Tournaments is a feature in Clash Royale that allows players to compete against each other in a short-term competition for Gold and Cards. Once you have reached XP level 8, you will be able to join Tournaments and Victory Challenges as well as create custom Tournaments. Winning more matches in a Victory Challenge before reaching three losses results in progressively better rewards, and ranking higher in a custom Tournament results in better rewards.
There are two types of Victory Challenges: Classic Challenge and Grand Challenge. Players can join either one at any time.
The Classic Challenge costs 10 to enter, while the Grand Challenge costs 100 to enter.
Once the Challenge has started, players will be able to battle. The challenge lasts indefinitely and a battle can be started at any time.
The player will be matched with other players who have the same number of wins as them.
The number of wins accrued by the player will be recorded in a purple shield, while the losses are denoted with red X's, placed within boxes.
During the Challenge, the player will be able to see the prize that they have accumulated, and the prize awarded on top of their current prize for the next win.
Once the player has won 12 times or lost 3 times in total, the Challenge will automatically end, and the player will receive a Chest containing their current prize (or top prize, if they have won 12 times). The player will then get a chest containing the rewards that he/she can immediately open.
The larger the size of the tournament, the higher the Gem cost. A larger tournament size will allow for more players to join the tournament and will provide larger rewards.
The creator of the tournament pays the gems. Participants do not pay gems to enter the tournament.
The preparation time is fixed at 2 hours, and the duration of the tournament is fixed at 1 hour. During the preparation period, the host of the tournament can choose to start the tournament early.
There are three options for making a tournament, a host may set:
Open - Where anyone can participate in the tournament
Password Protected - Where players must enter a password to join the tournament
Closed - Where no one can join the tournament
Players will join a pool. In that pool, only players participating in the tournament can battle each other.
Participants can battle others in the tournament at any time by pressing the Battle button in the Tournament interface.
Tournament battles have the same mechanics as regular battles except that there are caps on the levels of cards and Crown Towers (discussed below).
In Tournaments, there is a separate trophy system from the player's trophies. If you lose a battle in the tournament, you won't lose your real trophies, but you will lose tournament trophies. The number of tournament trophies a participant has determines his or her rank in the tournament. Tournament trophies are reset for every Tournament you join.
While not in battle, you can spectate players that are currently battling others in the Tournament, by tapping on the red button with an eye. This can be done even if you are not in the Tournament.
Tournament Standard Caps
Tournaments and Victory Challenges will use Tournament Rules, just like in Friendly Battle.
This means that a player whose King level and/or card levels are higher than the caps will have his or her levels reduced to the cap. If the King level or card levels are lower than the cap, they will be unaffected.
In addition, the length of overtime will be 3 minutes instead of 1, as in Friendly Battles, to minimize draws.
Victory Challenge Chests
The player is guaranteed a prize simply for entering the Challenge. This prize increases for every win they get in the Challenge.
The Chest awarded contains the amount of gold stated in the prize, as well as the number of cards stated in their prize. Every 10th card will be a Rare card, while every 100th card will be an Epic card. There are no Legendary cards guaranteed within these chests.
Custom Tournament Chests
Tournament Chests are won through ranking in a Tournament.
At the end of the Tournament, the top 3 participants will be given chests with a fixed number of cards which depends on the size of the tournament that was created by the host. The second prize will contain 60% of the number of cards that are in the top prize, whereas the third prize will contain 40% of the number of cards that are in the top prize.
The remainder of the top 20% of the tournament will receive Tournament Chests. The amount of cards in this chest depends on that player's final rank in the tournament.
Once a Tournament Chest is won, it has to be opened before the player can participate in another tournament. They can take up to 2 days to open, but smaller chests will take less time to open. Like other types of Chests, the opening can be sped up with Gems.
In addition to cards, Tournament Chests will also contain Gold. The amount of Gold in the chest is 7 times the number of cards in the chest.
The contents of cards in a Tournament Chest follow a fixed rule. Every 10th card is a Rare, while every 200th card is an Epic.
They were revamped on 19/9/16 with the September 2016 Update with a new mode called Challenge Mode. The other mode of Tournaments was then renamed as Custom Tournaments, where it was greatly simplified - with the change of numerous features such as:
Removal of customizability of duration of preparation and tournament
The original nine sizes were cut down to just four
The proportion of prize brackets were decreased, from the top 50% to the top 20%
The gem costs were greatly decreased, with the cheapest Tournament now costing 100 instead of 500, and the most expensive Tournament now costing 10,000 instead of 250,000.
The chest rewards were greatly reduced as a result of the above change - the largest Tournament Chest contained only 2,000 cards as opposed to 15,000 pre-update.
Clan tournaments would show up in place of public ones.
The 13/3/2017 Update allowed crowns gained in Victory Challenges to count towards the Crown Chest and the Clan Chest.
The 12/6/2017 Update allowed wins in Victory Challenges to count towards wins in the Player Profile.
On 9/10/17, the October 2017 Update removed the full refund in Custom Tournaments if no matches are played. It also allowed 2v2 Challenges to be played with friends.