Speedruns are pretty commonplace in gaming culture these days. There’s always someone trying to beat a particular game as fast as possible and someone else who wants to beat that time.
Speedruns are ubiquitous and now, a group of gamers and amateur speedrunners is organising the International Spyro Grand Prix.
The International Spyro Grand Prix is a series of speedrun competitions, played on the first three Spyro the Dragon games.
International Spyro Grand Prix
The International Spyro Grand Prix was “inspired by New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual round robin tournament, the G1 Climax.” Three groups of 10 players each will battle it out, with the numbers in each group ensuring each contender races against the others at least once.
The speedruns that competitors will tackle are described as “weird” rather than any% or 100% runs. For example, some of the competitions so far have included;
- Race to 25 eggs
- Race to 100% Mushroom Speedway
- Race to complete 3 flights.
The International Spyro Grand Prix wants to emphasise fun as well as skill and competition.
Chasing the Dragon
The rules of progression for the Grand Prix stipulate the following;
The ISGP will consist of two preliminary rounds and a Grand Final. Round 1 will feature three (3) groups of ten (10). Each competitor will face every competitor in their particular group, receiving two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a loss. After all matches in Round 1 are completed, the top 2 competitors from each group will move on to the Semi-Finals. Competitor placement will be determined based on points received during Round 1.
In the event that 2 competitors finished with the same points, a determination on who will progress to the Semi-Finals will be made based on which competitors each player won and lost against. For example, player’s A and B are finished on the same amount of points and player C finished third in the group. If player A lost to player C yet player B defeated player C, then player B would progress to the Semi-Finals and player A would be eliminated.
The Semi-Finals will feature six (6) competitors, 2 from each group. The top ranked competitors from each group will playoff against a second-place competitor from one of the other groups. This will reduce the field down to 3 players.
Finally, the Grand Final will be a traditional triple threat match with the winner being crowned the World Speedrunning Champion.
Competitors will be playing;
- Spyro the Dragon [NTSC/PAL]
- Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage/Gateway to Glimmer
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon [NSTC/PAL]
- Spyro the Dragon [NTSC-J] [Japanese]
- Spyro x Sparx: Tondemo Tours [NTSC-J] [Japanese]