Needs more seeding options
The one thing that prevents me from using Challonge only as my main bracket program is the lack of seeding options. There is no way to seed people by location which is what most people are concerned about in brackets since people from the same location should be equally separated in the bracket. There is no way to only seed a set number of players. Instead if you do that it will put everyone in order from 1 to whatever number of players are in the tournament. There is no way of combining seeding methods i.e. skill and location. These are things that really need to be added to Challonge. Give us a way to seed players by location. Give us the ability to seed a set number of players. Give us the ability to seed players and separate the rest by location. All of this would make Challonge the absolute best bracket program. There are some programs that allow you to do these things already however they are stand alone programs and don't have full online integration like Challonge does. People want to be able go online and keep updated on tourney results as they happen. Add the additional seeding options with that and Challonge then becomes without a doubt #1, that is unless they aren't added and some of these other programs end up going fully online.
Seeding is also a big issue for me.
However I think it has to be adressed in general to enable all kinds of neccessities.
So maybe it can be pre-organized somehow for the developers to draw their conclusions.
A) we should differ between static seeding and dynamic seeding.
- with static seeding I mean there is only the first draw: all matches and ways are set.
- "dynamic seeding": after each round, or elimination round there can/will be a new drawing. This can again depend on certain criteria, such as divide (put them on the most distant branches) the strongest players or players which are locally more close or distant. With this you can try to "enforce" stronger endgames and reduce the risk that weak players end in endgames by lucky draws. (if you want that)
B) RULES and Criteria to seed.
B1) Initial static seed and dynamic seeds
I think it will be hard or impossible to provide "all/any" criteria. Maybe it will be a start to consider each player/team with "attributes". Ideally a "real" value. I think without restricting generality we could call this "strenght". The seeding algorithm can then have the option (or multiple options) to put the most strongest players as distant as possible. And that for every round with a new draw, depending of who wins and looses. (Something like the chess ELO-number) could be a critera. Other criteras could be "vicinity" of players. You probably do not want to have players of one team fight against each other in the beginning, but allow them all/both to reach the final.
B2) double elimination. Also here modified seeds for the loosers round would be a valuable addition.
B3) The "strenght" number could change during the game. (such as the premention ELO number). even if all players at the beginning will start with the same value, the performance of the guys in the "loosers" round could "rankup" or "rankdown" the "strength" number in the winnersround. This can help to put the stronger guys on more distant branches and avoid the strong clashes in the early rounds and spare them for true finals. It also would help to equilibrate the chances in the loosers round.
I just discovered Challonge and quickly thought this was the answer to my online bracket hosting hopes. Alas the seeding options need to allow more manual customization. Our state tournament gives the host league a first round bye, and then sends loser of Games 3 and 4 to the Loser Bracket (13 teams) whereas Challonge forces loser of G2 & G3 to go. Normally that'd be fine, but so many tournaments have minor quirks like this, Challonge doesn't quite fit yet. I think if (1) you allow users to drag-and-drop seeds anywhere, and then (2) set which losing games go to the first L-bracket, that would provide the flexibility needed. I'm really disappointed we won't be able to use Challonge for our DE 13-team bracket. I really looks like a great site, but is not quite flexible enough. Keep improving. Hope to use your service in the future!
In my current situation I would like to be able to add participants and re-arrange their seeding without having to re-enter all of the names again. For example, if I have entered 10 participants and then a new entry with a high level of skill comes in, I would like to add them to the participant list with a high seed. I am just trying this out for the first time, but I was not able to manually arrange the seeding after input. (I know that I can drag names around the brackets after, but that just causes mayhem).
I would like to be able to rearrange or re-draw the bracket between say, round 1 and 2 of a 32 participant single elimination tournament, similar to what happens in the UEFA Europa League.
Justin Arroyo commented
i agree, i dont like having to manually seed by location and try to keep the top competitors on top. to much bracket theory. this would make Challonge the best bracket system in the world.
Thanks for sharing this suggestion! We totally agree, so it's a matter of prioritizing this. We're pretty tight on resources and time, so more votes or comments here will definitely help keep this on our radar.
I went searching through all of the posts hoping to find this. This is EXACTLY what's holding most of the smash community backing from going completely to Challonge.com. I personally love Challonge, but it's seeding options are so limited.
Please Challonge, this x1000!
Any thoughts on this?