Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!
I’d like to take a few moments to discuss the changes that have occurred to Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) Collectible Card Game (CCG) Events over the past year, as well as the coming update to the 2014 Floor Rules.
The Floor Rules document itself, along with the compendium document, The Code of Bushido , has undergone a major overhaul over the past year. They evolved from documents totaling just over 10 pages to one closer to 30 pages. The reason for this additional content was to provide the players of the L5R CCG with a stronger foundation upon which their events, and therefore their tournament experience, was based.
In the latest edition of the Floor Rules, Tournament Organizers (TOs) around the world have been instrumental in proposing and finalizing changes in these documents. A major change is the return of what is commonly known as the "X-2 System" for many of our tournaments. Unless a TO specifically chooses another format, the X-2 System entails seven rounds of Swiss play (when an event involves 40 people or more) with a 'cut' to those players whose record is X-2 or better—that is, they have lost no more than two games during the Swiss rounds. Using the format "number of wins-number of losses-number of ties", this means if your standing at the end of the Swiss rounds is 7-0-0, 6-1-0, 6-0-1, 5-2-0, 5-1-1, 5-0-2, or 4-0-3, you will "make the cut" and potentially go onto play in the event's finals.
An important point, however, involves that word "potentially". Your final standing in the Swiss rounds determines if you will have to play in an elimination match prior to the finals. So, if you go 4-0-3, which is the least number of wins in the Swiss rounds that still allow you to "make the cut", you may very well have to play in a single elimination round in order to qualify for entry into the Top 8 finals. For example, let's say that there are nine players with a X-2 or better standing at the end of Swiss Rounds at an event. Of those nine players, the two with the lowest standings will play a single elimination match, and the winner of that will go on to the Top 8 finals. The Top 8 rounds themselves (as well as the Top 4 and the Finals) will be a series of best 2 out of 3 matches, following the procedure from the 2014 Kotei Season.
In the updated Floor Rules, we are also requiring deck-lists to be filled out by all players prior to an event getting underway. This is common in the competitive tournament formats of card games, and is a feature whose implementation in L5R is long overdue. This will allow for random deck checks at tournaments, and will also allow any deck that makes the Top 8 is checked prior to the Top 8 rounds beginning. We know this will add to our TO's already formidable workload, so as players, please be understanding of this. As players, it is, of course, your responsibility to make sure that your deck-list is accurate, to avoid penalties during the event.
The way that "seeds" (the opportunity to arrive at major events, such as GenCon, already qualified to play in certain L5R events being conducted there) are awarded is also being changed and streamlined. Any Kotei-level event (which includes those comprising the 2014 Fall Tournament Season, but not the Stronghold Store Level Events) whose attendance is from 8-39 people will have a single seed awarded to the winner of the Event. With 40-79 players in attendance there will be 2 seeds awarded, to first and second place. With 80-119 people there will be 3 seeds awarded to first, second and third places, and with 120 or more people in attendance, there will be 4 seeds awarded to first through fourth places inclusive. Another change is that there will be no passing down of seeds. Previously, if a player who came in first place at an event already had a seed from, say, winning a previous event, then this new seed would pass down to the second place player, and so on, until it was awarded to an unseeded player. This will no longer occur; the seed will stay with the player who earned it, even if he or she already has one.
I hope you've found this article useful. As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to ask questions via: Events@Alderac.com .