This discussion popped up in another thread, and it was pointed out that this topic probably deserves its own thread.
I did a search and did not find an existing thread for this issue (how to create brackets at FG tourneys), so if there was a thread for this, my apologies.
The primary focus of this thread is to discuss and possibly answer the question: What is the ideal method for placing players in brackets in FG tourneys?
**Side questions are: **
Is anything other than 100% random bracketing…flawed or unfair?
How much human manipulation is too much? How much is acceptable?**
Is it actually BETTER to manipulate the brackets to ensure a somewhat even skill distribution across all the brackets?
Does the type of tourney (round robin, single elim, double elim, teams) impact the ideal bracket creation method?
The two most obvious methods are:
Purely random placement, no manipulation of the random results.
Humans manipulate the placement of players.
At MOST of the tourneys I have been to over the last year (more than 6 including SB4, MWC, etc…), I have seen players being hand picked for bracket placement based on skill.
For example, if you have Daigo and JWong battling through the brackets, you might not want them put in the same starting bracket for obvious reasons.
Likewise, it could be stated that if you did random selection, and you ended up with one bracket entirely composed of the highest skill players in attendance…that would also probably be regarded as bad for whole list of reasons. (And then of course the opposite is bound to occur - a bracket entirely composed of low skill players).
Now, as a tourney player (I have never run a tourney), I always regarded this as perfectly normal.
I have witnessed bracket creation at multiple tourneys and usually it goes like this:
Randomly generate brackets.
Move bad placements around until the overall picture is mostly random, but has the known top players as spread out as possible.
But with the discussion in that other thread, I felt this is a conversation the community could benefit from.
Please discuss this issue, I would love to hear opinions from BOTH tourney players and tourney organizers.
If you have never entered or organized a tourney before (online doesn’t count), feel free to participate, but please realize that without first hand experience, your opinion may be considered nothing more than conjecture.