THIS IS YOUR GDL TOUR HUB

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The GDL majors are knockout tournaments that any GDL Tour Card Holder can attempt to qualify for.

The qualifying events throughout the year give players the chance to earn enough Order of Merit (OOM) points to be one of the OOM qualifiers. 30* players from the main OOM receive a spot in the Major. Additionally, 2* spots are available for the brand new GDL extra OOM!

More to be revealed about this soon….

There will be 64 qualifiers for each grades’ World Championship plus potential ‘Prelim’ players (see World Championship Eligibility)

*Some Majors are 48 or 64 player competitions. In this instance, the number of qualifiers from each OOM is multiplied by 1.5 or 2, respectively.

 

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:
 
Pre-GDL Grand Slam: 75pts 

If moved after the Grand Slam, you will receive 50pt less than the player sat in the last automatic qualifying position for the given 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. 

 Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Tour Events)
 Should a player reach a standard far greater* than their current grade DURING the qualifiers (Tour events) 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. Player moving up a grade starts in the new grade with 25pts less than the player sat in the last position for the given Major race (for all except the World Championships, which is 50pts less unless moved before the first 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 automatic places 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 finishes outside the automatic qualification and extra qualification places for the new Grade, but 3month 3DA is still deemed far greater* than the grade they came from. The player would qualify as a ‘Prelim’ player for the new Grade in this case and play the player in the last automatic/extra qualification place in a preliminary match.**
  
3. The player moving up a grade will be eligible for the Major of the grade they just came from, if they finish outside of the automatic qualification and extra qualification places for the new Grade and their 3month 3DA falls below 
 
4. ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade (but see ‘Eligibility to the World Championships’)
 
*standard far greater = must have reached the quarter-final or better in a qualifier and be consistently 5% better than the grade boundary average (can include GDL League/League 3DA data too)
 
**If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM
 
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.
 

***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 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 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 automatic qualification places 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 in the last qualification place 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.

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 FOUR different grades of ability on the GDL Tour. These are:

Platinum: 66.5+ (ALL qualifier matches best of 11 legs)

Gold: 55.5-66.5 (ALL qualifier matches best of 11 legs)

Silver: 48.5-55.5 (ALL qualifier matches best of 9 legs)

Bronze: Under 48.5 (ALL qualifier matches best of 9 legs)

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

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.

GDL Tour 5

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

Deadlines

Last 128: 7th May

Last 64: 11th May

Last 32: 14th May

Last 16: 17th May

Quarter-Finals: 19th May

Semi-Finals: 21st May

Finals: 23rd May

Matches can be played ahead of time, but deadlines must be adhered to unless by prior consent via a support ticket

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

The event begins on 29th April and runs until 23rd May.

  Tour 5 DRAWS:

GDL Tour 6

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

Deadlines

L128: 24th May
L64: 27th May
L32: 30th May
L16: 5th June
Quarter Final: 7th June
Semi Final: 9th June
Final: 11th June

Matches can be played ahead of time, but deadlines must be adhered to unless by prior consent via a support ticket

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

The event begins on 20th May and runs until 11th June.

  Tour 6 DRAWS:

Prizes are available for reaching the quarter-finals of the major (main comp) and beyond. The prize breakdown is subject to a minimum number of entrants per grade over the course of the qualifiers of 200 players for every qualifier, as follows:

Winner £320 cash

Runner-up £160 cash

Semi-finalists £80 cash

Quarter-finalists £40 to spend at one of our voucher partners**

The winner of each qualifier will receive a £20 voucher to spend at one of our voucher partners.

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.

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