For anyone looking to practice some expected value calculations, there is a format from Finland that is ‘interesting’ to say the least.
Link to the bracket is here:
It’s top16 double elimination bracket best of 5 on winners side and best of 3 on losers side.
This bracket has top4 double byes and top8 byes.
It has a weird 3-player match on losers side on second round,
Final is best of seven, but starting 1-0 for the player advanced from the winners side.
In my old standardized test days, I would just answer “C” and move on. I’m also all out of Advil trying to figure this out myself, so figured it was worth offering a math problem to the Bowen/Jeff Palmer’s of the world
Question about this year’s qualifying games though… If players have the option to skip qualifying completely and just be seeded into the bracket, should those games count toward TGP if some people don’t play them? Maybe that would depend on whether or not anyone actually chooses to go that route?
We’re kind of ignoring the fact that the B division winner enters the A bracket, so a person ‘not qualifying’ and then working their way through the B bracket to enter the A division will likely be more games played than the number of qualifying games played . . . so we’re calling it a ‘push’ for TGP purposes.
Sorry, I should have been more specific. I was referring more to someone who is A restricted and either chooses not to play qualifying games (unlikely) or doesn’t make it to Expo until after qualifying has ended and is randomly placed at the bottom of the A bracket.