Thanks to all of you, Evo has attained record success, attracting literally thousands of tournament players year after year. A down side to all this growth has been the time that players have to wait between playing their tournament matches. But good news! In 2011 we’re instituting a new three-tiered tournament format that will allow us to run massively large tournaments while greatly reducing all players’ waiting time between matches. Find out how after the jump.
At Evolution 2011, all Pools will contain a maximum of 16 players. All your games in your initial pool will be played in a 2 hour session. The top 2 players from each Pool will move on to the Quarter Final round in the tournament schedule for later in the day. The top 2 players in the Quarter Final round will move onto the Semi Finals scheduled to start immediately after the Quarter Finals finish. Keep an eye on the Evolution 2011 Website after registration closes for a complete touranment schedule.
Why this is Awesome
For players that don’t make it out of their initial pool, this means you can sit down, play your games, and be out of there in under 2 hours. You can spend the rest of your time checking out the EVO panels, visiting our sponsor booths (where we have all sorts of un-announced surprises for you), getting your game on in the BYOC, or just checking out the sites in Vegas. If you’re in the top 15% and actually do make it out of your pool, the rest of the day is free: just be back at night to play the rest of your matches in the Quarter and Semi Finals.
Don’t be Late!
In the new system, it’s more important than ever for players to show up on time for their pool. In a 16-man pool, just 1 or 2 people being late can drag the entire tournament to a stand-still by blocking matches which need to be played to make progress in running the bracket.
In order to keep the tournament running smoothly and on-time, all players please remember to report to your pool promptly. Being just a few minutes late could result in disqualification from the tournament. We recommend planning on arriving to the tournament hall 10-15 minutes before your pool is scheduled to start to make sure you have time to find your tournament station and check in with the judge.
If you have questions about the new system, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll see you all at EVO!