Time to tell everyone how the last instance of the tournament went down. To be honest, it was both a success and a failure. Let’s start at the beginning.
Announcement post and registrations.
It all started with a single post announcing the tournaments second instance, which announced it to start in winter 2013 and had links to the rules, a localized calendar for each timezone containing the matches and caster setup days, even when the winners would have received the prizes.
In one week, 32 teams signed up for the tournament and 7 casters signed up. So, a success? Unfortunately, it doesn’t end that way.
Contacting teams and the start of the tournament.
So far everything was going great. However, this was bound to stop at some point. And it stopped right at the point where I tried to contact all teams. About 20% didn’t answer via Steam and 50% didn’t answer via e-mail.
Even getting a proper team logo and description out of the teams was a hard task, at the end i had 4 or 5 teams send in a description and 12 teams with a logo sent in.
However, that was nothing compared to the actual tournament days.
Day one through three.
Some matches went through without a problem with one team being late 5-10 minutes (acceptable), while others had one or even both teams not show up at all. Two teams even had the nerve to ask for a remake after being late two hours.
Two fucking hours late. Did they even read the rules? It specifically said that at most 30 minutes of delay is acceptable for a match, because otherwise they’d endanger the other matches.
Obviously i was pissed at the teams that showed up late. And after this happened on both day two and three, i cancelled the tournament.
The future of Defense of the Amateur.
After a long break of thinking and redesigning, i think the best for the tournament would be if it is held using round robin and the rivaling teams contact each other for the times and dates of matches. This has some downsides: matches can no longer be live-streamed by a caster and some new rules will have to be created.
However, that is much easier to do, than coordinate a mess of over 50 people, some of which apparently can’t follow rules or read times and dates. I guess it’s better than nothing.
End of rant, enjoy your day if you want.