Archive for May, 2010

Timer issues

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

For some reason this week, the timers on the website are not operating as they should be. Apologies for not discovering that the voting page for Sapphire 2 was left open until just recently. This won’t affect match results, since all ballots are timestamped, and we can easily crop all votes that came in after 1500 GMT.

I will work on resolving the timer issue so everything begins and ends at the proper time as they had been.

All events will stay on schedule.

Schedule Release

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Today we are releasing the regular season schedule for ISML 2010. It is currently available only in English; translations and other improvements are on the way.

We withheld the schedule at first in order to give more focus to each present match as it occurred. Last year we observed that some of our voting community were too focused on future matches, voting for reasons other than a Contestant being more moe than her opponent in a particular arena. Saimoe is still the top priority and goal of the tournament, and we try to preserve that every day.

After three Periods of releasing the schedule one match at a time, we came to additional observations. We took a lot of care devising our schedule for fairness, and as a result, it had a formulaic construction that some of our community were soon able to decipher. Fortunately, even with that knowledge available, we did not discover the same voting patterns that had impacted certain Rounds in ISML 2009.

We want to keep things exciting and fun for our community as a whole. We believe the schedule release will generate more interest and discussion in ISML without sacrificing match integrity. This is mostly thanks to our large and diverse (and still growing) community! Everybody’s participation keeps ISML balanced, and we couldn’t ask for more.

Reading the schedule is optional; if you would prefer to view matches one-by-one, continue watching the main page and voting page, as the “next match preview” will still be available. In addition to the schedule page, Contestant biographies will feature a schedule, but this will be hidden until you click on the link to view it.

If you lurked our forums, you may have noticed a sneak preview of the regular season schedule. A small discussion is available there if you want more information on this release or if you want to contribute your own comment or question. Visit

We hope you enjoy the second half of the regular season; it has been exciting for me, and I look forward to more interesting results. Sapphire will start on Sunday!

Amethyst over

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Congratulations to the winner of the Amethyst Necklace, Nagato Yuki!

Since it is the end of the Period, the “head-to-head” tiebreaker took effect for the final Amethyst standings, which has higher precedence than the SDO stat. It affected three Contestants in the middle of the standings but played no role in determining the necklace winner (and it won’t play a role in the future as long as the necklace contenders have no losses in the Period).

This tiebreaker won’t be applied to the overall standings until the end of the Regular Season.

Timer reduction

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Starting Amethyst 6, the voting timer will be reduced to 3 minutes (180 seconds).

Amethyst 5 did not have any submissions for featured match previews. If you want to contribute a writeup for future matches, please post them on our forums.

Thanks to everyone for sticking with ISML and voting! We are nearing another Period finale here in Amethyst.

Exhibition Directory

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The exhibition directory is now set up where you can view the characters we have featured in previous Rounds. Inclusion of match results (i.e. who won) is currently not planned; those results can be found in each Period’s statistics page for now.