Tournament Format Changes

From the news yesterday:

“It’s been rather busy around here, what with all the changes being made to the Altador Cup tournament… What? You haven’t heard about the changes? Well – I will try to give you the quick run down. Now listen carefully! The Altador Cup officials have decided to change the tournament style up a bit, I hear. The biggest change is that there will no longer be a Finals bracket. Instead, there will be four rounds with each round lasting six days long– hold on a moment, will you? I need to take care of something.

Oh good, you’re still here. Anyway, as I was saying, each round will consist of three brackets with six teams in each bracket. And yes, don’t worry, we still have all 18 teams. Apparently each team will only play teams in their bracket, and each bracket is randomly generated. There is more, of course, but we won’t hear about it until the Altador Cup starts. Now move along, I’m rather busy as I still need to check the inventory on fan freebies that will be handed out soon… *mutters and walks away*”

Well, we’re getting a new system this year. Tons and tons of people are complaining already, but we really don’t know everything yet. People seem to be forgetting that *tons* of people asked for a shorter AC; this one will certainly be shorter.

We do know that there are three groups of six teams, four six-day rounds of play, two teams play each other twice in each round, no finals, top overall team at the end wins.

What we don’t know yet is how exactly the pools will be determined — will they all be random, or just the first round? We also generally don’t know how this will be balanced and fair (though I don’t think anyone should assume at this point that TNT doesn’t have a plan, as much as we like complaining about TNT). Also, we don’t know anything about potential break days yet, though I personally hope we have one after each round.

That’s about all the information I can think of, and I hope this works out well this year.

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3 Responses

  1. Its cool that they are changing stuff, but i kind of liked the old way, and hope this cup isnt to short

  2. I can understand that for those who play every day religiously the cup is long, but for me during the summer, I frequently get caught up with work or vacations, so the more opportunities I have to play over time the better for me. I rarely play every day.

    While we don’t know a lot yet, my biggest concern is how TNT will pick brackets. If you put a great team against 3 weak or unpopular teams it would make them more likely to be considered best overall, and if you took the 4 strongest teams against each other, would they still be considered for the “overall” best team?

    Nothing can be worse than the new yooyuball game for me, so the brackets don’t have me too agitated.

  3. I usually play every day but only for like 2-3 hours. I have to agree with the others and say that I would rather stick with the original finals format with the different tiers. I wouldn’t mind this new format if it wasn’t random rather teams have to earn a certain spot. I also used to like to be able to see my teams opponents for the entire week rather only showing that day. It gets me more prepared and ready. Other than that I am very excited that sign-ups are less than a week away and I cant wait to get playing again. Brightvale wizards FTW!!!

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