

Relegated: Punishing Immortal, Duskfire

Season 7

Champion: Tiny Herb

Runner-up: Hundred Blossoms

Relegated: Everlasting, Time

Season 8

Champion: Samsara

Runner-up: Blue Rain

Semi-Finalists: Tiny Herb, Misty Rain[8]

Quarter-Finalists: Tyranny, Void, Thunderclap, 301 Degrees

Relegated: Excellent Era, Mysterious Fantasy[9]

Season 9

Champion: Samsara

Runner-up: Tyranny

Semi-Finalists: Wind Howl, Tiny Herb

Quarter-Finalists: Blue Rain, Hundred Blossoms, Void, Misty Rain

Relegated: Time, Clear Splendor

Season 10

Champion: Happy

Runner-up: Samsara

Semi-Finalist: Tiny Herb, Tyranny

Quarter-Finalists: Blue Rain, Thunderclap, 301 Degrees, Hundred Blossoms

Relegated: Bright Green, Seaside

Past and Current Teams

301 Degrees

Blue Rain

Bright Green

Clear Splendor

Conquering Clouds

Duskfire

Excellent Era

Everlasting

Happy

Heavenly Sword

Hundred Blossoms

Lightly

Miracle

Misty Rain

Mysterious Fantasy

Parade

Punishing Immortal

Radiant

Royal Style

Samsara

Seaside

Thunderclap

Time

Tiny Herb

Tyranny

Void

Wind Howl

Wind Sweep

Famed Accounts

Battle Mage - One Autumn Leaf - Battle God

Elementalist - Windy Rain - The First Elementalist

Witch - Vaccaria - Magician/The First Witch

Summoner - Concealed Light 

Sharpshooter - Cloud Piercer - Great Gunner

Launcher - Dancing Rain - The First Launcher

Spitfire - Dazzling Hundred Blossoms - The First Spitfire

Mechanic - Life Extinguisher - The First Mechanic

Blade Master - Troubling Rain - Sword Saint

Ghostblade - Sobbing Ghost - The First Phantom Demon

Berserker - Falling Scattered Flowers - The First Berserker

Spellblade - Empty Waves - The First Spellblade

Warlock - Swoksaar - The First Warlock

Assassin - Scene Killer - The First Assassin

Ninja - Dark Forest - The First Ninja

Thief - Doubtful Demon - The First Thief

Striker - Desert Dust - King of Fighting

Brawler - Three Hits - First Brawler

Qi Master - Boundless Sea - Wretched Qi Master/The First Qi Master

Grappler - Chaotic Cloudy Mountain - The First Grappler

Knight - Angelica - The First Knight

Cleric - Immovable Rock - The First Cleric

Exorcist - Peaceful Hermit - The First Exorcist

Paladin - Wind - The First Paladin[10]

Trivia

  • Each big club has a training camp, where the best players found in the game train in hopes of becoming a pro player of that team.
  • Each club has a technical team to work on Silver Equipment.
    • Due to this, each club has multiple pieces of the same Silver Equipment. This is to allow the club to conduct research without needing to use the player's account and disrupting their training sessions.
  • Clubs have ownership of its players' accounts.
  • Pro players have an exclusive QQ chat group.
  • Until Season 4, the Glory Professional Alliance had 16 teams. From then on, 20 teams became the standard.
  • Excellent Era has the record of achieving the most points per match (9.2 points per match in Season 2 for a total of 276 points).
    • Samsara is behind them with 8.4 points per match (for a total of 319 points) during Season 10.
  • In the Season 9 Revival Tournament, a whopping 14218 teams participated, an increase of over 1000 from the Season 8 Revival Tournament.
  • During Season 9, the release of the 11th Server was accompanied by the increase in level cap to 75. Due to this, matches were paused for 1 week to allow teams to level up their accounts and get accustomed to the new skills.
  • One of the opening matches would be the defending champion going up against one of the two new teams.[11]
  • In Season 8, a character had an average of 5.23 pieces of SIlver Equipment.[12]
  • Players are able to call 'gg' in order to forfeit the portion of the match. This is usually used during an unwinnable situation, such as being in a 1v5 situation in the Team Challenge.
  • Players have to attend a mandatory press conference after every match. Players that fail to do so is fined by the Alliance.[13]
    • The team that lost will first attend the press conference, followed by the team that won. If both teams drew, the away team will attend first, followed by the home team.
  • Smoking is banned in the stadiums. In the early days of the Pro League, smoking was allowed.[14]
  • The use of voice chat was banned after Blue Rain kept utilizing it to trash talk the opponents. Players can only type in the chat channel to communicate with teammates.
    • Ironically, after Matchday 12 on Season 10, the Alliance began considering bringing back the use of voice chat, after Yu Wenzhou could not type fast enough in the chat channel which led to his team losing the Team Challenge to Thunderclap.[15]

References

  1. Chapter 91
  2. Chapter 1051
  3. Chapter 802
  4. Chapter 801
  5. Chapter 520
  6. Chapter 840
  7. Chapter 1152
  8. Chapter 642
  9. Chapter 620
  10. King's Avatar wikipedia
  11. Chapter 803
  12. Chapter 806
  13. Chapter 826
  14. Chapter 1213
  15. Chapter 1217

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