The gameplay format, pools, and bracket structure for the 2017 West Regional Championship are announced below.
The pools for the 2017 USQ West Regional Championship are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Arizona Jackalopes, Arizona State University, California Dobbys, Crimson Elite, Crimson Fliers
Pool B: Anteater Quidditch, Northern Arizona University Narwhals, Silicon Valley Skrewts, Stanford Quidditch, The Lost Boys
Pool C: Los Angeles Gambits, Silicon Valley Vipers, The Long Beach Funky Quaffles, University of Arizona Quidditch, Wizards of Westwood
Pool D: Cal Quidditch, San Jose State University Spartans, Sun Devil Quidditch, The Fighting Farmers of Arizona, University of California Los Angeles
On Sunday, the top four teams in each pool make the 16-team bracket. Nine teams will qualify for nationals, and there will be two ways to qualify: 1) Reach the semifinal matches, 2) Teams who lose in either the Round of 16 or the Round of 8 will be placed into Consolation Rounds, needing up to three additional victories to attain a nationals berth.
After pool play, teams can qualify for nationals with any of the following win-loss patterns: W-W, W-L-W, W-L-L-W-W, L-W-W, or L-W-L-W-W.
As it was last season, teams will be seeded into the bracket with consideration to their placement in pool play. The four teams who finish first in their pool will be compared against each other according to our tiebreakers (as listed below) for the top 4 spots in the bracket. The teams who place second in their pools will be compared against each other for spots 5-8, etc.
The original ranked list was divided into five pots by seed, and each pool had one team randomly drawn from each pot. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. The pots that teams were drawn from are as follows:
Pot 1: Arizona State University, Los Angeles Gambits, Cal Quidditch, The Lost Boys
Pot 2: Crimson Elite, Northern Arizona University Narwhals, The Long Beach Funky Quaffles, University of California Los Angeles
Pot 3: Arizona Jackalopes, Silicon Valley Skrewts, The Fighting Farmers of Arizona, Silicon Valley Vipers
Pot 4: Anteater Quidditch, University of Arizona Quidditch, San Jose State University Spartans, California Dobbys
Pot 5: Crimson Fliers, Wizards of Westwood, Stanford Quidditch, Sun Devil Quidditchcomments powered by Disqus