Posts Tagged ‘diamond’

Diamond Period concluded

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Congratulations to Eucliwood for winning the 2011 Diamond Necklace! Despite a 5-2 record, she had a competitive SDO rating; winning the round certainly made it look easy, but Eu has fought hard since her close loss to Nagato Yuki in the Amethyst Showdown. She now gets to take home a Diamond Necklace as a reward.

We are done with the Regular Season! It has been very exciting these past seven Periods; we hope you enjoyed them, too. Preparations for the Postseason are next. We’ll take a few weeks to prepare some new avatars and set up exhibition matches to accompany our Top 16 Contestants. This break period is also an opportunity for me to fix these server issues once and for all. The rush of visits right as results came out tonight knocked us out for a few minutes, but no worries.

The first match is scheduled for Sunday, 30 October. I’ll update again when we have a match preview ready.

Our exhibition winner this Period is Kaname Madoka, who wins the Diamond Anklet. Congratulations! A final exhibition match 7-way with all of the winners this season is planned; more details to come later on.

Thank you for voting and supporting ISML! The donations page will reopen once the postseason starts, as the time to renew our hosting services is coming this month.

We have big plans for ISML 2012 as well. If you visit our Forums, you’ve had sneak peeks at our proposed ideas. A formal charter is expected by mid-December. The staff is working hard to keep ISML fresh but also fair each passing year; we appreciate all of your feedback as well!

Last Necklace Round

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Congratulations to Tachibana Kanade for finishing the Regular Season with a perfect record. The final match versus Misaka Mikoto was the closest yet; we should expect more fireworks in the Postseason later this month. The final standings are now known, and all tiebreakers have been applied. Sengoku Nadeko claims the final Top 16 slot. All 50 of our Contestants have fought hard, and we appreciate their sportsmanship. We hope to see many of them on the nomination ballot for ISML 2012.

The Necklace Round is up next. We are adding two extra exhibition arenas in an attempt to try and finish the exhibition tournament idea we had earlier in the season. Please vote in all arenas!

One more match to go

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

15 of the Top 16 slots are locked in. Only one remains contested for Diamond 7. Victorique holds it currently, but Nadeko and Saber are at the doorstep. How will the final round play out? Other big matches today will also decide the seeding order for the Postseason among our higher-ranked Contestants.

And who will finish this Regular Season with an undefeated record? It all depends on your votes.

Three rounds remain

Monday, September 26th, 2011

After results are released tonight, just three rounds remain in the battle to hold onto the bottom positions of the Top 16. Pay close attention to the matches surrounding the Contestants on this bubble, as your votes will determine who pushes forward to the Postseason and who ends their journey after next week.

We’ve been able to isolate the server issues to a certain few instances. Unfortunately they cannot be repaired completely until after the Regular Season is done and we can afford more time to do work that may take down the server for periods of time. For the rest of Diamond Period, an intermittent outage is still possible if we don’t catch it in time. Otherwise it will be just a few minutes before services are restored. So please vote as you normally would; once the form says your ballot is accepted, you are assured that it was written to the database. Thanks to those who have helped out and reported issues when they spot them. The feedback is very helpful.

Diamond over; Regular Season concludes

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Congratulations to Shana on winning the Diamond Necklace! This is her third for the year and fifth overall — a record that will be difficult to beat in future years. But the final prize of the Tiara still eludes her; how will Shana fare in the postseason? Fifteen other competitors have the same goal and have the same chance this year.

Now that the regular season is over, the cumulative standings finally have the head-to-head tiebreaker applied. This tiebreaker precedes SDO, which had been the dominant tiebreaker all season long until now. Here, the tie is first broken by the Contestant who won the one-on-one (head-to-head) match between the two who are tied. For example, Suzumiya Haruhi finishes above Sakagami Tomoyo despite having a lower SDO, because she won her match against Tomoyo in Ruby 4.

The effects can compound, as with the case of Fate Testarossa, who drops below both Furukawa Nagisa and Shiina Mafuyu after losing to them in Ruby 3 and Sapphire 4 respectively. Mafuyu ends up on top for her defeat of Nagisa in Topaz 3.

Sometimes a “loop” occurs. Towards the bottom of the rankings, we have Ushio who defeated Nymph (Sapphire 7). But Nymph defeated Chiaki (Aquamarine 1) who then defeated Ushio (Aquamarine 7). Because nobody has the advantage, the tiebreaker is dropped from consideration, and SDO is the next tiebreaker to be applied.

Overall, not too many changes were made as a result of this tiebreaker. It did not play a role in deciding the very last Top 16 slot.

We go on break to prepare for the postseason; congratulations to the Contestants who advanced! We have to say goodbye to the other 34 for now, but many of them are likely to return in the preseason of ISML 2011. Thanks to everyone who has voted and stayed with us so far; we hope you come back soon for the grand finale!