Pool Play – Part 1


In the previous Bracketed article I explained why keeping the size of your double elimination brackets manageable was important. This week I’m going to start a 2-part article on the subject of using pools to resolve large double elimination tournaments.

In Part 1 I’ll discuss when an organiser should use pools to improve tournament efficiency. I’ll also talk about how to determine the correct number of pools you need and how you should go about seeding the players into those pools. Part 2 will then go into detail on how to run your pools once you’ve set them up.
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Don't a Pro Season 2

Hey guys if you remember a few months back kientan and Goswu collaborated on a podcast called Don’t a Pro, covering the Sydney scene.

Well since then Goswu have moved on to greater responsibilities (like admin of OzHadou along with Gamogo!). And kientan has stepped his game up to present Don’t a Pro in a new format (along with a new co-host bbbenson!). It will now be a vlog and below is the first episode.

This was shot a day before Sydney’s bbbenson and humanbomb flew out to America in preparation for EVO2011 (check out mutton’s post below for details to updates for streams twitter etc over the weekend). In this episode they also cover the upcoming ACL Finals held in Brisbane with guest JBHewitt, admin of LanSmash. As well as some new contenders into the Sydney fighting game scene!

Feel free to leave any feedback and keep an eye out for episode 2 when they try to interview those that attended EVO!

EV0 2011 this weekend!

EVO is this weekend guys!

The worlds largest fighting game tournament will feature a hefty visiting Australian contingent. HumanBomb, ToXy, Somniac, Benson, Carnage, Heavy Weapons, Sol T, EX355UM, Pyro, Naruga, Tom, NickCC, Bugsimus and more.

Tune in at Stream 1 and Stream 2 (to be updated) this weekend to cheer on our boys! Follow updates from the Ozhadou EVO competitors thread.

Check out EVO’s master schedule here.

Follow EVO on twitter at evo2k. It’s going to be HYPE.

Size Does Matter


Over the last 10 years tournament organisers have become increasingly proficient at managing double elimination tournaments with large numbers of competitors. Since Evolution started using double elimination pools to resolve brackets with hundreds of players, it has become common to see other large events use a similar format, with varying degrees of success.

This week I’ll talk about bracket sizes in double elimination tournaments. I’ll discuss why 64-player brackets and larger are bad and how to avoid using them entirely.
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BAM 2011 Announced!

The last major for the year has been announced. BAM 2o11 will be held on the October 1st and 2nd, at the CQ hotel on 123 Queen St., Melbourne.

Official games include:

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Blazblue: Continuum Shift 2, Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Registration is now live at http://bam.couchwarriors.org/!

Visit the BAM 2011 thread for more information and discussion.

Tools of the Trade


Welcome to Bracketed, a new series of blog articles on the subject of fighting game tournaments. While there’s an abundance of fighting game content online these days, the subject of tournament organisation is rarely discussed. Since OzHadou has always been about “Australian tournaments”, I thought the OzHadou blog would be a good outlet for me to share my experiences and opinions on running tournaments. I’ll be aiming to cover everything and anything relevant to tournament organisation, with the odd tangent about anything FGC-related that might be on my mind.

To kick things off, I’d like to share a project that has been almost 10 years in the making, and something I’ll be referring to regularly in future articles – the Bracket Seed Generator.
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OHN9 top 8 match videos

OHN9 is over and Humanbomb (NSW) and NefeliousG/Tom (QLD) have emerged as champions in SSFIV and MVC3 respectively.

Hebretto is busy uploading the top 8 match videos at http://www.youtube.com/ozhadou as we speak, but for now enjoy the MVC3 Grand Finals between NefeliousG and Tyrone.

Update: SSFIV GF

ToXY flying to Revelations 2011!

Australia’s own TTC ToXY or Michael Guida is heading off to sunny Southern California to enter in Revelations 2011!

Melbourne’s best will get to test his skills against many of the best players in the world, and be sure to check him out on the Revelations stream to cheer on one of our own.

ToXY will also be repping the Hit Box at Revelations at the Hit Box booth and in tournament if he feels he is comfortable enough.

In the meantime, he will be staying in SoCal for about a month, so we will also be able to watch him on Wednesday Night Fights!

One Weekend Till OHN9!

Just a reminder that OHN9 will be happening next weekend and if you haven’t done so, register here!

Please note we now have a special DIY venue entry fee of $25. Which allows you to enter DIY tournaments. However, you cannot enter any official tournaments nor casuals other than DIY. If you paid for a normal venue entry fee ($40), you are entitled to enter official tournaments; casuals; and DIY.