Welcome Back, everyone! To the 2021 edition of ProBots!
Time to kick it off with an author preview, where I highlight some of the key dates, changes and things to note regarding a new Probots season before the formal announcement. Giving eager authors time to contemplate strategies and features they may want to code in. In this post you’ll get generalized info aswell as some reasoning to consider.
To kick this off, format. The format will look very similar to 2020 ProBots, with the double-elimination bracket. The bracket will include the top 4 bot authors from 2020 Season 3 aswell as 12 Authors invited through AI Arena ladder.
Top 4 Season 3 2020:
Top 12 AI Arena Season 2:
RaphRR & Unusual (MicroMachine)
Rules will have some clarification around Draws, Bot in-game chat and changes to bot updates. Feedback about ‘Sniping’ of bots has been heard and though there are no intentions to remove it as an option from ProBots we are playing around with ways to make it more difficult and increase the risk factors of using your update to target a single opponent.
The following is a preview of the maps. New maps to the season are still under review for stability but if there are no problems these maps should be expected to show up in 2021 Season 1
- Catalyst LE
- Ascension to Auir
Probots will continue to run on StarCraft 4.10
Human vs ProBots Exhibition
Every season we end with a human vs probot exhibition. This year I am hoping to try different formats and to better showcase bots against (or with? ) humans and open the floor to new ideas. Leave suggestions!
AI arena Season ends - 2021-01-16T05:00:00Z
ProBots Arena Showcase 2021-01-30T05:00:00Z
First Submission Date: 2021-02-07T05:00:00Z
2021 Season 1 - Broadcast : 2021-02-12T00:30:00Z