The first round is officially underway! I had a few more teams than I expected join at the last second, which threw the brackets for a loop, but I have found a good balance. It was a bit more of a task to get all the game libraries synced up, but with that legwork out of the way y'all can hit the ground running! Now below you'll see three separate brackets, which I know is a little odd, but there's a method to my madness. Essentially the rounds break down to what most people would consider the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals. The twist here is, the finals will have three teams fighting it out instead of the usual two you would expect.
This will pan out one of two ways. Either the three teams will face off simultaneously in the same game or there would be some face-paced round robin matches between the three. I figured a system like this would be more fun then a simple X, Y, & Z team get a pass for one round. Also with this amount of teams, we won't be doing a loser's bracket, but if more sign up in the following season I would definitely like to see it brought back.
Here is the timeline for this season. With holidays and finals for students, this should allow everyone enough time, but if some wiggle room is needed, please let me know.
Quarterfinals: November 21st - December 17th
Semi-finals: January 1st - January 20th
Finals: January 21st - February 11th
Round 1: The Quarterfinals!