Match Play Events Open Thread

The preferred arena feature is only available for certain tournament formats. I’m guessing you’re planning to run a format where it’s not supported?

Assuming you have a format that supports it:

Click on the game from your arenas list and then:

Running a classics tournament this weekend, and there are a few areas in my arcade that have a high concentration of classic games. What I want to do is spread out the randomly selected games each round so that there aren’t 7 four player matches going on in one small room.

I thought I could do this with categories, but it doesn’t seem like it.

Games that are in areas with enough space around them could be in every round, but there are other spots where half of the games could be used in one round, and then the other half could be used in the next round.

So basically, at the beginning of the round, I want to choose which “bank” is being used, and the arena draws will come from that bank. Something like:

Bank 1
Paragon
Black Knight
Space Time
Playboy
Wizard
Doodle Bug

Bank 2
Paragon
Black Knight
Space Time
Captain Fantastic
Prospector
Frontier

Is there a way to do this? I swear I’ve been in tournaments that do something like: this round is EMs, the next round is SS, the next round is modern, repeat.

Why won’t categories do this? Call one bank A and the other B. Draw from A round one, then B round 2 and so on.

Okay, yes…they do.

I tried this the last time I ran this format, and was getting an error message (that I can’t remember now) so it was unusable. But…I ran a test tournament just now and it worked.

Under Category Banks in the matchplay documentation, it says: “Category banks only really make sense when the tournament is configured to have more than one game per round” and I guess that statement seemed to support it not working for me previously. So, I would respectfully disagree with the documentation!

Thanks Erik!

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That’s apples and oranges. Category banks is different from drawing exclusively from one category every other round.

Category banks will use arenas from different categories for each match within a group. So group 1, game 1 will come from category A and group 1, game 2 will come from category B and so on. If you only have one match per round then all groups will get an arena from category A. That’s not really what anyone wants hence the warning.

When you start a round you can limit the arenas used to a single category but that’s a separate filter that’s applied before the arena assignment algorithm starts doing its work

Delayed reply, but I have used labels to try to address this.

You have three sets of machines

Set 1
Playboy
Wizard
Doodle Bug

Set 2
Captain Fantastic
Prospector
Frontier

Set 1 and 2
Paragon
Black Knight
Space Time

In the Labels section of the Area, I add Set 1 to the six machines and Set 2 to the three others plus the three that are also in Set 1.

Then, when I do the draw I draw against the label.

Since only the first label shows up for display, when I did this I had 5 New, 5 Mid, and 5 Old machines. I made the Mid labels all ‘Mid, Old, New’.

When I drew rounds, I either did Old or New and then I had 10 machines available, 5 of which were available every round.