How tournament rosters are decided

How tournament rosters are decided
« on: May 09, 2018, 01:39 PM »
Some of you probably have wondered about how tournament rosters are decided when cuts need to be made. Sometimes there are only a set amount of slots for participants, meaning that a few people need to be cut from participating. Nothing in particular brought this on, I just want to be as transparent as possible.

First things first, these are incredibly difficult choices that we do not take lightly. We want to make VOID as fair as possible and part of that is having to make some tough calls. I can say with a lot of certainty that there is no personal bias. I am really proud of the current staff’s ability to look at things objectively. Also, there is NO bias towards staff members. They are judged exactly the same as other members.

We are going to start making sure that there is a day, or two, buffer period between tournament sign ups and the start date of a tournament. This will ensure we will have enough time for lengthy discussions and research.

Cuts to tournaments are decided by votes from the staff members. The person, or people, with the most votes gets cut from the tournament.
How we decide who to vote for is determined by many factors. A very important factor is recent performance. If you defaulted recently, that is a strike against you. If you turned in something unfinished recently, that is also a strike against you. The best way to get into a tournament is to show an amazing track record.

We also take past tournament participation into consideration. You may have noticed that this year we have been running more tournaments than usual. We don’t expect each person to participate in every single tournament. If you had a good run in the past couple of tournaments, we might think it’s fair to let someone else have a shot. We also take new members into consideration. A brand new member might get in over a seasoned vet, just so that they are able to get into VOID and see what tournaments are like. Each tournament is unique.

The VOID staff has diverse opinions, and it is like that for a reason. We all listen to the reasons behind each person’s choice before making a selection. These debates can last hours, especially when there are no clear choices on who to pick. Sometimes, we have to cut good members. It’s not easy at all, and again, we don’t take it lightly at all. There is no clear-cut or formulaic way to make these choices, so we have to rely on the data we have from the site, weigh the pros and cons of each choice, and come to the conclusion that we think is best. In the extremely rare case where no choice can be made, it will be up to the council to choose (this has not happened in recent memory.)

I hope this helps everyone understand the process a little more and please let me know if you have any questions.


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