Invitation to the Mafia Championship (Season 11)

Who should the Smogon Representative be

  • M2H

    Votes: 14 66.7%
  • Celever

    Votes: 7 33.3%
  • Realiti

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Ahoy there! :)

I’m very excited to invite your community to participate in Season 11 of the Mafia Championship.

The Mafia Championship is an annual forum-based tournament series that pits representatives from various online Mafia (aka Werewolf) communities against one another as they compete to determine the Internet’s greatest forum Mafia players. Each participating community democratically elects one person to represent them and be their “Champion”.

The tournament first started back in 2013. Since then, 380+ different communities and 50+ different nationalities have been represented.

It’s a super fun event that has created many new friendships and close bonds between communities. I hope that you would be interested in taking part :)


If your community wishes to participate, please confirm your participation to Lissa or Arapocalypse as soon as you can to secure yourselves a spot. Currently, the plan is to accommodate 120 communities this season. If there is further interest, additional communities may sign up as substitutes; generally there are some replacements needed both before and during games.

If your community agrees to participate, the deadline for selecting your representative is April 20th, but the sooner the better.

The games will take place on Mafia Universe. If it’s okay, I can link directly to the general discussion thread regarding this topic on Mafia Universe.

Important notes
  • You may decide yourselves how you want to elect your representative, but we highly recommend some sort of democratic process (public nominations followed by a poll usually works out well).
  • In addition to electing a representative, you should also name an alternate (a back-up) who will be asked to step in if the first choice needs to back out.
  • Your representative should be prepared for having to read upwards of 600-700 posts per 24 hours during the early stages of the game. Additionally, there’s a requirement that each player must make at least 10 posts per Game Day. Only active players should apply/participate. I repeat: Your chosen player needs to be able to promise a good amount of activity on a daily basis!


The tournament structure
120 communities will participate, each sending one representative.
  • QUALIFIERS: 8 Qualifier Games will be played, consisting of 15 players each. I.e. every representative plays in one Qualifier Game. The players themselves vote post-game to determine who is deserving of advancement. 1st and 2nd places will advance to the Semifinal Games.
  • SEMIFINALS: A Jury consisting of finalists from Season 10 will select 29* additional players to advance to the three Semifinal Games. From each game, five players will advance to the Finale Game based on a post-game player vote, just like in the qualifying phase.
  • THE FINALE: The Finale Game is played. Once it has completed, the winning team will receive the title of Season 11 Champions and a winner’s certificate signed by Dmitry Davidoff, the creator of mafia. Players will also vote for additional awards including Best Team Player and Best Sportsmanship.

*The semifinal/finale setups may be designed for more/fewer players than 15, in which case the amount of jury advances would be adjusted to match.

The qualifier games will be played using the Matrix Mayhem 5x5 setup (see below for more details), and the semifinal/finale games will be played using a different setup(s). The semifinal/finale setup(s) will be finalized around the end of June, for which the candidate setups are detailed here.

This year’s qualifier setup: Matrix Mayhem 5x5
1Town 3-shot TrackerMafia 2-shot TrackerTown Motion DetectorTown Odd Night DoctorMafia Roleblocker
2Mafia 2-shot WatcherTown 3-shot TrackerTown Inventor (1x Track, 1x Roleblock)Mafia RoleblockerTown Odd Night Doctor
3Town JOAT (1x Track, 1x Doctor, 1x Roleblock)Mafia RoleblockerTown Even Night JailkeeperTown Motion DetectorMafia Odd Night Role Cop
4Mafia RoleblockerTown Inventor (1x Track, 1x Roleblock)Mafia GoonTown 3-shot RoleblockerTown Even Night Jailkeeper
5Town Odd Night DoctorTown 3-shot RoleblockerMafia RoleblockerMafia GoonTown JOAT (1x Track, 1x Doctor, 1x Roleblock)
The setup is determined by randomly selecting one row or column from the above matrix, and then adding 9 Vanilla Townies and 1 Mafia Goon. This will always result in 12 Town members (3 of which are Power Roles) and 3 Mafia members (1 or 2 of which are Power Roles).

  • For example, if Column A was randomly selected, the setup would be a Town 3-shot Tracker, Town JOAT, Town Odd Night Doctor, 9 Vanilla Townies, Mafia 2-shot Watcher, Mafia Roleblocker, and Mafia Goon.
Mafia flips will only reveal the alignment of the Mafia player, whereas Town flips will reveal the full role of the Town player.

The following roles are non-consecutive (cannot target the same player 2 nights in a row): Town 3-shot Roleblocker and Town Inventor (1x Track, 1x Roleblock).

Each of the Town JOAT's abilities may only be used once throughout the game.

Some alterations may be made to this setup before qualifiers start, but they will be minor if any.

Relevant mechanics info
  • Day start.
  • Majority elimination will not be enabled during day 1 and is not required at any point for the elimination. Starting on Day 2 and until MYLO/LYLO, majority will be enabled at 12 hours after SoD (in 36/12s and 48/24s) OR at 24 hours after SoD (in 72/24s). MYLO/LYLOs are exceptions, during which majority will be enabled immediately.
  • Tied votes will result in a player being eliminated at random from among the tied players.
  • No outside communication. I.e. you may not contact the other players outside of the thread (unless you are Mafia and wish to speak with your teammates).
  • Phase Lengths and Deadlines will be up to the players themselves (I’ll organize your representative into a game with deadlines that suit their preferences).
  • Thread is locked during Night Phases.
  • Votes are automatically locked in at LYLO
  • Mafia share a factional Night Kill, which is a single standard shot for their faction. The mafia factional kill is mandatory.
  • Mafia may communicate at any time.
  • Each individual player may make a maximum of 125 posts per day phase (this restriction is lifted 1 hour before day end).
  • The game will have a host to oversee everything and make sure everyone’s following the code of conduct, but otherwise the game is completely automated (automatic votecounts, thread locks and reveals alignments automatically, the bot receives and processes actions, etc.).


There will be 8 Qualifier Games, and your representative plays in just one of these. They will have start dates ranging from the end of April to mid-June. So in other words, as long as your representative can play sometime during that period, they should be good and I’ll make sure they get scheduled into a game that suits their schedule well. I.e. if your rep is busy until June, that isn’t a problem.

The Semifinal Games will be played in July/August, and the Finale Game sometime in August/September (whenever we can work out something that suits everyone).

If you want to get in contact with us ASAP, you can reach us on Discord at lissa2 (Lissa#8083) or Arapocalypse (Arapocalypse#0834).

Kind regards,


False Pretenses
is a Forum Moderatoris a Community Contributoris a Contributor to Smogonis a Battle Simulator Moderatoris a Smogon Discord Contributor Alumnus
we for sure have several players here capable of performing well in champs judging by noc games this year

if you're someone thinking about putting your name in the ring for the vote but you're worried about the intensiveness or commitment level required, you don't have a ton to worry about if you've played noc games on here recently. favors the competitive at heart, but it's honestly a good time
I would absolutely love to do this if I were chosen for it, but I would also throw in Duskfall, Clouds, and Celever as people that probably deserve it more.


the bear becomes the ringleader
is a Forum Moderatoris a Community Contributor
I would absolutely love to do this if I were chosen for it, but I would also throw in Duskfall, Clouds, and Celever as people that probably deserve it more.
Me, Clouds and Tommy have done it before, representing Smogon. Formally nominating you for the poll when it’s made, because I think new players getting the shot is even cooler than players who’ve done it before, and you’re more than capable enough
  • Love
Reactions: M2H
Me, Clouds and Tommy have done it before, representing Smogon. Formally nominating you for the poll when it’s made, because I think new players getting the shot is even cooler than players who’ve done it before, and you’re more than capable enough
I agree with this sentiment. If M2H is a strong NOC newcomer we should give them the opportunity to represent Smogon!
  • Like
Reactions: M2H

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 1, Guests: 0)