Hello, and welcome to LOUSY SMARCH MADNESS, the 29th Kongregate Gaming Tournament! Since the structure of this tournament is a bit different than you may be used to, the explanatory stuff here will run on a little longer than usual.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
Lousy Smarch Madness is the 29th Kongregate gaming tournament. It is structured after and will mirror the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, often referred to as March Madness. Because of this, with the exception of the qualifier and the opening round, you will be facing each other in a series of single elimination, one-on-one competitions. To advance to the next round, you merely need to outscore or beat your opponent.
The qualifier will work as you’re all used to; I have no real cap, as the opening round can accommodate any number of participants. For structural reasons, I will not end the qualifier until I have AT LEAST 68 players. There will be three qualifier games (see below): you only have to play one of them. If you prefer, however, you can play all three, which reduces the score needed in each of them.
The first round (THE REGULAR SEASON) may be more complicated than you’ve seen previously. There will be three games (representing different parts of the regular season). You will be ranked in each game. These three ranks will work together to create your RPI. The top 68 players by RPI will advance to the NCAA tournament!
Once in the NCAA tournament, you will be seeded according to your RPI. Thus, the highest scorers from the Regular Season will play the lowest scorers, working according to an S-shaped bracket. If this is confusing, please ask in this thread! I will do my best to explain. There will be a micro round during which the 68 will be reduced to 64. The 8 players in this round will be the 8 players with RPIs ranked 61-68.
After that you will be seeded according to RPI: #1 will play #64, #2 will play #63 and so on. You will not be reseeded once the round of 64 starts; any “upsets” in your part of the bracket will benefit you.
Half of the remaining field will be eliminated each round through these one-on-one showdowns. 64 will become 32. 32 will become 16. 16 will become 8, then 4, then 2. A final one-on-one, multi-game round will produce our champion!
Since some of you care about your tournament average, or whatever, your overall rank will be your place in the round you are eliminated based on your score that round. For example, if you lose against your opponent in the round of 32, but have the second highest score among the players who lost that round, you will finish the tournament at #18.
There is no official redemption round, as it doesn’t fit the tournament structure. However, since no-shows are worse than usual (since that person’s opponent advances automatically), I may allow for the best losing score for the previous round to enter under certain circumstances. This is still up in the air, and your input on the topic would be appreciated!
Because of the nature of this tournament, ties are especially problematic. Thus, in the event of a tie, overtime will kick in. In overtime, the competitors will have a short period (TBD) to post the best score in the overtime game.