Many of you have speculated that with the addition of Division 1+ our playoff format has changed. In this post we outline the changes that are coming up. To start off, we want to share the objectives we had in mind when changing playoffs:
The most impactful changes are:
How do you get into the playoffs? The top 8 of each division will go onto a single division, single elimination bracket.
How will we seed the bracket? The top 3 teams of each division will pick their opponent from the team's placed 5th to 8th as follows:
If you are eligible to play in the playoffs, you are given your best-of-3 quarter-finals on Saturday as soon as round 10 finishes. If teams finish their quarter-finals early, they are able to start organising and playing their best-of-5 semi-finals.
Why is the quarter finals a best-of-3? We decided on a best-of-3 quarter-finals as there is a limited time to organise for a match and finding the extra time to play a best-of-5 could be problematic for some teams. At semi-finals level there is slightly more time and half as many teams, so conflicting schedules is less likely to happen.
Many of these changes were made because of our community feedback session back in December. As always we will keep a keen eye on your feedback, try to answer any questions you have, and once again hold a survey after the season ends.
23rd of July - Last day to play Round 10 matches
24th of July - Rigging of playoff quarter-final matches
30th of July - Last day to play Divisions 4 to 7 quarter-final matches
6th of August - Last day to play Divisions 1+ to 3 quarter-final matches
6th of August - Last day to play Divisions 4 to 7 semi-final matches
7th of August 15:00 CEST - Division 7 Grand Finals
7th of August 18:00 CEST - Division 6 Grand Finals
8th of August 15:00 CEST - Division 5 Grand Finals
8th of August 18:00 CEST - Division 4 Grand Finals
13th of August - Last day to play Divisions 1+ to 3 semi-final matches
14th of August 15:00 CEST - Division 3 Grand Finals
14th of August 18:00 CEST - Division 2 Grand Finals
15th of August 15:00 CEST - Division 1 Grand Finals
15th of August 18:00 CEST - Division 1+ Grand Finals