A very interesting post surfaced via the Combo Breaker Twitter account today...
Apparently they are introducing a new twist to their bracket system this year, called "Three-Player Advancement Pools."
How does this work? Essentially, if a bracket has at least eighty-one players participating, each pool will have three survivors instead of the original two. To give a clearer definition, if you make Winner's Finals, you are guaranteed for the next phase of the tournament regardless of whether you win or lose. Both players that meet in what would normally be a match for Loser's Finals will instead be advanced to the next phase.
Why was this implemented? According to statistics gathered by the Combo Breaker team, one occurrence that jumps out to them in terms of frequency is double jeopardy, which is when two players that fought in Winner's Bracket would meet again in Loser's, usually in Loser's Finals. By introducing this new method, it will address that problem to a considerable extent.
Just to be clear, "Three-Player Advancement Pools" only affects the number of players that will survive each pool. It changes nothing else about how tournaments traditionally work. For a better understanding of the concept, we encourage you to read this explanation from their Tournament Director, CurlingW a.k.a. Max Wasserman.
Sounds intriguing? Might be fun for you to go to Combo Breaker and try it yourself! Be mindful that it occurs on May 26-28 at the Mega Center in Illinois! Venue will be open for 24 hours all three days of the week!
*hint, hint* TYM members ought to be aware that Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2 will share the stage at Combo Breaker.
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Combo Breaker 2017 will introduce "Three-Player Advancement Pools!"