Competition has always been a constant driving force throughout human history. There has always existed an insatiable need within the human heart to prove one’s superiority over another person. Whether it be gladiators in the ancient Roman Colosseum, sports teams battling on their field of choice, or players squaring off in any type of game imaginable, players and spectators alike always want to know who is the absolute best. However, when it comes to truly determining this, the process can actually prove quite challenging.
Starting off by noting that he got 513th place out of 2,622 Street Fighter V players and 641st out of 1,278 Tekken 7 players this year at Evo, Gerald Lee begins a very intriguing and informative discussion about how these placings are essentially meaningless because they are shared with so many other people. He goes into the topics of seeding by tournament organizers looking to maintain the integrity of the event, so that the world’s best players don’t meet in round one of the bracket.
Lee also debates the merits of single-elimination/double-elimination vs. a round robin format, as well as the reason the FGC prides itself on running open bracket events. While invitationals like ELEAGUE’s Street Fighter event are becoming more popular, events like these reduce the chances of unknown players make big upsets.
It’s a great watch if you’re unfamiliar with how this process tends to work, or if you would just like a refresher course on everything. You can catch the video below, and be sure to give us your thoughts on the types of tournament formats you prefer, whether they be inclusive or exclusive, in the comments section below.