Hosted by Giant Slayer TV and sponsored by Teamfight Tactics lead design Stephen “Mortdog” Mortimer and William “Scarra” Li, the three-day Top 4 Madness event featured a total of 128 players.
Unlike other tournaments and qualifiers taking place in TFT, the Top 4 Madness tournament stretched over the course of three days. Day one had the 128 players broken up into 16 total lobbies. Following three rounds of play, only the top four in each lobby advanced to the top 64.
Lobbies for the top-64 players each included two first, second, third, and fourth-place finishers from the initial lobbies. The top four players from the top-64 lobbies after four rounds of play on day one then advanced to the second day.
Day two featured the top 32 players, broken up into four lobbies. Only the top two from each lobby advanced to the finals after five rounds. The finals featured the top-eight competitors who competed in a total of five rounds to determine a winner of the Top 4 Mortdog Madness TFT tournament.
Only the top four players in each lobby had a chance to earn points, with first gaining 11 and second through fourth, 10. Fifth through seventh place finishes earned a player zero points per round and eighth-place finish was a minus-one.
Day one of the Mortdog TFT Top 4 Madness tournament featured a total of seven rounds played. Three rounds for the initial 128 players followed by four rounds in the top-64 lobbies. Gameplay was intense, featuring numerous comps in the top 4 of each lobby. Following the seven rounds, 32 players advanced to day two. A full list of every player in day one can be found here.
Here were the day two lobbies featuring the top 32 players following seven rounds played on day one:
- Dark Hydra
- Becca Fanboy
- Euneslayer Sage
- Live for the Day
- GOAT of PEST
- Sunny Lu
- Not Glider
- Eu So Jogo
Joining DOA on the central broadcast via Giant Slayer TV, Mortdog showed off his casting chops at day two of the Mortdog Top 4 Madness tournament. And there were more than a few intense battles as only eight players out of 32 advanced to the day three finals.
Following five rounds of play, competitors had to finish either first or second in their respective lobbies to advance onto the finals. Heading into round five, a number of players in each lobby had a chance for one of the two spots.
M35S and KCI advanced to day three with Luque just missing out on a tiebreaker.
Zugrug and KAN NAO easily advanced to day three.
Agon and Khroen of team Cloud9 advanced to day three with Sunny Lu falling just shy in round five of making the cut.
Eu So Jogo and Chwbk advanced to the final lobby while Cottontail fell just shy due to an eighth place finish in round three.
Day three final lobby
The top-eight point system changed for day three with players earning 10 points for a top-four finish in each round, and no points for those who finish fifth through eighth. Once a player earns three top-four placements, a first-place finish wins the tournament or the competitors in the final lobby need to reach 50 points after five rounds.
Agon and M35S were the first two players to hit 30 points as they sought a first-place finish in round four. They were denied by ChwbkNA, however, running a Star Guardian spatula on Vayne for incredible amounts of True Damage. Both players did place in the top four, though, meaning another top-four finish in round five would win the tournament.
M35S fell out in seventh playing Cybernetics while Agon dominated with Vanguard Mystic, utilizing three-star Mordekaiser as a main carry. Players continued to fall to Mordekaiser and Cassiopeia, along with Khroen on Master Yi and Blademaster. And it was Agon who earned the Mortdog TFT Top 4 Madness tournament title, securing a top four spot in all five rounds in the finals.