Thursday Night Fights, the weekly Street Fighter event held at GameClucks in Lynnwood WA, has launched a new format made for those who want to level up in Ultra Street Fighter 4.
Two out of the four Thursdays per month, TNF runs a swiss format tournament, which is like a modified round robin event, allowing for each player to battle against five to seven other players, so no more 0-2 for players in the double elimination format.
What is a swiss style tournament?
“A Swiss-system tournament is a non-elimination tournament format. There are several rounds of competition, but considerably fewer rounds than in a round-robin tournament, so each competitor (team or individual) does not play every other competitor. Competitors meet one-to-one in each round and are paired using a predetermined set of rules designed to ensure that as far as possible a competitor plays competitors with the same current score, subject to not playing the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds.
The Swiss system may be used when it is not feasible to play as many rounds as required in a round-robin, but it is not desired to eliminate any competitors before the end of the tournament. There are a predetermined number of rounds and a predetermined scoring system. All competitors play in each round unless there is an odd number of competitors.
Competitors are paired based on approximately how well (or poorly) they have performed so far. In the first round, competitors are paired either according to some pattern or randomly (according to common practice in that type of game or sport). In subsequent rounds, competitors are sorted according to their cumulative scores and are assigned opponents with the same or similar score up to that point. Some adjustments may be made to assure that no two players ever oppose each other twice or to even out advantages a player may have due to chance.”
(Swiss Style Tournament text taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss-system_tournament)
Additionally, players are awarded tickets for each win. These tickets are good for the monthly raffle for prizes such as a fight stick or monitor. The raffle is generally after two or three swiss sessions, as a small portion of the prize money is held in reserve to purchase the prize.
The Thursday Night Fights and Saturday Slugfest schedule for August is as follows:
Thu, July 31: Swiss
Thu, Aug 7: Casuals and FREE Giant Teams Exhibition
Sat, Aug 9: Saturday Slugfest XXIII (DON’T MISS IT!)
Thu, Aug 14: Swiss
Thu, Aug 21: Double-Elim
Thu, Aug 28: Swiss
These events are held at GameClucks LAN Center at 3333 184th St SW, Lynnwood WA 98037. GameClucks is the longest running LAN Gaming Center in the Seattle area, and one of the longest running in the US.