Legend of The Stars 2022 Qualifier 2

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Hello and welcome everyone to the second Qualifier for Legend of The Stars 2022 Championship.

The top 4 players of this tournament will fill the remaining 4 slots for the LOTS group stage.

Player who have received invites are not eligible to participates player who have also won slots via the first qualifier are not eligible to participate.. (A list can be found here).

This is a 1v1 Double Elimination bracket with BO3 games in the winners bracket and BO1 games in the losers bracket.

The bracket will be seeded based on ladder rating. Each BO3 will consist of a 5x5, 10x10, and 20x20, played in that order.

This tournament is only open to players currently placed in 1v1 Diamond, Masters, Grandmasters, and/or those with 1500+ ladder rating.

There is no maximum number of players. The number of BO1s vs BO3s in the winners bracket will be adjusted to ensure a timely tournament.

All standard tournament rules apply.

Signups will close 15 minutes before the start time (December 3rd 1445 UTC).

Date: December 3rd
Start Time: 15:00 UTC
Chat: /join #Qualy2
Challonge: https://challonge.com/zn70sb4p
Tournament Directors: Swkoll
Stream: twitch.tv/faflive

Prizes:
The top 4 players will advance to the LOTS 2022 Group Stage.

To signup leave your FAF name and ladder rating in a post below.

Map Pool:
5x5
Blasted Rock
Desert Arena - FAF version
Esgaroths Ruins - FAF version
Firelight

10x10
10x10 Mapgen - Tournament
Eye of the Storm - FAF version
Festea VII
Open Palms
TAG_Craftious
The Pyramid V2
Turle Rocks
Twin Rivers

15x15 Mapgen - Tournament
17.5x17.5 Mapgen - Tournament

20x20
Crossfire Canal
Forlorn Fjords
Point of Reach v4
Roanoke Abyss
The Bermuda Locket - FAF version

Signups:
Turin
WoundedElkNoob
Jagged
Bully
Shen
archsimkat
StormLantern
Grunti
NOC
Karateka

Qualified Players:
Turin
Arch
StormLantern
Shen

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Maybe a nice idea to randomize the order the map sizes are played in? Currently a BO3 always starts with 5km, followed by 10km and in case of a 1-1 they play a 20km. This favours players that are better at smaller map sizes.
You could argue that this will make tournaments last longer, but it's also kind of weird how the players have to play a 20km (most likely to take longer) after already having played 2 games.

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@bulliednoob One of the biggest complaints I've received over the years is that tournaments last too long, so I when I design tournament formats I try to optimize for tournament speed while preserving competitiveness. If I did a BO3 that was in the order of 20km -> 10km -> 5km, I'd expect it would add on average about 10 minutes to each BO3 round, adding about 30-40 minutes to overall runtime. Considering that this format can run between 6 to 7 hours already, I'm not inclined to do anything to extend that length.

I also do not think the current order favors players who do better on small maps in a significant way. If you are going to win the BO3 you still need to win 2/3 map sizes, no matter what order they are played in. I'd argue the fact that the loser's bracket contains about half 10x10s and half 20x20s with no 5x5s favors players who are better at big maps in a much more significant way.

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@swkoll said in Legend of The Stars 2022 Qualifier 2:

I also do not think the current order favors players who do better on small maps in a significant way. If you are going to win the BO3 you still need to win 2/3 map sizes, no matter what order they are played in

That isn't really how it works though. It still favors the player that is better at 5km maps since he's naturally under less pressure playing the 10km map since he's 1 game up.

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@thewheelie There's probably some implicit psychological advantage to being up 1 game in a BO3, but I think it's quite small and not worth making the tournament longer to correct for it. The loser's bracket having 0 5x5s is definitely a much larger disadvantage for player's who prefer smaller maps.

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A bracket will probably be held up by two players playing the full 3 games, so I don't expect two players playing a 10km and 20km will delay a tournament. Let's also not forget the not-so-rare occurence of players having draws on 5km maps, meaning they need to replay -> more time needed.

Also, let's use two hypothetical equally skilled players, although ones strongest suit is 5km, 2nd 10km, 3rd 20km, while the other is best at 20km, 2nd 10km, 3rd 5km. How exactly does the first player not have an advantage here? He has a high chance of winning the first game and a ~50% chance of winning the 2nd game. If the small map player wins the 2nd game, the big map player won't have a chance to play to his own strengths

Having no 5km maps in the loser's bracket does benefit players who are better at large maps, though, yes

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5x5 players on FAF are totally extinct after being ignored and disadvantaged in tournaments for the last thousand years.

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I haven't done the full stats, but upwards of 70%+ of series in this format are 2-0. While the longest series is the limiting factoring in a tournament like this, the length of the 2-0 series matters a lot because they are vastly more common. My back of the envelope math is that I'd expect you'd add 20 minutes to a 2-0 series by swapping a 5x5 for a 20x20 on average, and a 2-0 series will be a binding constraint about half the time.

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@thomashiatt said in Legend of The Stars 2022 Qualifier 2:

5x5 players on FAF are totally extinct after being ignored and disadvantaged in tournaments for the last thousand years.

virgin 5x5 players needing tournies to sustain themselves vs chad 5v5 players thriving in bliss

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sign up 😃

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@rottenbanana A no your already qualified

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@swkoll said in Legend of The Stars 2022 Qualifier 2:

I haven't done the full stats, but upwards of 70%+ of series in this format are 2-0.

from this we may conclude that upwards of 70%+ of the players are small map players 512861155874570241.webp

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@Lord_Asmodeus Hi am i too low ? diamond IV 1236

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if not, then sign up

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@Karateka it is open to anyone in Diamond or above rank so yes you can play

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@Lord_Asmodeus ty, so, sign up

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