This is a poll regarding the upcoming PS4 tournament, and how we would all prefer to handle the bracket system. Up until now I expected to do a traditional bracket, I really hadn’t even considered other options. Then we hit nine people, My initial instinct was a nine man single elimination bracket, my team suggested that we do a round robin style bracket instead. Both have noticeable and reasonable pros and cons so I’ve decided to let all of us vote on it instead of just doing what I want, I’ll post the pros and cons to give you a feel.
Pros-It’s fast, single elimination. If you win, you progress, the opponents naturally fall off over time, this could be looked at as a pro or a con. Less, matches, less time consuming, it will only take about 3 weeks to complete, it’s clear, it’s easy.
Cons- It’s incredibly unfair. Simply put, it’s a seeded tournament. The only problem, I have no reliable way to rank you guys. All I can do is either random draw, or rank you by your in game global ranking. 1) ranking doesn’t determine skill, so we could potentially have the two best teams play in the first round. 2) we don’t have an even bracket, meaning not only does rank not represent skill, but lower rank players are at a notable disadvantage.
Pros- It’s fair. For those of you who don’t know, a round robin bracket is where every team plays each other once. If you win, you get a point. If you lose, your opponent gets a point. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament plays the team with the second most points to determine the winner. The team with the third most points plays the team with the fourth most points to determine third place. Incredibly fair and honest and reliable.
Cons-It’s slow, like really really slow. It will most likely take us around 10 weeks to finish the point gathering, not including the two finals. So far we have ten entries, meaning each team will play nine best of five series. That’s at least 27 matches per team, and at least 243 matches across the board. I mention this because somebody agreed to help shout cast matches and stream them on twitch, which is near impossible to do with 243 different matches, as opposed to the seeded tournaments 27 matches.
Democracy is life itself, so I’d love to get your feedback.
- Seeded Bracket
- Round Robin