It wasn’t so long ago that Crucible opted to take itself out of launch and move back into beta. (It was a couple of days ago, to be more specific.) That means the developers are now moving forward with changes with the new pool of now-beta-testers, starting with weekly playtest sessions in which the developers are playing and looking for active feedback. The first of those is occurring today, with playtest sessions split into two; one between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT, the other between 9:00 p.m. and midnight EDT.
Players can also look forward to tournaments continuing into the beta environment with cash prizes, with a larger bounty being paid out for the larger number of participants in said tournament. At fewer than 15 teams, the top 4 teams get paid from a prize pool of $1,000; meanwhile, with more than 32 teams, the top 16 teams get paid and the prize pool is $5,000. That’s certainly one way to motivate people into the competitive end of the game, at least.
We've just released a new update (which includes voice chat!). You can read the release notes here: https://t.co/hAyy0yHw2c
Remember that there's a playtest happening NOW through 2pm PT, and again from 6-9pm PT tonight!
— Crucible (@PlayCrucible) July 2, 2020