Please sign up in a response to this post if you'd like to participate in the trials. Any DoM duels which take place after the sign up time/date will be considered part of the Arcanist Trials. Participants who signed up last cycle will continue on into the current, but...
If you signed up and are participating in the trials but would like to opt out: Please respond to this post with your request to step down from the trials.
What is the Arcanist Trials?
Additionally, for those Mages seeking a challenge, starting next cycle we will begin the first Arcanist Trials. Mages seeking to enter the Arcanist Trials will forfeit their right to loss forgiveness above 15 WoLs in order to compete for prizes and the keys to Eternity Spire at DeAngelo Point, a newly unveiled remnant of Ragnarok Island currently floating to the northwest of Twilight Isle proper. DeAngelo Point will also be home to a soon-to-be-built Champions Hall, highlighting the history of Twilight Isle from the Isle's creation by Klytus of Regilius to the latest and greatest Mages and Keepers to grace the Isle's rings.
Arcanist Trials (AKA Hard Mode):
For those seeking more of a challenge once they hit Mage, we will offer the opportunity to still work for your record. This will come in the form of the Arcanist Trials. Long of the short, it'll be DoM Hard Mode (or the current mode pre-change really). Mages can opt in to having their losses included on the standings. Those taking part in the Arcanist Trials will additionally be ranked ROK style and the top Arcanist at the end of the cycle with a record of 50% or better will have the opportunity to choose between adding 5 WoLs to their record or a newly buffed Spirit Staff (see below for Spirit Staff details). They will also be given the IC benefit of Eternity Spire. Think of it as an exclusive little clubhouse to hang out for the duration of the cycle. It's a gamble, but a fun one at that! Second place in the Arcanist Trial will get the remaining prize.
By default, new mages will continue under the No Loss model unless they opt in to the Arcanist Trials (thread to come). Once you opt in, you can opt out at any point during the cycle. If you opt out, you cannot opt back in until the start of the next cycle. Your record will reset per existing loss forgiveness rules (ex: Record of 20-5 would reset to 15-0 upon opting out) on the next week's standings after opt out.
If the Arcanist Trial places a Mage below the 15 WoL threshold, it will be up to the (former) Mage to decide whether to opt out or not. Their losses will accumulate until they opt out, even if this means a loss in rank.
Spirit Staff Changes:
The new and improved Spirit Staff will allow for the use of EF in regulation duels as well as in challenges. The holder will be treated as a Keeper for the sake of EF usage by those they challenge. This also applies to Challenges for Archmage.
Example: Keeper challenges for Archmage, Archmage can use EF.
Spirit Staff holder challenges for Archmage, Archmage can use EF.
Mage ( No title / Spirit Staff ) Challenges for Archmage, Archmage can't use EF.
1. Xanth Van Bokkelen - Spring 2018 Cycle
2. Xanth Van Bokkelen - Spring-Summer 2018 Cycle
3. Xanth Van Bokkelen - Summer 2018 Cycle
4. Matt Simon - Summer-Fall 2018 Cycle
(For weekly results please visit the Ring of Klytus page in the DoM Standings)