Regular Season Updates
The newcomer division will be officially named Nova (新星, shinsei).
The veteran division will be officially named Stella (恒星, kousei).
The number of periods will be reduced to five. This was a very difficult decision to make because we wanted to keep the traditional seven, but we would not be able to balance the Contestants properly in that format. This year we had 7 tiers of 7 girls each (+1 wildcard), and our schedule was 7 rounds in 7 periods. With the reduction to 35+1 girls per division, our lineup has to be 7 tiers of 5 girls each (+1 WC) scheduled for 7 rounds in 5 periods.
The new periods will occur in this order:
Contestants who lose a match will be awarded partial points based on their performance. Currently winners get 3 points and losers get 0. Next year, the loser will gain VF/VA points. For example, if girl A beats girl B by one vote, A gets 3 points and B gets 0.99. If a tie occurs, both girls get 1 point each. What this will do is make SDO a more accurate model of a Contestant's strength. Edit: If A beats B by a score of 4208 to 1879, A gets 3 points and B gets 1879/4208 = 0.44653 points.
The Necklace Showdown (Round 8) will include 1v1 inter-divisional matchups between Nova and Stella. I imagine there will be 10 or 15 on the ballot. Because we won't be able to showcase every possible combination, there will have to be some criteria for selecting who appears. We don't know what that is yet; it can be decided later on. We may come up with a way to rank everybody, or even take some community requests. These matches will be treated as exhibition for the time being, and we currently don't have plans to give awards for these matches or "advance" the winners in a sort of side tournament.
Necklace Score = Vote% + (SDO / 3)
The new Necklace Score will be the sum of the vote percentage in the Necklace Round and one third of the Contestant's SDO in the Period. It is not possible for SDO to go away, but we will lessen its impact to narrow the field among those seeking the Necklace. Because of partial points, SDO will have decimal values and won't be separated in multiples of 3 like this year.
|Preliminary Period Updates|
There will still be just a single Nomination Phase. The maximum number of characters you can nominate will be somewhere between 12 and 20. Staff will apply Nova/Stella classification after results are tallied.
The Preliminary Phase will still have separate brackets for Nova and Stella. Each division will have 120 Candidates. Some portion of this will be auto-qualifiers; rules are TBD but at least one qualifier will be some milestone from ISML 2011 (e.g. win/loss ratio or Necklace or Top x).
Phase I - small-group free-for-all format, allowing you to choose 2 or 3 girls per arena
Phase II - small-group round-robin format
Phase III - single-elimination tournament format
These phases are similar to ISML 2011 except they will occur in the order 3-1-2 for ISML 2012. Other details will be unveiled later.
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