This is a thread to discuss Northwest Majors. I’d like to talk about having a large tournament, whether it be in Seattle or PDX. I think those are the best two candidate cities, at least. Vancouver is another option.
Having a major tournament would be a big draw and motivation for people to practice. Doing this would benefit everyone in PNW. We would all collectively raise our level of play, and all collectively do better at Evo. In fact, having a record of holding such tournaments could be a strong argument in favor of having our own Evo qualifier. Wouldn’t it be great to have a chance at making the semis right here instead of flying to vegas and hoping you don’t run into Oh-Nuki in your pool?
With that said, here’s some categories we should discuss:
It’s already certain that the next evo will have 3s, ST, and MvC2. I think those are a great three to have. Three is a good number of games. They are diverse, have a good following across SEA/PDX, and guaranteed to be at Evo. I don’t think we should have more games, as it’s a lot of work to organize and run tournaments.
This could be at someone’s house, at an arcade, at a convention center? It could be in Seattle, PDX, somewhere else? There’s also a ton of hotels around that rent ballrooms for events.
This could be on arcade or on console. I’m a fan of arcade (at least for ST), but I’m a realist and I understand the issues. There’s a lot to be said for console. That said, I would be happy to lend my cabinet for an arcade style tournament.
A tournament this size will have costs to run, whether it be renting a hotel ballroom or renting consoles. We should discuss registration fees and entry fees. Registration fees should really just cover the costs, and not be more. If there is any more it could go to prize money. Entry fees for a tournament could be whatever we want it to be. $20? $10? We should also pick a payout format. There is
Pay top 3?
Pay top 8?
Pay top 16?
Do we want one big double elim tournament? Does top 8 stay as double elim, or does top 8 reset and play round robin, japanese style? (I like this format btw). We could even do swiss style if there are enough tvs and consoles (that’s how magic: the gathering tournaments are run… you get to play every round no matter what your record is). If we had 32 players sign up for a game, we would only need a dozen or so consoles to run a decent swiss bracket.