E*V*I*L: (Electronic Vancouver IMP League): The Plan Forward

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Update: Season Three is just about over and 20 teams participated.  We formed a third division and we hope to find more teams of newer players to make the fun third division larger for Season Three.  The league remains completely free of entry fees and is open to all players in the Vancouver area, which we define rather loosely!  Registration for Season Four is now open at this link.  Information on Season Three, now winding down, is here.

Season Four Sign-Up  Registration Form  — (deadline: January 14, 4pm).

Format for Season Two and Beyond:

The Big Show will be exactly eight teams and will play a seven-match round-robin.  The top three teams in the regular season, and the winner of The Big Show playoffs (if the fourth-place team wins the final) will automatically qualify for The Big Show in the next season.

The second division will be called The Big Ticket and will be a minimum of eight teams and, if needed, 10 or 12 or even 14 playing only 7 of the other teams over seven weeks.  The division is called The Big Ticket because if you win the regular season or the playoffs you get a 'big ticket' to The Big Show for the next season!  (If you win both the regular season and the playoffs you get only the one 'big ticket,' but thanks for asking....)

The new third division will be called The Big Deal, and will mostly consist of teams with newer players, eager to learn team strategies without having to face a bunch of teams who have lots of team game experience.  The size of this division is not limited at all, but will play seven matches on Tuesday evenings.  (We had only four teams in this division in Season Three and we played nine matches, three times against the others, with a single playoff final.)

Teams may choose not to play in The Big Show even if they have qualified for a spot.  A team which has replaced one player or added two or more to a four-person team, or replaced or added more than one player to a team with more than four, is deemed a different team and cannot claim qualification based on prior success.  A team earning qualification in more than one way cannot claim qualification for the next season AND the one following.

This means at least two and more often three or four of the eight slots in The Big Show will be unclaimed, and there will be a play-in tournament of short matches on the Friday evening before the opening Tuesday of the new season.  This play-in tournament will be open to:

There may also be a play-in tournament for teams wanting to move up to or stay in The Big Ticket division from the top half of The Big Deal or the lower half of The Big Ticket, if it is necessary to have one to control the size of The Big Ticket division, or ensure that it has an even number of teams.

The format of the play-in tournaments will depend on how many spots are open and how many teams apply when signing up for the new season.  IMPORTANT: All teams applying to play in the play-in tournament are expected to play in the next lower division if they do not qualify; if you don't all members of your team will have to wait two full seasons to be allowed back in.

"But we don't want to play unless we can play in the top division."  Prove you are capable!  If you don't qualify, you're talking only seven weeks to get another chance.  You can win auto-qualification by winning the second division, regular season or playoffs, and failing that, you can succeed at one of the play-in tournaments.  We expect that there will be a consistent turnover of teams on the bubble between The Big Show and The Big Ticket, and this will create interesting competition at all levels:

The format seems to have worked well in Season Two and Three.  Season Four will be even more fun!  Find some players you enjoy playing with (more than six is fine, although only four at a time can play) and form a team today!

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