Edit : just to clarify, my suggestion is to still use the standard FFG official rules, but pull in this Chess Black / White system to balance out some inequities in the choice of who plays what first.
Here's a variant on this idea :
I think most players will go into a tournament feeling better about one of their decks than the other. Although it is supposed to be a random determination who makes the choice of what to play first, I think this is not really good. Let's say there are 4 rounds of Swiss, and I have some bad luck and my opponent wins the coin toss at the start of each match. This is a 1 in 16 chance, and so it will on average happen to 1 person in a 16 player tournament (and correspondingly, odds are that one player will win every coin toss for first pick in a 16 player tournament). Again, not so good.
Another edit : part of why I think this matters is that I expect many matches will not conclude in the allotted time, based on my experience so far playing casual games. And so, if you think the second game will likely time out, you want to play your stronger, faster deck first. If, it turns out that time-outs are uncommon, then all of this is not so important.
So, what I've been thinking to do is to use a Chess system randomizing and blocking of Black and White (initial assignment is random, then when possible, you alternate between black and white, and the system tries to avoid repeats as much as possible). I think Challonge! and other bracket software can assign Black/White according to standard Chess rules.
Now, there are two ways to do the translation from Black/White into Runner/Corp :
- White gets first choice of which deck to play, or
- The TO arbitrarily decides that, say, White plays Corp first and Black plays Runner first
I honestly think the second way to go is the best, but the official FFG rules would arguably allow the first approach but definitely not the second. Here are the relevant words from the FFG official tournament rules :
For the first game of a match, the players must decide who will play Corporation and who will play Runner by using a random method (such as a die
roll or coin flip). The winner of this random method chooses which side to play.