Each Episode will begin with a written round of 25-30 points, which will act as an Episode Eliminator.
-- If there are fewer than eight teams participating in a given Episode, no teams will be eliminated at the end of the written round. All the teams will fight it out for the full Episode.
-- If there are more than eight teams, the Episode Finals will consist of the top eight teams from the written round.
-- In either case, the scores from the Eliminator round will be carried into the Episode Finals.
Stars will be awarded for each Episode as follows:
1st place: 10 Stars
2nd place: 9 Stars
3rd place: 8 Stars
4th place: 7 Stars
5th place: 6 Stars
6th place: 5 Stars
7th place: 4 Stars
8th place: 3 Stars
All other participating teams: 1 Star each
As I mentioned, I would like to incentivise pre-registration of teams. Teams that pre-register for the tournament as detailed in the previous post will go into the first Episode Eliminator with a 2-point registration bonus. This may indeed make the difference between qualifying for the Episode Finals or not. Teams that pre-register but do not show up for Episode 1 can claim their registration bonus points at the first Episode in which they do appear. The registration bonus points are available only for the first Episode in which a team appears. The two-member-minimum rule applies even to this bonus -- at least two members of the team that appears must be listed in the pre-registration mail for the team to receive the bonus.