MK8DX MKCentral Frontier - 7/31-8/21

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Introduction

As the MK8DX community has grown, the skill gap between teams has widened by a large amount. As the skill gap widens, there is an increasingly large effect on traditional bracket-style tournaments, as the beginning rounds are almost 100% guaranteed to be blowouts due to the huge skill difference between the top and bottom seeds. These early matches aren't fun for anyone involved; the top seeds don't enjoy playing matches that present no challenge to them, and the bottom seeds will be eliminated from the tournament by the top seeds before getting to play matches against teams of a similar skill level to them. So, the question is: how do you construct a tournament that minimizes blowouts and allows all teams to experience at least a few close matches, while still giving every team a theoretical chance to win the whole tournament? MKCentral Frontier is an attempt to answer that question.

Tournament Information

MKCentral Frontier is a 3-stage tournament, with teams starting in a different stage depending on their seed. The tournament will last for 4 weeks (7 days in total). However, most teams will end up playing for only 2-3 weeks, starting at different points depending on your seed. Below is a brief overview of the tournament structure. The tournament will be capped at 96 teams to allow the brackets to run smoothly.

STAGE 1 - 33rd-96th seeds start here - Starts on Day 1

Stage 1 will be 8 double-elimination pools with 8 teams each. This will take place on the first day of the tournament. To advance to Stage 2, teams must win 2 matches before being eliminated. Teams that get eliminated in stage 1 will be moved to the Bronze Bracket, described below.

Example Stage 1 Pool

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BRONZE BRACKET - For teams eliminated from Stage 1

The Bronze Bracket will be a 32 team double-elimination bracket consisting of the teams eliminated from Stage 1 of the tournament. It will start on the second day of the tournament, and will take 2 weeks (4 days) to complete.

STAGE 2 - 17th-32nd seeds start here - Starts on Day 2


Stage 2 will be 4 double-elimination pools with 12 teams each. This will take place on the 2nd and 3rd days of the tournament. To advance to Stage 3, teams must win 3 matches before being eliminated (2 matches if you're a 17-32 seed). Teams eliminated from Stage 2 will be moved to the Silver Bracket.

Example Stage 2 Pool


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SILVER BRACKET - For teams eliminated from Stage 2

Like the Bronze Bracket, the Silver Bracket will also be a 32-team double elimination bracket consisting of the teams eliminated from Stage 2 of the tournament. It will start on the 4th day of the tournament, and will take 2 weeks (4 days) to complete.

STAGE 3 - GOLD BRACKET - 1st-16th seeds start here - Starts on Day 4

The highest stage of the tournament is the Gold Bracket, consisting of the top 16 seeds as well as the 16 teams to advance from Stage 2. This is a 32-team double elimination bracket. This stage is winner-take-all, and the winner of this bracket will be declared the winner of MKCentral Frontier. Like the Bronze and Silver brackets, this bracket will take 2 weeks (4 days) to complete, starting on the 4th day of the tournament.

Tentative Schedule

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Stage 1 Groups

Group A

Ataraxia
Souls of the Circuit
Heroes of tier F
Pirate Hackers Hydra
Vice Party
Trivial Matters
X project
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Group B
Prodigy
Team Luxembourg
Dark Phantom Knights
Omelette du Fromage
Kartnita Asada
PITSY ARMY
Kartvengers Team
Kira Team 3
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Group C
Cataclysms
Hyrule Karts
UnitedBros
Perseverance
The Real Panitas
Project HIVE Academia
Noob Reborn
Lethal Vendetta
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Group D
Project HIVE Sapientia
PACKs Team Racing
Neko Knights
Dragon Bill
Zver Imperial
Revival
Equipo Fenix
Kinetic Pii
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Group E
Bass Line
Class A
Nocturnal
Turbo Shells
StarBits
Another Xtreme Element 2
Itollani
Cosmic Munchers
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Group F
Lethal Vengeance
Reigning Racers
Power Kart Clan
Aftermath
PanoRangers
Delphino's Sunshine
Sweatyzard Y
PulSus
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Group G
Dynamite Omega
Bamba Team
Cusha Team
AfterDark Equinox
Harmonia
Chaos Racer
Inka Warriors Hurin *
No Fear
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Group H
Forgotten Legends Supernova *
Kitten Crusaders
Battlestar
x-atlantic Storm
American Gunslingers *
Choco kart
Another Xtreme Element
Thunder Karts
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Stage 2 Groups

Group I

Seeded Teams:
Prevail
Les Lions de l'Atlas
Kira Team 2
Génesis
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Group J
Seeded Teams:
Higher Octave
Battle Brigade
Wii Elite Clan Gold *
Arcadia Terra
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Group K
Seeded Teams:
Hornets
Black Wolves
DirtMK
Pirate Hackers Kraken
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Group L
Seeded Teams:
Dynamite Alpha
AfterDark Eclipse
Sweatyzard X
Arcanum Aeterna *
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Stage 3 (Gold Bracket) Teams:
Arcadia Sky
Banana Legion *
Difference
High Definition *
Humitas Cósmicas
Jean Messiha
Jean-Pierre Papin *
MainClan
Midnight Wasps
Sadistisk obalans u-sväng långsam
SecretX
Stellar
The Real Panas
World Friend Moon
World Friend Star
ZTA Florida State University

Good luck everyone! Make sure to join the Frontier Discord server if you haven't already:
 
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Group E

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Smooth war, no dc's.

Hope you enjoyed your first tournament war, Class A! Good games and best of luck in Frontier and in future tournaments ^_^

Those Rainbow Road courses... XD
 
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