maglor wrote:XIQQ wrote:maglor wrote:XIQQ wrote:Is it necessary to have 2 exhibition matches on every match day? 2 per day means 100+ over the entire year, which sounds awfully a lot...

Once we go to 7 or 8 groups per day, we have lots of slots for exhibition matches on days with fewer groups, and I think it's possible to finish all the seasonals & ToC solely in those days, even without the usual 2 exhibition matches.

If we wish to avoid featuring a character more than once in a single match day, we need these events to be spread out over several match days. We don't have enough match days with the days of fewer groups.

Assuming we have 7 groups as standard, which gives 42 matches per day. From Aquamarine to Emerald, there should be 30 days with 7 groups and 20 days with 6 groups, which already gives 20 days*3 matches per group*2 divisions=120 matches for exhibition. Ruby will be 6-group days, and Diamond will still be 4-group days as it is now. If you keep having 42 matches per day, this gives 5*3*2+5*(7-4)*3*2=120 matches for exhibition. This gives a total of 240 usable exhibition matches, and there should be more available on necklace matches and elimination stage I assume...

ToC this year used 12 matches. Next year there's one more male champion, so it'll be ~13 matches? Each seasonal needs 12 groups*3 matches per group+8 16-to-8 matches+4 quarterfinals+2 semifinals+final+3rd place=52 matches, so 4 seasonals mean 208 matches. 208+13=221<240, so...

"We don't have enough match days"...ah, but I thought none of the seasonals require many match days on principle? 3 days with 1 match from all 12 groups, 4 days for elimination, so a seasonal can be completed in as few as 7 match days. Unless we never hold different seasonals together, I don't see how it's a problem.

Seasonal tournament cannot start before we get the nominations, tally it, and then make voting avatars. Therefore, Spring and Summer Seasonal cannot start before certain dates. Fall Seasonal is an exception, but it is a painful exception.

(I'm assuming we're having 7 groups here...)

If we're starting aquamarine on Apr 7th, Sapphire should start on Aug 11th (15 Aquamarine, 12 Topaz, 9 Amethyst, 2-week breaks between stages). There'd be 6 days with fewer groups in Sapphire, and 2 in Emerald, so we can actually finish Spring within Sapphire and Emerald (if we can't fit 8 16-to-8 matches in the Sapphire necklace round, we can postpone finals to somewhere like Diamond).

As for Summer, Ruby will start on Oct 11th (or is it 10th? I don't really know which days of the week matches will be held). This year's Summer seasonal started in Ruby 2, which was also on Oct 11th, so...starting 2018 Summer in Ruby sounds reasonable to me. The 36 within-group matches can be completed in the 5 Ruby days & necklace day, and the rest can be finished in Diamond. Starting Summer later than Ruby 1 should be ok as well, since there are plenty of slots in Diamond. Let's say Summer starts in Ruby 4. We can do 18 matches in Ruby 4+5+necklace. Ignoring Autumn for the moment (poor Autumn), we'll have 12 in Diamond 1 and 6 in Diamond 2, then the 4 days from Diamond 3 to necklace is sufficient to wrap up Summer.