Aight, this might end up being a fantastic idea or just a straight garbage one, soo lets see how this goes. You can skip the first paragraph or so by the way, that's just a introduction to it, tl;dr at the bottom. I know EL is still going on right now, playoffs soon :tm: but just an idea so we can be ready in advanced. This might collide with WL but we'll see how their structure looks once published, if it gets good feedback, we will potentially go through with this a few weeks or so after EL finishes.
Basically for a while now, maybe ever since I was with WL, I've always wanted to have an off-season type of cup happening, maybe it can be possible right now with EL! Here's my idea: Do any of you guys watch Premier League Football? (soccer lul) Basically that's obviously a league but it has its own cups during the season. I'd like to hopefully implement that type of cup in to the off-season, e.g FA Cup / Carabao Cup or whatever it's called now! If you guys don't know how it works since you don't watch it, basically teams are randomised throughout the 4 divisions in English Football. So this means you could potentially get a Premier League team (tier 1) against a League Two team (tier 4), the amount of matches being randomly generated have different situations of course, like I said above it could be tier 1 vs tier 4, tier 1 vs tier 1, tier 1 vs tier 2, and so on. You all should know how randomising works lul.
It's also kinda like how the FFA Tourneys were back on MKB, how can I implement this towards MKWii? Well it's literally like I explained above, lets say we get 25 or so teams playing. We'd randomly generate all teams put into their respective matches so an example of this would be, WollywogZ vs Resurrection. That's one generated match, I know.. it's unfair on Resurrection having to face a team that's D1 so we'll probably introduce a losers bracket for this, but imagine watching the draw take place on a media staff stream or whoever will be doing it, waiting for your clan's name to pop up, and the tension building up waiting to see who you will get. As you can see some teams have a bye, obviously this can occur if we don't have an equal amount of teams but everything will be randomly generated and on stream. Also normally in Football, a tier 4 team would be dreaming of getting a tier 1 team since it's a rare experience for them but obviously we know it's a different in MKWii where lower teams would rather not face tier 1 teams, so that's potentially why we could see a losers bracket! I know it sounds pretty bad at first, but think about it, the tension of seeing your team get picked out of the draw and then you could potentially have a favourable match or a non-favourable match. The structure would obviously be knock out, the stages would be dependent on how many teams we get so lets say if we get maximum amount of teams, it would be 3rd stage, 4th stage, 5th stage then Quarters, Semis and finally Finals (with a losers bracket but it highly depends on if you guys want that). The amount of weeks this would take is still to be decided, however I feel we can finish this within 3-6 weeks. The stages matches will be played in consecutive weeks, we probably will be allowing reschedules but won't let it overlap towards the next week due to progress needing to be done, we all witnessed how unorganised matches or playoffs are made from last season of WL (still current due to some playoffs lul) So, we will have fixed schedules that should not be overlapped.
I feel due to the success of ITL Season 1 and maybe Season 2, it showed that Cups are a really good way of getting clans engaged and have more intense matches because obviously in leagues, in my opinion it's not as stressful since you have like 10 or so matches to catch up to first. Cups are probably the meta now and some people might be getting bored of playing leagues, so why not try something different for a change during off season? Rewards might not be appealing but you'll probably get a banner or whatever, some people love their banners and it is a test cup so we'll see how it goes. Since it is a cup and we would only get one winner, I might ask moderators or admins to see if we can get those medals next to the player's profile name just like we had on the old site as well as a banner. Second and Third place would probably get banners.
- Randomly generated matches: could mean D1 team faces D4. Favourable draws are exciting to get while unfavourable draws could mean we have a losers bracket. The draw hopefully will be on stream
- Losers bracket is likely to happen due to this so everyone gets a fair chance, especially teams who get the harder draws
- Imagine seeing your clan's name pop out of the draw during the stream and the tension rising to see who you will face
- It would be 3rd stage(1st round), 4th stage (2nd round), 5th stage (3rd round) then Quarters, Semis and finally Finals. All dependent on how many teams we get
- This is a test cup so obviously it depends on the feedback you guys give if we go through with this
There's so much potential for this to be discussed, hopefully you guys all like it! I really feel a cup format would increase the excitement of EL as well as allowing to compete with WL even more. Competition is good for both leagues and allows them to improve from it.