How about a “team tournament?” I ran this by dbostick and Slez a while back and they thought it might be interesting, so here goes:
This isn’t the biggest of team tournaments as there would only be two teams. I am envisioning an elimination style team tournament. Perhaps 4 vs 4 or, if there’s more interest, 5 vs 5. All players interested in participating will throw their names into the available pool of players. I’m going to allow as many names in the pool that enter within a specific cut-off period.
I will then randomly select a “Captain” for each team. Each Captain will then select his next teammate in alternating fashion until both teams are complete. E.g. Captain 1 selects Player A, then Captain 2 selects Player B, then Captain 2 selects Player C, then Captain 1 selects Player D etc.
Again, the Captain that selects 1st will also be random–I’m literally going to flip a coin. Since the teams are relatively small, this selection process should, at most, take 3-4 days. For instance, if the Captains are posted on Monday, I would imagine that the 4 man roster would have been completed by Thursday. Captains will also determine the roster’s order. (Who goes first, second, etc.)
Then, on the designated tournament date, probably on the weekend of the roster assembly date, the teams would SET TIME aside for the hour-long single elimination team contest.
I’d create a 3-man room and act as the observer–I’d record the matches–and point of contact for any issues that arise. The winner of each contest will stay in the room and invite the next opponent until all members of a given team are eliminated. If connection issues occur, we’ll go through all the usual HDR crash protocol: quit the game, restart it and then I will reinvite both participants.
In my experience, people who live on HDR on most days of the week become mysteriously and incredibly busy come tournament time. I would hope that a small pool of competitors and a brief format would facilitate participation even by the flakiest and gun shy of entrants.
I understand that there are live tournaments on the weekend of June 18th so, if you have the opportunity, please go support them. But, if you’re like me, and live in a region that does not necessarily host HDR tournaments or you simply cannot make it out to the in-person events, please sign up. I promise that you;ll have fun.
With all that said, do we have any takers? Anyone willing to put their hectic lifestyle aside for one measly hour on one measly day of the weekend? Come on…you know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it.
[LEFT]**DATE: **Saturday, July 9th[/LEFT]
[LEFT]TIME: 4 PM EST[/LEFT]
4 man roster per team
Sign ups close at midnight Wednesday (technically Thursday morning) June 16th at 12 AM EST
I will post Captains here by 1 AM EST on Thursday June 18th
Captains must post their rosters selections here by midnight Friday (technically Saturday morning) June 18th at 12 AM EST
Single Elimination (One and Done)
Default speed 3
I will create the room and invite the participants. Matches will be recorded.
[*]Players will have 2 minutes to report for their matches. If a player fails to show for his (or her?) match or fails to communicate with me regarding room connection issues, the player will be disqualified. In this event, the next team member will have 2 minutes to begin.
If you have any questions or concerns, please post them here or send me a PM. Thanks!
- Big O
- Sweet Poison