Gooooood Morning X Wing, Coach here. I am half *** planning the OCX Organized National Tournament for Open Play This will be a Friday afternoon - Sunday afternoon event located (probably) in Cedar Falls, IA. Why Cedar Falls you ask. It's 4 hours away from almost every major Midwest city.
But more importantly I wanted to do something different than a traditional swiss cut to top. I want to try out the pod system FFG did at Worlds last year to determine the final cut. The idea is to run pods of 6 people for 3 rounds (round robin) to determine the top player from each pod. That player earns a seat in the final day of competition. Each player can participate in 2 pods to try to get a seat at the final day. Players who have won a seat from their 1st pod and win a second pass their seat to the 2nd ranked player. Prizes will be distributed for each round you participate in, to lessen the chances of players dropping from pods, as well as a pod winner prize.
Every player who has won a pod will play in a single elimination tournament on Sunday until a winner is crowned. Again there will be prizes for everyone who advances to the next round.
But wait there's more you say! With the pod system there is no need for a set start time on Saturday allowing for players to make their way to the tournament on their own time. Once there are 6 people that are signed up, a pod will start. Also there will be tons of other events such as hunger games, mario kart, epic, and drafts that can help pass the time if your 2 pods are completed early.
Hopefully this will take place this winter, (January -March) Please comment below on possible snags, or things that could go wrong with this format, thanks! Yub Nub