Tournament 2021 ZU Circuit

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OP is heavily inspired by DOU's 2021 Circuit

The 2021 ZU Circuit consists of these tournaments:
  • Winter Open (Signups January 10th) - Type B
  • Spring Seasonal (Signups February 28th) - Type A
  • ZU Ladder Tournament (Signups May 9th) - Type C
  • Fall Seasonal (Signups August 29th) - Type A
  • ZU Majors (Signups September 26th) - Type B
  • ZU Circuit Playoffs (December)
Circuit Playoffs will consist of the top 16 players based on circuit points (CP) accumulated throughout the year. The winner will receive a banner as recognition (approved by QQ). The circuit will use a fixed points system for Type A, B, and C tournaments. Type A tournaments are the largest and give the most points, Type B less so, and Type C even less.

FAQ:

What is the Winter Open?

The Winter Open is the most simple and first tournament of the ZU Circuit. It is a large single elimination tournament that will last two months or longer, depending on the number of signups. Each round you will be paired with an opponent and play a best-of-three SS ZU set. Note that matchups are completely randomized using the Smogon Bracket Maker. Winter Open uses this points system.

What are Seasonals?
Seasonals are the largest and longest tournaments in the ZU Circuit. They are double elimination tournaments and take around three months or so to complete, depending on the number of signups. Each round you will be paired with an opponent and play a best-of-three SS ZU set. As a double elimination tournament, if you lose your Bo3 set, you will be knocked down into the loser's bracket and fight to remain in the tournament. Seasonals will be held in March (Spring) and September (Fall). Note that matchups in all rounds except finals are completely randomized using the Smogon Bracket Maker. Seasonals use this points system.

What is the ZU Ladder Tournament?
The ZU Ladder Tournament (ZULT) is a staple in the ZU community. ZULT is an eight week tournament that consists of two stages, the qualifying stage and top 16 playoffs. The qualifying stage comprises of four weeks where each week, players will register a laddering account in the ZULT thread and climb the ZU ladder. Each week, the top four highest players will qualify for playoffs. After four weeks, the top 16 players will be seeded based on their account's rating at the time of their qualification. As such, the playoffs stage is a top 16 seeded bracket.

What is ZU Majors?
ZU Majors will mimic the format of UnderUsed Majors. During Stage 1, players will be divided into pools, within which they will play a round robin. This means that each player in a given pool will play one game against all other players in their pool. Based on the results of this round robin, a certain number of players from each pool will qualify for Stage 2, which will be a single elimination bracket. Number of and sizes of pools will be determined based on signups. Details will be announced in the future.

What are equivalent points?
Equivalent points allow for Type A, B, and C tournaments to have different values based on ratios rather than assigning different points systems for each tournament category. This means that larger sized tournaments such as Seasonals give out the most points, medium-sized tournaments like Winter Open give out less points, and ZU Majors/ZULT less so. How this works:
  • Each tour type will have a player that receives the highest points
  • The player's points are then made into equivalent points, and off that, equivalent points are distributed to the rest of the players.
  • For example, player x receives the most Type A points for doing the best in Seasonals. Let's say player x has 875 points. Player x's 875 points gets 2400 equivalent points.
  • Then, let's say player y has 580 points. We then do 580 * 2400 / 875 and get 1591 equivalent points. Basically, you take each player's points (who scored less than player x), multiply that by 2400 (because Type A tournaments), and divide that by player x's points (player with the most points of that tournament type).
  • This is done for Type A, B, and C tournaments.
Equivalent points will not be used because there aren't enough tournaments to make it feasible. For example, ZULT is the only Type C tour and winning it would have given the winner 800 points as opposed to 375.

What about unofficial tournaments?
Forums tournaments outside of the official 2021 circuit will still happen. So far, these are the only tournaments confirmed to happen outside of the 2021 ZU Circuit:
  • ZU Rigged Tour (Currently ongoing)
  • ZU Classic III (early June) - Tournament with ADV-SM cups, seeded playoffs
  • ZUPL (middle of August) - ZU Premier League, ZU's annual official team tournament
  • Any others will be considered on a case-by-case basis
 
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The ZU Ladder Tournament was planned to begin yesterday on April 25th. However, after discussing it with Ho3n, we have decided to postpone ZULT for two weeks to make the tournament less congested with the ongoing Spring Seasonal and UMPL. ZULT will begin on May 9th.
 

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The ZU Circuit sheet is updated and the points system was changed from equivalent points to fixed points. The OP was edited to reflect the following changes:
  • Equivalent points will not be used because there aren't enough tournaments to make it feasible. For example, ZULT is the only Type C tour and winning it would have given the winner 800 points as opposed to 375
  • ZU Majors is now a Type B tour. This was changed because ZU Majors is expected to be a bigger tournament than ZULT and I used DOU's circuit for reference (and PU's points system for PU Classic vs PULT)
  • Seasonals now give out some more points to separate Type A tournaments from ZU Winter Open (Type B, worth less)
If there are any comments or questions, please send me a PM on Smogon or Discord (or ping me in the ZU Discord). Ran this by fellow staff already fwiw.
 
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