### 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

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**Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:12 pm**Good Evening,

After deliberating about potential field sizes, PACE has decided to run a sixty-team format for the NSC this year. There will be three stages of play.

The sixty teams will be broken down into 10 evenly seeded brackets of 6 teams. The top two teams in each bracket will automatically advance to the top tier during the second stage of play. In addition, four wildcard teams will advance to the top tier. Each of the ten third-place teams from the preliminary brackets will be eligible to advance as wildcards. All ties (including ties for third place, and thus, eligibility for the wildcard procedure) will be broken on minimatches.

The ten third-place teams will be seeded 1-10 based on bonus conversion. Any ties will be broken using bounceback percentage (or a coinflip if still tied). Four teams (seeds 1 v. 8, 2 v. 7) will play single matches on a full packet to determine two of the wildcards. Four teams (seeds 5 v. 10, 6 v. 9) will play half-packet matches. The winners of those half-packet matches will play the 3 and 4 seeds to determine the other two wildcards. The 3 seed will play the weakest seed that advances, while the 4 seed will play the strongest seed that advances.

The top 24 teams will be broken into 4 brackets of 6 teams in a snaking fashion, so that all brackets are of even strength. The remaining 16 third and fourth seeds, plus the two strongest fifth seeds in PPB, will be placed in 3 even brackets of 6 teams to make up the second tier, which will consist of teams eligible for 25th-42nd place. The remaining fifth seeds and the sixth seeds will make up the 3 even brackets of the third tier, which will be eligible for 43rd-60th place.

Teams will then play a 5-game round robin within their bracket. In all tiers, the teams will advance in pairs (

Team will not replay the game against the common opponent who advances from their Stage 2 bracket; that game will count as already played. Teams will play a full round robin, which will consist of 6 games for top-tier teams or 4 games for second- and third-tier teams.

The top two teams in the top Stage 3 bracket will play a final unless the top team clears the field by two or more games. The final will be advantaged if one team has a one-game lead on the other, or a single-game, winner-takes-all format if the teams are tied in record.

RULES:

The rules for the 2011 NSC can be found in a DOCX format and a PDF format on the PACE website.

Thank you,

Gautam Kandlikar

After deliberating about potential field sizes, PACE has decided to run a sixty-team format for the NSC this year. There will be three stages of play.

*Stage 1: 10 brackets of 6 teams, 5 games for all teams. To be played Saturday morning.*The sixty teams will be broken down into 10 evenly seeded brackets of 6 teams. The top two teams in each bracket will automatically advance to the top tier during the second stage of play. In addition, four wildcard teams will advance to the top tier. Each of the ten third-place teams from the preliminary brackets will be eligible to advance as wildcards. All ties (including ties for third place, and thus, eligibility for the wildcard procedure) will be broken on minimatches.

*Stage 1a: The wildcard procedure (10 third-place teams). To be played Saturday during lunch.*The ten third-place teams will be seeded 1-10 based on bonus conversion. Any ties will be broken using bounceback percentage (or a coinflip if still tied). Four teams (seeds 1 v. 8, 2 v. 7) will play single matches on a full packet to determine two of the wildcards. Four teams (seeds 5 v. 10, 6 v. 9) will play half-packet matches. The winners of those half-packet matches will play the 3 and 4 seeds to determine the other two wildcards. The 3 seed will play the weakest seed that advances, while the 4 seed will play the strongest seed that advances.

*Stage 2: 10 brackets of 6 teams; 4 championship-eligible brackets, 3 second-tier brackets, 3 third-tier brackets; 5 games for all teams. To be played Saturday afternoon.*The top 24 teams will be broken into 4 brackets of 6 teams in a snaking fashion, so that all brackets are of even strength. The remaining 16 third and fourth seeds, plus the two strongest fifth seeds in PPB, will be placed in 3 even brackets of 6 teams to make up the second tier, which will consist of teams eligible for 25th-42nd place. The remaining fifth seeds and the sixth seeds will make up the 3 even brackets of the third tier, which will be eligible for 43rd-60th place.

Teams will then play a 5-game round robin within their bracket. In all tiers, the teams will advance in pairs (

*i.e.*the top two seeds in each bracket will advance to the top playoff bracket in each respective tier). In Stage 2, there are 4 top-tier and 3 second- and third-tier brackets; consequently, the brackets in Stage 3 will consist of 3 top-tier brackets of 8 teams, 3 second-tier brackets of 6 teams, and 3 third-tier brackets of 6 teams. All necessary ties will be broken on minimatches.*Stage 3: 3 brackets of 8 teams (top tier), 3 brackets of 6 teams (second and third tiers); 6 games (top tier) or 4 games (second and third tier). To be played Sunday morning.*Team will not replay the game against the common opponent who advances from their Stage 2 bracket; that game will count as already played. Teams will play a full round robin, which will consist of 6 games for top-tier teams or 4 games for second- and third-tier teams.

*Finals*The top two teams in the top Stage 3 bracket will play a final unless the top team clears the field by two or more games. The final will be advantaged if one team has a one-game lead on the other, or a single-game, winner-takes-all format if the teams are tied in record.

RULES:

The rules for the 2011 NSC can be found in a DOCX format and a PDF format on the PACE website.

Thank you,

Gautam Kandlikar