Archive for February, 2011

Preview is available

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I was able to adapt last year’s code in time for match previews in the Preliminaries. They will now be shown on the voting page between rounds when they’re available.

Groups are listed vertically. 1-vs-1-vs-1 matches within each group are also listed vertically. Hover your mouse over a group to highlight all the names in a particular match.

Character portraits in place

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The preliminary groups page now has avatars. Many thanks to our community on the forums for submitting images to us for consideration. You have helped the organization and setup of this tournament become much easier than in years past, and we greatly appreciate it.

We are about one day away from the start of Phase I. Remember that we adjusted our schedule recently, so matches will start this coming Sunday rather than Thursday. Look forward to the matchups!

At the moment, I am not sure if match previews will be available prior to the start of voting in the Preliminaries. We might delay that feature until the Regular Season.

Preliminaries to begin sooner

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Phase I of the Preliminary Period will now begin on Sunday, 27 February.

We extended the number of voting days from 6 to 8 in order to organize the arenas a little better. Our pool of Candidates this year is larger than in 2010 as well, so adding more days makes for better pacing of the 4 Rounds in Phase I. So Sunday will feature Groups 1 through 8. Tuesday will be Groups 9 through 16. And then on Thursday will be Round 2, beginning again with Groups 1 through 8.

The Charter will be appended, and our event calendar on the Rules FAQ has been updated.

We have not completed all of our character portraits (avatars), so they will be missing for the time being. They should be ready by this weekend and definitely by Sunday when the voting round begins.

The groupings for Phase I are also released. Candidates in each group will participate in a round-robin tournament of 1vs1vs1 matches. Points are earned for first and second place in each match. Group winners advance to the Regular Season while the remaining girls enter Phase II.

Voting rounds are now less than a week away!

Nomination Results Released

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Thank you for your patience! We finished ahead of schedule. The results of the ISML 2011 Nomination Period are now available.

Congratulations to the 96 characters who enter the Preliminary Period to become Candidates for the Regular Season! Also listed are some invalid nominations because those girls have either already advanced or were declared ineligible per tournament rules. And we also provided a list of girls who came close to the cutoff. We appreciate their participation and hope to see many of them next year for ISML 2012. Some may get selected for exhibition matches this year as well.

Groupings for Phase I will be released soon. Look forward to it!

Last day of nominations

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Less than 24 hours left to go for submitting a nomination. We’ve received a great response so far — more than double last year’s nomination total. Thanks to everyone for participating and spreading the word!

We’ll be spending the next week counting and finalizing the totals; results will be posted on the front page with an announcement here in the blog as soon as they are done.

Nominations have begun

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

The wait is over! Nominations for ISML 2011 are now open.

You may nominate only one time, and you have a whole week to get your submission in. So if you can’t think of 12 characters today, you can submit later on. :) Please try to be as clear as possible in your ballot, so we don’t have any confusion or ambiguity when we count them.

Also please mind the table of characters marked “do not nominate.” These 48 girls have already qualified for the Preliminary Period, so you do not need to nominate them. If you did put one of them on your ballot, that’s okay; it won’t void your ballot, but you will not get to submit a replacement nomination.

The nomination form will close on 13 February at 0000 GMT.

Thanks, everyone, for your cooperation! Enjoy this year’s ISML!