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CoD: Modern Warfare 3 Structure - 2012


Modern Warfare 3 4v4

The 2012 Circuit - How It All Works

ACL tries to accommodate newer players/teams by providing a minimum number of games while remaining truly competitive in its structure. This ensures more social players get a good run in a competition without being 'knocked out' prematurely. This helps to encourage LAN attendance and growth in our community.

The 2012 Pro Circuit will involve:

  • Online competitions
  • Regionals Live Events
  • Nationals Live Events

Seeding points are awarded to the top 24 placing teams in all categories. These points help to determine the ranking of players and teams. In some instances, teams with the most points will gain automatic entry to the next level of competition in reward for their previous results.

The structure for each competition differs slightly based on certain variables for online and Live Events. By and large, registration numbers effect how the tournament will be run.

Online - 4v4 Games

LESS THAN 24 TEAMS – No Segregation:

  • Pool Play
  • Double Bracket Elimination

Teams will enter into one round of pool play. Based on the win/loss ratio of teams, and tiebreakers where necessary, we will have seeded a 16 team double elimination bracket. From here, we commence the bracket phase of the competition until all but one team has been knocked out. Placement rounds help to decide 'tied ranks'.

MORE THAN 24 TEAMS – Open/Invite Segregation:

  • Pool Play
  • Open Double Bracket: 9th-24th ranked teams
  • Invite Double Bracket: 1st – 16th ranked teams

Typically, Open teams will enter into pool play until we reach, through elimination, the top 16 teams of the Open system.

These 16 will enter into a double bracket elimination to determine the order of teams in that system. Teams who place 9th -16th place in the Open Double Bracket are knocked out of the entire competition, but will receive points for placing 17th – 24th overall. Teams who placed 1st – 8th in the Open Double Bracket will progress through to the Invite Double Bracket and take seeds 9th – 16th in the Invite system.

Invite teams will ALSO be involved in pool play. They will be in ONE pool of eight, and play each team in a best of three series. This will give us more accurate seeds for 1st – 8th for the Invite Double Bracket, where they meet the best 8 teams from the Open system.

Regionals Live Events

These events will involve:

  • Pool Play
  • Single Elimination Bracket

National Live Events

National Live Events are run on a similar proviso as an online tournament, depending largely on attendance figures.

LESS THAN 16 TEAMS – No Segregation:

  • Pool Play
  • Double Bracket Elimination

16 TEAMS OR MORE – Open/Pro Segregation:

  • Open Pool Play
  • Pro Pool Play
  • Invite Double Bracket: 1st – 16th ranked teams

*Pool Play will ensure a minimum number of games will be played, but regretfully any team who does not qualify for the top 16 after pool play will not progress in the tournament.

Pool size and structure depends largely on attendance numbers.

Pro Status

In 2012, the status of who is a Pro Player or a Pro Team is based on the results at both National Live Events and Online Competitions.

A Pro Player has:

  • Placed Top 4 at a Nationals Live Event
  • Placed Top 2 in an Online Competition

A Semi Pro Player has:
  • Placed 5th - 8th at a Nationals Live Event
  • Placed 3rd - 6th in an Online Competition

Points - 4v4 Games

Click here for a graph of point distribution

There are THREE components to the points system, each with their own weighting. Here they are listed below:

  • Overall placing online - 40%
  • Overall placing at Regionals Live Event - 60%
  • Overall placing at Nationals Live Event - 100%

So, teams ranked 1st - 24th will receive points, in any of these competitions. The points distribution table can be found above. We will present the data for awarded points in tables. Ie - Best Online points, Best ACL Regionals points, Best Overall Nationals Placing points. Of course, these will be added together to create TOTAL POINTS in our season ranking system, Stats Central.

Seedings & Finals Event

At this point of writing (January 2012) - we cannot confirm the structure of the Finals event other than this statement: Seeds 1-8 over the entire season are guaranteed a place and their seed in the Finals event.