Pro Bracket and Open Bracket - Online Competitions
Online competitions will feature a pro bracket and an open bracket. The Top 8 registered players on points gathered from previous tournaments will start the tournament in the Pro Bracket.
The Open Bracket will include any player outside of the Top 8 Registered players.
Online tournaments will take place over 5 days. Open Bracket Pool Play will take place on the first night of the tournament. The Top 2 teams from each pool go through to the Open Double Elimination, then depending on numbers, the next best players on Wins/Losses will fill out the bracket.
The Open Double Elimination is a standard double elimination format and will take place on the second and third nights of the tournament. The players who place 1st - 8th in the Open Double Elimination acquire the 9th - 16th seed for the Pro Double Elimination.
The 1st - 8th seed for the Pro Double Elimination is determined in Pro Pool Play, which is played one the weekend leading up to the tournament. Pro Pool Play is a single pool made up of all 8 Pro players.
The Pro Double Elimination is played on the final two nights of the competition. This consists of the 8 Pro players, seeded 1 - 8 from Pro Pool Play and the Top 8 players from the Open Double Elimination, seeded 9 - 16 from their placings.
IMPORTANT: All games will be at a scheduled time, meaning we give you the time you play and who you play. If you are not available for your fixture, you will forfeit a game for every 15 minutes you are late.
Pools will contain 4-5 players in each pool (depending on registration numbers). This will result in either 3 or 4 fixtures per pool. These numbers have been chosen to ensure every player who enters gets a good run of games against varying players.
Each fixture will involve a home and away leg. This means you play each opponent in your pool twice.
Each leg goes to penalties if a winner is not decided after normal time and extra time.
Pool Play Scoring System
If you win a leg, you receive a win. If you lose, you receive a loss. Simple.
Once all games in Pool Play are complete, the top players will be asked to compete in the double elimination finals bracket. The bracket size depends on the number of players registered in the competition.
Your seed for the double elimination bracket is based on how many games you win in comparison to how many games you lost. If players have won and lost the same amount of games, the higher seed is given to the player with the highest goal difference.
NOTE: Goals scored in a penalty shootout do NOT count towards goal difference.
A double elimination means that if you lose twice, you will not progress any further through the bracket. Those who are knocked out, however, must compete in placement rounds in order to secure their final placing.
Seeding for the bracket will be based on statistics from pool play in this order:
WINS/LOSSES > GOAL DIFFERENCE
These examples are based on a 16 player double elimination bracket.
- After LBR1 there will be 4 players knocked out. To battle for their placings, they must enter two home/away leg series. Highest seed vs lowest seed, then the two middle seeds. The winner of both will play for 13th & 14th. The losers will play for 15th and 16th.
- After LBR2 there will be 4 players knocked out. To battle for their placings, they must enter two home/away leg series. Highest seed vs lowest seed, then the two middle seeds. The winner of both will play for 9th & 10th. The losers will play for 11th and 12th.
- After LBR3 there will be 2 players knocked out. To battle for their placings, they must enter one home/away leg series. The winner will take 7th position. The loser will take 8th position.
- After LBR4 there will be 2 players knocked out. To battle for their placings, they must enter one home/away leg series. The winner will take 5th position. The loser will take 6th position.
- Failure to show up for a placement match will result in the player losing their right to challenge for their placing.
Rules for the circuit events, both online and LAN, can be found here