posted on Dec, 8 2004 @ 05:24 PM
Playoffs: Winner's Bracket and Consolation Ladder
All teams continue to compete throughout the duration of the playoffs. The playoffs are split into two parts: The Winner's Bracket and The Consolation
Ladder. Note: These parts are exclusive from each other. After each playoff round the system will not move a team from the Winner's Bracket into the
Consolation Ladder (and vice-versa). However, as mentioned above, your League Manager has the option to manually place teams where ever they wish, so
you could see a #5 seed in a four team winner's bracket (and the #4 seed in the Consolation Ladder).
Winner's Bracket: The number of teams in the Winner's Bracket corresponds to the "Playoff Teams" setting (described above). In most leagues the
Division Winners will gain automatic entry into the Winner's Bracket. Any remaining Winner's Bracket slots are filled by Wild Card teams based on
their seed (see below). Teams in the Winner's Bracket play head-to-head for either one or two weeks, with each matchup's winner advancing to the next
round until a League Champion is determined. The losers of games in the Winner's Bracket play other losers of games in the Winner's Bracket until the
end of the season.
The Winner's Bracket first-round matchups are based on the following pairing of seeds:
Two (2) team bracket: 1v2
Four (4) team bracket: 1v4, 2v3
Eight (8) team bracket: 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5
Sixteen (16) team bracket: 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, 4v13, 5v12, 6v11, 7v10, 8v9
Note: Any BYEs replace the seed starting with the highest number and work in ascending order. Example: Your league has 6 teams in an 8 team bracket.
The two BYEs are assigned to seeds #7 and #8, thus the #1 and #2 seeds have first-round BYEs.
All remaining teams not in the Winner's Bracket teams are placed in the Consolation Ladder. Games in the Consolation Ladder are played Head-to-Head
but work differently than the Winner's Bracket in that each game's winner moves "up", while the loser moves "down". Note: that the "top" team in the
Consolation Ladder can not move "up" after the win. Likewise, the "bottom" team and can not move "down". Head-to-Head play continues for the duration
of the playoffs.
The Consolation Ladder's first-round matchups pair the seeds in descending order. Example (10 team league; 4 teams in Winner's Bracket):
Consolation Ladder's First Round: 5v6, 7v8, 9v10
Note: If there are an odd number of teams in the Consolation Ladder the lowest team will have a BYE.