As of today, 37 of the 56 members involved in the original tournament have committed to this new tournament. That is a very good 66% of the members wanting to finish the season properly. 30 members are returning from the Americas Region, which gives us 60 fighters total. The other 7 (plus 1 member not included originally) are in the European Region.
The 8 Euro members will make for a perfect 16-fighter bracket for Super Brawl II. As mentioned in my previous blog, the European members will all be in the same 16-fighter bracket so that they can continue to play each other, limiting problems with time zones and lag issues. Only the winner of the European (Red) bracket will have to worry about playing any Americas members in the Final Four.
A correction is necessary from my previous blog. Since the tournament is a single elimination tournament, we need to get to a perfect 64-fighter roster to have even number of matches and rounds. Since 16 fighters are coming from the European Region, the remaining 48 fighters will come from the Americas Region. The problem is we have 56 fighters committed from the Americas Region, which means we need to trim the roster by 82 fighters. To do this, the 8 lowest ranked fighters will fight the next 8 lowest ranked fighting in the 1st Round. This will be known as the Play-In Matches. The winners of these 8 matches will then move on to the 2nd round of the tournament, which is the same round where everyone will start playing. Originally, I stated that the top 8 fighters would receive a bye. That is incorrect and was based on all members & fighters being placed together. That would create many Euro vs American matches all over the tournament and lead to the eventual lag & time zone problems. My original design forgot this important detail. Obviously, with the Play-In Matches, they need to be played as quickly as possible since the winning fighter will have his/her next opponent waiting to play in the 2nd round.
All members that were invited back will be ranked at the very bottom since they don't have a current ranking. This will put them all into those play-in matches mentioned above. All regular members will be seeded based on the Week 21 rankings.
A layout of the final 64 fighter tournament is posted below. This graphic does not include the 1st round matches (Play-In) since that final number of fighters & matches involved could still change over the weekend by more joining the tournament or possibly dropping out. 3 members officially said they were not coming back. Below is the latest roster of members participating, including the fighters being used. If you wish to change one or both of your fighters, let me know as soon as possible so I can correctly post the matches on Monday. Any member can switch out their fighters without any penalty for this tournament.
(30) Americas Region members listed alphabetically:
1 . Alfredurst ( New Mexico ) ( Gouken , Juri )
2 . Capitolc ( Maryland ) ( Chun Li , Dee Jay )
3 . Ccinoone ( New York ) ( Ken , M. Bison )
4 . Chidoridillon ( Minnesota ) ( Gouken , Guy )
5 . Cuby ( Florida ) ( Ken , Sakura )
6 . DJ__C--4 ( Guatemala ) ( Ryu , Sakura )
7 . Domokun_Nomnom ( Massachusetts ) ( Ibuki , Juri )
8 . ElGeneral ( California ) ( Guile , M. Bison )
9 . ElSwiveo ( Colorado ) ( Dhalsim , Ibuki )
10 . EncodedNybble ( California ) ( Abel , Ibuki )
11 . Epedemicc ( New Jersey ) ( Gouken , Cody )
12 . Feiinweltall ( Texas ) ( Fei Long , Makoto )
13 . Fran_Gil ( Dominican Republic ) ( Balrog , Guile )
14 . GuurenLagen ( Canada ) ( Blanka , Hakan )
15 . Haduken3 ( Washington ) ( Rufus , Cammy )
16 . Kommander-Kev ( Canada ) ( Guile , Ryu )
17 . Manwithnoarms2 ( California ) ( Adon , M. Bison )
18 . ModeType_Beast ( Louisiana ) ( T. Hawk , M. Bison )
19 . ND2130srk ( Virginia ) ( Chun Li , Rose )
20 . Raziel_Sinister * ( Canada ) ( Adon )
21 . RickyTocky ( Pennsylvania ) ( Gen , T. Hawk )
22 . Rteruyas * ( Peru ) ( Balrog )
23 . Serjery * ( Canada ) ( Ken )
24 . SFCCL-SALonghorn ( Texas ) ( Ken , Fei Long )
25 . Shoryuken ( Washington ) ( Cammy , Dee Jay )
26 . Sweet_Poison_ ( Nebraska ) ( Dhalsim , Vega )
27 . TrickyTewi ( California ) ( Vega , Rufus )
28 . Wild_X_187 ( New York ) ( Zangief , Abel )
29 . xx_Von_xx ( Minnesota ) ( Ken , Makoto )
30 . ZTI890 * ( Louisiana ) ( Cammy )
(8) European Region members listed alphabetically:
1 . Altermore ( England ) ( Gen , T. Hawk )
2 . Cravin456 ( England ) ( Ryu , Rose )
3 . Hedr1984 ( Poland ) ( Vega , M. Bison )
4 . MissDiamonds09 ( Germany ) ( Guile , Sagat )
5 . Rudeboy_2Deep ( England ) ( Abel , Adon )
6 . Shooryukenn ( England ) ( Blanka , Guile )
7 . T-Roy_90 ( England ) ( Zangief , Balrog )
8 . Wauhti ( Finland ) ( Juri , Sakura )
Until Monday......don't forget to start practicing!
EDIT - correction made to the number of fighters as the invited fighters will only enter the tournament with 1 fighter per original agreement