The online tournaments were always a way for me to play my favorite boardgames in broader group of players than only my immediate circle of friends. That way I got to know many fantastic people – and when pandemic hit, that was a true retreat from everyday problems.
Today I would like to touch on one of such organized events – as always lead and meticulously planned by Mark McG. But before jumping to the main article, you can have a look at the example reports from such online endeavors in following links – like 2020 Imperial Struggle VASSAL Tournament or Commands & Colors tournaments during the pandemic.
Commands & Colors Ancients 2021 Open Tournament
Open Tournament is definitely the largest, longest, most session-intense organized play for CCA created. It is also fully “open” so the numbers of players often reach 30 or more – not surprising, taking into account that this is probably most popular game in the system.
So what are the rules?
- We were playing 5 rounds; for the first round, players are paired randomly. Thereafter, players are paired against the player closest to them in rank (1st vs 2nd, 3rd vs 4th, etc) with the exception that no two players will be paired twice during the Swiss rounds.
- Match outcomes are scored according to game wins and victory banner totals, with a total of 3 points available for each pair of games.
- Both games won by one player: 3 points to winner / 0 points to loser
- One game won by each player: 2 points to player with most total victory banners over both games, 1 point to player with least total victory banners, 1.5 points to each player if victory banner totals tied
- Players are ranked each round by the total number of points they have accrued. Players on the same point total are further ranked according to their Strength of Opposition score, which is the total score of all opponents they have played so far.
- After completion of the designated number of Swiss rounds (this time it was 5), the top 8 ranked players will advance to elimination playoffs.
As you know how the tournament works, let us see how it went for me. Below photo session report from preliminary round – which I quite fortunatelly managed to end in the play-off position.
As you can see, things went relatively ok till the Round 5, where two defeats almost thrown me away from tournament. Still, I was forunate enough to be on 6th place in the table and proceed to play-offs (where the true playing started!) You can check the situation after preliminary round on the tournament webpage.
Let us have a look at play-offs now – you can click on every image!
So far so goo, first play-off round finished! But in semi-finals awaited Polonus with whom I lost twice in preliminary rounds…
Ok, semifinals won – that is already a huge achievement. But in final awaits almost unstoppable and undefeated opponent – Stanislav.
Wow, those were two games to remember – and with pretty large group of spectators. The scenarios with elephants are unpredictable and after first game I was pretty upset due to completely unbelievable and improbable turn of events. But the second battle was more than enough to offset losses!
I did not want this article to be seen as showing off – I always report those large tournaments on my blog. Still, I could not hide that I am proud of the result achieved and ability to prove, that true competition starts only in play-offs. What is more, as always I met fantastic friends on those battlefields and we all are very thankful to Mark for organisation.
If you are interested in all details of this tournament or wish to join us, you can visit the webpage which is our central tool for contact, file exchange as well organized play. Enjoy!