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The Observatory

Season 12

November 10, 2018 through December 8, 2018
The 12th season of The Observatory included four episodes featuring Descent matches spanning a regular season of 3 weeks and the tournament finals in the fourth week.
Qualifier 1 - Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Qualifier 2 - Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT
Qualifier 3 - Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 5:45 PM ET/2:45 PM PT
Finals Tournament - Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT

Qualifier 1

Round 1

zero 20 Swarthy 11 Mythena
Jediluke 20 Code 5 Lagrange II
b2af 20 CHILLY_BUS 2 Black Rose

Round 2

Swarthy 20 CHILLY_BUS 11 Mythena
Zero 20 Code 18 I Don't Care
Jediluke 20 b2af 18 Audacity

Round 3

Jediluke 20 zero 13 Killbox
Code 20 CHILLY_BUS 14 Black Rose
melvin 20 b2af 18 RIP
Phyrex 20 Swarthy 18 Savage

Round 4

zero 20 b2af 14 Killbox
Phyrex 20 CHILLY_BUS 16 Mindtrix
Code 20 Swarthy 15 Squeemish
Jediluke 20 melvin 11 Lagrange II

Qualifier 2

Round 1

zero 20 Swarthy 6 KO
Jediluke 20 Phyrex 4 Ascend
Morfod 20 CHILLY_BUS 12 Black Rose
rethink 20 Lee 8 Salute
Cyrus 20 Lady Silver 17 Flea

Round 2

zero 20 Morfod 7 Lurk
Lady Silver 20 CHILLY_BUS 9 Lurk
b2af 20 Cyrus 16 Audacity
Jediluke 20 rethink 11 Droideka
Swarthy 20 Lee 18 Hyde

Round 3

Lee 20 CHILLY_BUS 7 Xenocide v1.1 Level 2
b2af 20 Swarthy 12 Crimson
Morfod 20 rethink 15 Athena
Cyrus 20 zero 18 Ascend

Round 4

Swarthy 20 CHILLY_BUS 17 Mythena
zero 20 b2af 18 Blubird
Cyrus 20 Morfod 15 Audacity
rethink 20 Lady Silver 16 Salute

Qualifier 3

Round 1

zero 20 Phyrex 10 Mindtrix
Jediluke 20 Lee 8 Synapse

Round 2

zero 20 CHILLY_BUS 8 Killbox
Jediluke 20 negatratoron -1 Ascend
Lee 20 Phyrex 6 Synapse

Round 3

CHILLY_BUS 20 negatratoron 6 Black Rose
Jediluke 20 zero 13 Ascend
melvin 20 Lee 14 RIP

Round 4

Jediluke 20 CHILL_BUS 5 Wrath
zero 20 melvin 17 KO
Lee 20 negatratoron 6 Burning Indika
Pos Pilot Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Total
1 Jediluke 19 (4-0) 8 (2-0) 18 (4-0) 45
2 zero 13 (3-1) 15 (3-1) 11 (3-1) 39
3 Cyrus - 15 (3-1) - 15
4 b2af 3 (1-3) 11 (2-1) - 14
5 Swarthy 3 (1-3) 7 (2-2) - 10
T-6 melvin 4 (1-1) - 5 (1-1) 9
T-6 Lee - 3 (1-2) 6 (2-2) 9
T-8 rethink - 8 (2-2) - 8
T-8 Morfod - 8 (2-2) - 8
T-10 Code 7 (2-2) - - 7
T-10 Phyrex 7 (2-0) 0 (0-1) 0 (0-2) 7
T-12 Lady Silver - 3 (1-2) - 3
T-12 CHILLY_BUS 0 (0-4) 0 (0-4) 3 (1-2) 3
14 negatratoron - - 0 (0-3) 0
General Rules
The verison of Retro to use will be 1.4X6. It does not require manual tracker configuration. Download DXX Retro 1.4X6. If you're not sure how to install Retro, please visit http://descentchampions.org/new_player.php

Swiss Qualifiers
The first three qualifiers will use a 4-round Swiss tournament system. Players may join or leave the tournament at any time. Every player will choose three home levels that they will play as their home levels throughout the entire season. Any Descent 1 level can be used, but roncli has the right to deny a level if it has excessive 4D content, is too heavy on mega missiles, has visually unpleasing aesthetics, or is otherwise difficult to observe and commentate. Also, a player may not select a level they selected last season and was played during the event. When matchups are made, one player will play in one of their home levels as picked by their opponent.

After every qualifier, players will have an opportunity to replace one of their home levels with a new one, provided the new home level meets the criteria of other home levels. There is no limit to how many times you can use a level throughout the season, so if you take a level out after Qualifier 1, you could bring it back for the Finals Tournament. Level changes will be made manually, and participants will be given the means with which how to replace levels after a qualifier is completed.

Games in the qualifiers are contested under DCL rules, which means games are to 20, win by 2. Cloak and invulnerability powerups should be banned if they exist in the level. See http://descentchampions.org/how_works.php, under the Match Structure section. In addition to DCL rules, the host of the game must open up the game a minimum of 4 observers.

At the end of the tournament, players are awarded a number of Season Points equal to 3 times the number of games they won PLUS the total number of games won by each of the opponents they beat in the tournament.

Finals Tournament
Four players will be invited to join the Finals Tournament based on their Season Points total. Prior to the Finals Tournament, an anarchy game will be played to determine the fifth and sixth spots, and will feature any players tied in the 5th position and enough players under them to have at least 4 pilots in the match, down to and including the 8th position along with any ties. Game is played to 10 times the number of players involved, and the level to be used will be agreed to by the pilots involved. Primaries are to be duplicated at x2 for 3 to 4 players, x3 for 5 to 6 players, and x4 for 7 to 8 players.

The tournament will be a single elimination knockout tournament. Home levels will remain the same as they were throughout the season, with one final home level swap allowed prior to the tournament. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, the highest seeded player chooses an opponent from the three lowest seeds available in that round, meaning in the quarterfinals, the #3 seed chooses whether to play the #4, #5 or #6 seed.

Rounds are decided by a combined score home-and-home series. Each game is played to 15 in the quarterfinals and the semifinals, and 20 in the finals, with no win by 2 rule in effect. Cloak and invulnerability powerups are still banned. The match can be ended when it is impossible for one player to win the series without the involvement of suicides. If there is no winner after two games, then a new game is played. The lower seeded player may choose to select a different level from the higher seed's set of home levels. The game is played to 5, win by 2.

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