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The Observatory

Season 8

March 10, 2018 through March 31, 2018
The eighth 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, March 10th, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Qualifier 2 - Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Qualifier 3 - Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Finals Tournament - Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Watch all of the Season 8 episodes

Qualifier 1

Round 1

Jediluke 20 Code 10 Intel x5
Mark392 20 melvin 8 Audacity

Round 2

Jediluke 20 PFunk 2 Wrath x5
melvin 20 Code 11 Ethylene
Mark392 20 Morfod 9 RIP

Round 3

Code 20 PFunk 8 RIP
melvin 20 Morfod 12 Take2
Jediluke 20 Mark392 17 Mindtrix

Round 4

Mark392 20 Lee 8 (Untitled)
melvin 20 PFunk 10 RIP
Code 20 Morfod 9 Ethylene

Qualifier 2

Round 1

Morfod 20 Swarthy 16 Hurt
rethink 20 Code 11 Crimson x2

Round 2

Code 20 Swarthy 14 Squeemish
melvin 20 rethink 11 Take 2
Morfod 20 Lee 15 RIP

Round 3

rethink 20 Swarthy 14 Flea x3
melvin 20 Morfod 15 Take2
Lee 22 Code 20 Thine Hour Hast Come

Round 4

rethink 21 Morfod 19 Lurk
melvin 20 Code 15 Ethylene
Swarthy 20 Lee 18 Hurt

Qualifier 3

Round 1

melvin 21 Swarthy 19 Ethylene
Jediluke 20 Lee 2 Junior w/ Vulcan x5

Round 2

melvin 20 Phyrex 4 Badge x3
Swarthy 20 Lee 16 Neuman
Jediluke 20 zero 11 Fuzed

Round 3

Jediluke 20 melvin 6 Ascend x5
Phyrex 20 Lee 16 (Untitled)
zero 20 Swarthy 10 Hurt

Round 4

Jediluke 20 Swarthy 10 Badge
melvin 20 Lee 10 Ethylene
zero 20 Phyrex 17 Swiss Cheese Sorrow
Pos Pilot Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Total
1 melvin 11 (3-1) 15 (3-0) 11 (3-1) 37
2 Jediluke 14 (3-0) - 18 (4-0) 32
3 rethink - 13 (3-1) - 13
4 Mark392 12 (3-1) - - 12
5 Code 6 (2-2) 4 (1-3) - 10
T-6 zero - - 8 (2-1) 8
T-6 Morfod 0 (0-3) 8 (2-2) - 8
8 Swarthy - 4 (1-3) 3 (1-2) 7
9 Lee 0 (0-1) 4 (1-2) 0 (0-4) 4
10 Phyrex - - 3 (1-2) 3
11 PFunk 0 (0-3) - - -
5) Code 26
6) Morfod 23
7) Zero 40
8) Swarthy 29
3) rethink 29
8) Swarthy 26
1) Melvin 26
3) rethink 27
4) Mark392 21
7) Zero 10
2) Jediluke 27
4) Mark392 20
2) Jediluke 35
3) rethink 15
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 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 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 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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