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The GDL Grand Prix

THIS IS YOUR GDL TOUR HUB

Please read the guidelines fully before continuing. If you ask questions to which the answers are in the guidelines, you might not get a response from the team.

The GDL Matchplay is a knockout tournament that any GDL Tour Card Holder can attempt to qualify for. There are 4 qualifying events between April 10th and the start of the Matchplay finals, which is Saturday 26th June. 

The qualifying events give players the chance to either automatically qualify or earn enough Order of Merit (OOM) points to be one of the OOM qualifiers.

The winner of each qualifier will be given an automatic spot in the open and will be seeded 1-4 and the remaining 28 places will be given to the next top 28 players on the order of merit.

Players who win an automatic spot to the major are encouraged to play the other qualifiers still, as there are ranking points available for all events that will lead up to the GDL World Championships at the end of the year. There will be 64 qualifiers for each grades’ World Championship.

If an automatically qualified player wins another qualifier, there will be another spot added to the OOM qualifying list.

The “carrying over of ranking points (between qualifiers)” section determines if the Major requires any prelim matches.

 

Ranking Points

Ranking points will be awarded to players who play each event. The points are shown below and apply to all grades in the same way.

Qualifiers

Round Points
Winner
2000
Runner-up
1000
Losing Semi-Finalists
500
Losing Quarter-Finalists
200
Last 16 Losers
100
Last 32 Losers
50
Last 64 Losers
25
Last 128 (prelim) Losers
0
Last 256 (prelim) Losers
0

Majors

Round Points
Winner
8000
Runner-up
4000
Losing Semi-Finalists
2000
Losing Quarter-Finalists
1000
Last 16 Losers
750
Last 32 Losers
500
Prelim Losers
350

Carrying over of Ranking Points & World Championship eligibility

Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Majors)

Players who are identified for moving UP a grade by the GDL between Majors will receive the following amount of points towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for their new grades, depending on which point in the year they move UP:
 
  • Moved UP after the Open: 100pts carried to the new grade

(Note: this was recalculated after the expansion of the World Championships to 64 players per grade, in the interest of fairness to all players)

  • Moved UP after the Matchplay: 150 pts (Middle to Upper) or 125pts (Lower to Middle) carried to the new grade
  • Moved UP after the Grand Prix: 250 pts carried to the new grade

ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade

This has been calculated so that players moving UP a grade aren’t punished too harshly for improving their game but also so that players that are remaining in the same grade aren’t too harshly punished for new players joining the grade.

Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade. (These will be small amounts of points)250

 Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Qualifiers)
 Should a player reach a standard far greater* than their current grade DURING the qualifiers for a major, they will be moved up a grade. The following actions will then take place:
 
1. Accumulated OoM points will be carried over towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for the new grade, up to a maximum of the limit listed on the “Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Majors)” section for the previous Major
 
2. The player has the chance to qualify for the new grade Major. Qualification is confirmed by achieving one of the following:
 
     2.1 Player finishes in the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ in the new grade. The player would qualify for the new grade Major as normal, in this situation.
 
     2.2 Player plays 3 x qualifiers in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 70% (or greater) of the points that the player in 32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
 
     2.3 Player plays 2 x qualifiers in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 55% (or greater) of the points that the player in 32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
 
     2.4 Player plays 1 x qualifier in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 35% (or greater) of the points that the player in 32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
  
3. The player moving up a grade will NOT be eligible for the Major of the grade they just came from, based on being consistently 20% or greater better than the 3DA threshold
 
4. ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade
 
*standard far greater = must have reached the semi-final or better in a qualifier and be consistently 20% better than the grade boundary average
 
**If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM i.e 31st then 30th….
 
Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL between qualifiers will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ and Major for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade. (These will be small amounts of points)
 

***Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season becomes ineligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their 3-month rolling GDL 3-dart average moves above 7.5% more than the grade 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season remains eligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their GDL 3-dart average is within 7.5% of the grade 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

Players are eligible for one Grade World Championship only, the highest Grade that they qualify for.

Those who have moved UP a grade and deemed too good*** to qualify for the Worlds of the grade that they came from BUT failed to finish inside the top 64 of the new grade, are entitled to play a preliminary round at the Worlds for their new grade as long as they either reached a quarter-final or better in a major or a final of a qualifier in the grade that they came from. The preliminary round will be against the player ranked 64th in the ‘Race to the Worlds’ OoM. If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM i.e 63rd then 62nd….

The X players who have moved UP a grade but still eligible for the World Championship that they came from (see ‘Eligibility to the World Championships’ section) will be seeded 1 to X, in the order of order of merit points they won in the grade they moved from (and separated by standard tiebreakers if needed). This will then be followed by the top ranked players who remained in the grade, ordered by standard order of merit rules to make up 64 players in total.

Format

As you should be aware by now, there are three different grades of ability on the GDL Tour. These are:

64+ avg.

54-63.99 avg.

below 54 avg.

Each grade has its own qualifiers and its own majors. A 48avg. player won’t be facing a 78avg. player.

The qualifying event matches are all the same length. These are as follows:

64+ avg. Best of 11 legs of 501.

54-63.99 avg. Best of 9 legs of 501.

below 54 avg. Best of 7 legs of 501.

The Draw

The draws for each qualifying event will be made the day before each event is due to start. Once the draw is made, players can play their games immediately.

When the draw has been made, we will create the competition brackets on the website and you’ll be able to find them via the links below. If there are no links below, then that means the brackets have not been created yet, but will be when the draw has been made.

World Championships Q1

Deadlines:
L128: Tuesday 19th October
L64: Thursday 21st October
L32: Saturday 23rd October
L16: Monday 25th October
QF: Wednesday 27th October
SF: Thursday 28th October
F: Friday 29th October

Please respect your opponents and begin arranging as soon as possible. If you have valid reason for requiring an extension to a deadline, this MUST be agreed with the GDL PRIOR to the deadlines via a support ticket: https://gdl180.com/support

IF NO TICKET IS RAISED BEFORE THE DEADLINE, BOTH PLAYERS WILL BE TIMED OUT
Draws:

Grand Prix Finals

Deadlines:
L32: Monday 4th October
L16: Thursday 7th October
QF: Sunday 10th October
SF: Wednesday 13th October
F: Friday 15th October

Please respect your opponents and begin arranging as soon as possible. If you have valid reason for requiring an extension to a deadline, this MUST be agreed with the GDL PRIOR to the deadlines via a support ticket: https://gdl180.com/support

IF NO TICKET IS RAISED BEFORE THE DEADLINE, BOTH PLAYERS WILL BE TIMED OUT

FORMATS

ALL GAMES IN THE GRAND PRIX FINALS ARE DOUBLE IN DOUBLE OUT (DIDO)       * insert white flag joke here *

Lower Grade:

F: BO13 legs DIDO

Middle Grade:

F: BO15 legs DIDO

Upper Grade:

F: BO17 legs DIDO

Draws:

Cash prizes are available for reaching the last 8 of the major and beyond. The prize breakdown is as follows:

Quarter finalists: £50

Semi finalists: £100

Runner-up: £200

Winner: £400

This is the same throughout the grades.

When the match is completed, the winner must take a full screenshot of the result, including stats and go to the results page to submit the result

If you are playing on WDA, you must make a note of your first 9 average and email results@gdl180.com. This is because WDA doesn’t provide that data in the match summary.

We would prefer that you do not use dartconnect for your games, purely because it is difficult to obtain the stats from DC games.

Have a question? Check the guidelines and this page first.

We are a very small team. Smaller than you can imagine given the size of the operation (Our stats man is only 5’3″!). So we cannot deal with questions that have answers available on this website. Please search around for the answer before messaging us.

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