Handling draws in tournaments?


#1

In casuals the other day, I came into a situation where both a friend and I ended a game in a draw. Anyone know if there’s a standard way to handle this situation in tournaments? I could think of 2 options:

  1. Both players win a game (this wouldn’t really help if both players already won one game in a best of 3 set).

  2. Both players don’t win a game and run it back (most likely the way I’ll go if there’s no standard).


#2

Second option I suppose…In games that have tie-breaker criteria (score, overall damage output, whatever) and decide a winner anyways, you should go with who the game says was the winner (though a lot of people argue a rematch should be done anyways)

It matters little tbh, whatever you do, just make sure the rules are clear beforehand


#3

Tie breaker match?


#4

Had this happen at West Coast Warzone, I was up 1-0 and we had a double KO. Ended up having to replay that match instead of giving a win to each player. Pretty sure thats the standard way to handle it


#5

It’s really up to the tournament director and his set of rules at that particular event, but the standard (commonly accepted) practice is as you wrote in your 2nd option: to award neither player the “game point” and replay that game.

While less common, it’s not unreasonable of organizers to opt to only use a tie-breaking method if awarding a game point to each player will end the whole set (like the situation in Pimp Willy’s above post); otherwise they will award one game point to each player (example: this can be done for the first game in a set that is best 2 out of 3 games).

Other possibilities are:

  • Flip a coin to break the tie. (This is typically an unpopular choice with the players!)
  • Some games, like 3rd Strike, have some sort of built-in judgement factor to decide a winner for you in the case of a draw game. Each tournament can, of course, choose whether or not they will use them. For what it’s worth, Evo does use them.