Splinterlands | The Early Bird Cup!

05 / 04 / 2022 By Jacob Shrader

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Hey ZenSportsians!

On May 14, we will be hosting the Early Bird Cup, a silver league Splinterlands tournament! As you may have guessed from the title, the tournament will start early in the morning to cater to our audience in regions outside of the USA!

The tournament will take place on May 14, 2022 at 8:00am Eastern Time. There are multiple ways to qualify for the event, including a) ownership of a ZenSportsian NFT, b) top 4 placement in one of two qualifier tournaments, or c) buying your way into the event via an entry fee!


Early Bird Cup Tournament Details

The Early Bird Cup is a Silver League Splinterlands tournament with a $1,000 total prize pool. 

A silver league tournament means that despite how much collection power a single player has, everyone will be forced to play Splinterlands at the silver league ruleset. 


Date and Time: Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 8:00am Eastern Time 

Format: Silver league, double elimination, bracket-style in the ZenSports Play mobile app

64 players maximum. ZenSportsian NFT owners automatically qualify and can register for the tournament by following the instructions below. 

Entry Fee: Free for ZenSportsian NFT holders. $25 for non-NFT holders (in your cryptocurrency of choice). 

Registration: All players must register for the tournament in the ZenSports Play mobile app, and must subsequently check-in for the tournament in the ZenSports Discord server. All players will be given access to a special player-only channel as well as a specific role for the tournament.

Staking Bonus: If you want to win even more money from playing in our tournaments, make sure to check out our SPORTS Staking Rewards Program. The program rewards you for simply holding SPORTS tokens in your ZenSports account and playing in tournaments!

Prize Pools: The Base Prize Pool will be open to all players in the event. 

Base Prize Pool: (open to those players that own at least one ZenSportsian NFT, qualified via one of the specified qualifier tournaments, or who have purchased a tournament entry)

1st place: $500

2nd place: $250

3rd-4th place: $125 each

5th-8th: $50 each


Early Bird Cup Qualifier Tournaments 

Eight players will be able to qualify for the Early Bird Cup via one of two qualifier tournaments. These events will also be hosted at 8:00am Eastern, and will be located on the Splinterlands “events” tab

Qualifiers will be hosted by Janidepp and Wolf’s Den on May 8, 2022 and May 9, 2022. The top four players from each tournament will qualify for the main event on May 14, 2022. 

If you qualify via one of these events, please open a support ticket on our Discord and let us know you would like to participate in the Early Bird Cup. 


Tournament Entries

ZenSportsian NFT owners will receive an automatic FREE entry into the tournament. If you wish to play in the tournament but do not hold a ZenSportsian NFT, you can purchase a single entry into the tournament. Entry fee for non-NFT holders for this tournament is $25, and there will be $1,000 in prize money awarded to players (see exact prize pool above). Entries can be paid for in your cryptocurrency of choice within the ZenSports app.

How to Purchase a Tournament Entry for non-NFT Holders 

If you don’t hold a ZenSportsian NFT and wish to purchase an entry fee to this tournament, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Register for the tournament within the ZenSports Play app.
  2. Look out for an email from the tournament host, Jacob Shrader, with the different payment options.
  3. Pay your $50 entry fee with the currency option of your choice directly in the ZenSports app!

Don’t want to jump through all of the above hoops to pay for a tournament entry? Buy a ZenSportsian NFT instead and get in for free! If you play at least 9 tournaments per year, you’ll save a considerable amount of money by buying a ZenSportsian NFT. You can buy a ZenSportsian NFT here:



Terms & Conditions of Prize Payouts

1) The total prize money and allocation per place, along with currency that the prize money will be in, is set by the director of the tournament. Details of this can be found within the tournament in the ZenSports app (or in this blog post).

2) ZenSports automatically credits player wallet accounts within ZenSports for any prize money won at the conclusion of each event.

3) All withdrawal requests must be submitted directly within the ZenSports app.

4) All ZenSports customers must complete Know Your Customer / Anti-Money Laundering verification before any withdrawals of funds can be made.

5) ZenSports does NOT offer third-party payment options such as PayPal, Venmo, etc.

6) Players located in these countries are ineligible to win any prize money.

If you have any questions about the event, or would like to learn more about participating, head to our Discord and ask away!


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