The Basics

  • Group stage / knockout stage format
  • 6 groups
    • Top 12 seeded, S-curve style
    • Remainder drawn
  • 8-team knockout
  • Teams in the knockout for the championship:
    • Group Winners
    • 2 best 2nd place teams
  • Remaining teams play full-length consolation games for ranking placement

The Schedule

kst to est

Group Stage

Knockout Stage

  • Teams selected into 4-team brackets
  • Selection done based on the formula described at the end of this presentation
Top 8 Win Win Win Win
Top 8 2nd 2 2nd 1 Win Win
2nd Four 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
3rd Four 3rd 4 3rd 3 3rd 2 3rd 1
4th Four 4th 2 4th 1 3rd 6 3rd 5
5th Four 4th 4th 4th 4th
  • Top 2 four team brackets (labelled Top 8 above) go to knockout for the championship
  • All teams in the top 8 have a 3 game guarantee, all others have 2 more games in 4-team brackets
  • Some teams may be switched with similarly ranked teams if necessary to avoid a rematch of a group stage game in the first round


Best 2nd place team?

To make this schedule work, we are required to rank teams that finished in the same places in each group against each other across all groups

That is, we need a top-to-bottom ranking of all six 2nd place teams, a top-to-bottom ranking of all six 3rd place teams, etc.

Each of these rankings to be done in this order:

  1. Points difference, neglecting the worst loss
  2. 2016 Final Ranking
    New teams assigned a ranking of 21
  3. Coin Flip
    Only necessary should two new teams need to be split in rankings

Why points difference neglecting the worst loss? Prevents being drawn against a very good seeded team from ruining chances at a good ranking for the knockout stages

Although this is a somewhat complicated calculation, these rankings will be calculated publicly on the website, and on display somewhere convenient in the venue, from the end of the last game on Thursday