The main reason we have instituted Divisional play, through the Eliters Division System (EDS), is to provide a new “playground” for a significant player base that wishes to compete regularly against comparably skilled opponents in Longer-Format Matches where luck is minimized and skill can be expected to determine the outcome.
The EDS Match Play Tournament Format will feature:
- “Big Points”, skill-based matches.
- Multi-day play with great flexibility of scheduling (you may, in theory, complete all your matches in a single day if you can schedule them).
- The opportunity to play all your EDS Tournament Matches against Players of a comparable skill level.
- Short-term Championship results after each 14-day Play Period, with YEPs payouts.
- Real-time ranking of Division A players on each League’s main page, showing the progress of matches played in this Championship Division.
- Long-term skill rankings in a new standalone Divisional Ranking System that allows Players to accurately evaluate their performance against specific individuals. Instant update of Eliters Standard League Rating, Ranking and Stats, with Match Wins and Losses, in addition to Tourneys and Victories results.
EDS Tournaments will be contested as a continuing series of True Round Robin Tournaments in a Match Play format, based on Divisional alignments. See the detailed graphical presentation of the Divisional System.
- EDS Tourneys will run continuously, over 2 Play Periods each month:
The Practice is to start the Period on time (Noon on the 1st and 15th) if the Division has 15+ Registered Players.
- The first Play Period starts the 1st of each month at Noon and ends the 14th at 23:59 PM EST.
- The second Play Period starts the 15th of each month at Noon and ends the 28th at 23:59 PM EST.
Divisions are given one more day to get 15+ Players; the minimum required to start the Period. Usually these Divisions are started as soon as the Events Director notices that there are 15+ Players or at Noon on the 2nd and 16th.
Divisions that did not have enough Players to start the Period on the 2nd day; the Period is cancelled for that Division.
- EDS Tourneys will be hosted by the HA, or an AA, or a Senior TD, at the HA’s discretion. The EDS Host will be called DPA (Division Period Administrator).
- Players will be seeded into Divisions, ranked as follows: Division A, Division B, Division C, and so forth.
- Each Division (except the lowest, called the “Division Z”) will have exactly 10 Players.
- Division Z will consist of anywhere between 5 and 14 Players, except when there are more than 264 Divisional Players entered in a single League. The Division Z size will be the Players above 250 already allocated to Divisions A through Y.
- In EDS Tournament play every Player completes a match against each other Player in his/her Division during each Play Period. In other words, every Player in an EDS Division plays 9 matches per Play Period, against common opponents, and rankings will be adjusted after each match within the Division.
- After each Play Period the Divisions will be realigned based on performance in the just-completed Play Period. In each Division except the A and Z Divisions, 3 players move UP, 3 players move DOWN, and 4 remain in place. Any Players finishing in the top 3 of their current division will move up a Division in the next Period. If they are in Division A already, they get another star and stay put.
- Eliters Tourney General Rules apply. This includes the same-name rule.