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The Observatory

The Observatory is a show I run on Twitch that highlights Descent matches in DXX-Retro's observer mode. The show uses a custom built version of DXX-Retro that includes some extra statistics such as kill streaks, runs, kill-over-time graphs, and more.

Here is the playlist used for the show's music.

Season 6

October 28, 2017 through December 9, 2017
The Observatory returns with Season 6! Airing Saturdays starting on October 28, there will be 3 weeks of qualifying Swiss tournaments, culminating in an invitational knockout tournament on December 9th.

Qualifier 1 - Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Qualifier 2 - Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Qualifier 3 - Saturday, November 18rd, 2017, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Finals Tournament - Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
To enter, be sure to join the The Observatory's Discord server. DescentBot will notify everyone when the tournament is open for signups, usually an hour before the start of the broadcast. Simply type !join in chat, and the bot will take care of the rest!

Note that this is NOT a DCL exclusive event, anyone may join!

Qualifier 1

Round 1

b2af 20 Code 17 Ethylene
Jediluke 20 melvin 12 Take2
Maestro 21 Swarthy 19 Crimson
Cyrus 20 Phyrex 13 Flea

Round 2

Jediluke 20 b2af 7 Audacity
Maestro 22 melvin 20 Ethylene
Cyrus 20 Swarthy 10 Flea
Phyrex 20 Code 12 Mindtrix

Round 3

b2af 21 Maestro 19 Crimson
Jediluke 20 Cyrus 15 Ascend x5
Phyrex 20 Swarthy 18 Flea

Round 4

Lee 20 Code 16 GI-Jane's Playground
Jediluke 20 Maestro 3 Wrath x5
Cyrus 20 b2af 15 Flea

Qualifier 2

Round 1

Jediluke 20 Lee 6 Wrath x5
Phyrex 20 Swarthy 11 Anon
Code 20 Maestro 17 Satan's Hell Hole

Round 2

Jediluke 20 Code 9 KO
Swarthy 24 Lee 22 Lurk
Phyrex 36 Maestro 34 Anon

Round 3

Jediluke 20 Swarthy 2 Audacity x5
Lee 20 Code 17 Pillbox x5

Round 4

Code 20 Swarthy 11 Ethylene
zero 20 Lee 8 Black Rose
Jediluke 20 Phyrex 1 Wrath x5

Qualifier 3

Round 1

Jediluke 20 Maestro 3 Crimson
zero 20 Lee 8 Mindtrix
Phyrex 20 Swarthy 16 Mindtrix

Round 2

Jediluke 20 Phyrex 0 Ascend x5
zero 20 Maestro 10 Logic
Lee 20 Swarthy 11 Awakened

Round 3

Swarthy 20 Maestro 14 Lurk
Jediluke 20 zero 13 Ascend x5
Phyrex 20 Lee 15 Synapse

Round 4

Jediluke 20 Lee 8 Ascend x5
zero 20 Swarthy 5 Flea
Maestro 20 Phyrex 13 Mindtrix
Pos Pilot Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Total
1 Jediluke 19 (4-0) 18 (4-0) 19 (4-0) 56
2 Phyrex 6 (2-1) 7 (2-1) 8 (2-2) 21
3 zero - 4 (1-0) 12 (3-1) 16
4 Cyrus 13 (3-1) - - 13
5 Lee 3 (1-0) 5 (1-3) 4 (1-3) 12
6 Maestro 6 (2-2) 0 (0-2) 5 (1-3) 11
T-7 b2af 8 (2-2) - - 8
T-7 Swarthy 0 (0-3) 4 (1-3) 4 (1-3) 4
9 Code 0 (0-3) 7 (2-2) - 7
10 melvin 0 (0-2) - - 0
General Rules
The verison of Retro to use will be 1.4X5. It does not require manual tracker configuration. Download DXX Retro 1.4X5. If you're not sure how to install Retro, please visit

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 observer and commentate. 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, 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
Five 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 sixth spot, and will feature any players tied in the 6th position and enough players under them to have at least 4 pilots in the match. 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. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, the highest seeded player chooses an opponent from the two lowest seeds available in that round, meaning in the quarterfinals, the #3 seed chooses whether to play the #5 or #6 seed.

Rounds are decided by a combined score home-and-home series. Each game is played to 10 in the quarterfinals, 15 in 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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