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    Grand Slam Draft Tournament

    Ok, so hear me out. This one's a bit of a hair-brained scheme, but it could potentially be a fun draft-style "tournament" which operates in a unique way. Essentially the premise of the draft is to resemble a real-life knockout tournament. Where 8, or even 16, drafters compete against one another in one-on-one style duels until a champion emerges. In a nutshell, it basically works the same way as a Grand Slam tennis tournament. I'm kind of making this up on the fly, but some general rules would be as follows...


    - Each drafter is entered into the tournament bracket & competes in one-on-one mini drafts against their opponent. These mini drafts are exclusive to the two players involved, & will run simultaneously with the other matchups for the round.

    - Prior to each round, there will be a virtual coin toss. The winner of the toss has the choice of picking first in the draft, or choosing to set the parameters for the draft (Eg: "1948 Ashes players only", or "10 Tests or less"). The coin-toss winner must also stipulate whether Bradman is available or not.

    - Players are then free to pick. 8 hour time limits apply. If a drafter times out, their opponent may continue to make selections every eight hours. Drafters which have timed-out are permitted to make "catch up" picks when they can. If a drafter times out four times in succession (48 hours) they will forfeit the round. Also, cricketers may be selected numerous times by different drafters in the same round, but cannot (obviously) be selected twice in an individual duel.

    - Once each mini-draft for the round has been completed, we'll go to a vote. Rather than creating numerous threads for this, we can just post our votes in this thread, leaving the vote open for a period of a few days. The winner of each battle will progress to the next round & square off against their next opponent.


    Anyone keen to give this a go? Will need either 8 or 16 players to make it work. I won't be competing, but rather administrating. Alternatively, the same concept can be adapted if we get somewhere between 8 & 16 drafters (or even more) where we split drafters off into groups & go with a group/knockout style comp. Keen for anyone to offer insight on how to improve the tournament, too.

    Hope to lure the cream of the CW drafting crop
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    Sounds interesting. I'm off to la belle France for Xmas with the in-laws from the 20th to the 31st, so might have limited t'interweb access for that period, but would be up for it notwithstanding Johnny Frog's mildly cack broadband.
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    Haven't been one in ages. Will love the chance, Jimmy.
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    that sounds fun.

    eight hours seems short when considering the Australia-Europe time difference though?
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    The specific draft rules would have to be fairly tight throughout right? Like the 1948 and less than 10 tests examples are pretty good. Even a slighty too big window though will result in too many good available players and too many impossible to split teams

    Maybe groups of 4 instead of 1 v 1 would be better?
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    I'll play; agree with mr that groups of 4 could be better if we get 16 players. Question: Say toss winner selects to start and chooses to play with Bradman, then second player chooses something like 'had a less-than-10-year Test career'. Would Bradman be eligible?

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    I will give an opinion on this some time tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Sounds interesting. I'm off to la belle France for Xmas with the in-laws from the 20th to the 31st, so might have limited t'interweb access for that period, but would be up for it notwithstanding Johnny Frog's mildly cack broadband.
    Niiiice. Enjoy. I'm going to France myself in April next, excited about visiting Europe for the first time. I'd say if this thing kicks off before Christmas, we might just initiate a hiatus on Xmas day since everyone will be busy then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magrat Garlick View Post
    that sounds fun.

    eight hours seems short when considering the Australia-Europe time difference though?
    Actually, yeah. A head-to-head battle between someone from the UK & someone from Asia/Oceania will require probably a 12 hour limit at the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_mister View Post
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    The specific draft rules would have to be fairly tight throughout right? Like the 1948 and less than 10 tests examples are pretty good. Even a slighty too big window though will result in too many good available players and too many impossible to split teams

    Maybe groups of 4 instead of 1 v 1 would be better?
    Quote Originally Posted by Milenko47 View Post
    I'll play; agree with mr that groups of 4 could be better if we get 16 players. Question: Say toss winner selects to start and chooses to play with Bradman, then second player chooses something like 'had a less-than-10-year Test career'. Would Bradman be eligible?
    Four groups of four also sounds pretty good and I'd be keen on running the comp that way. I'm intrigued to see how the whole 1 vs 1 dynamic will play out, and I suppose the winners, or top two, from each group will end up progressing to knockout stage.

    As for your question Milenko, if the person who wins the "toss" chooses to pick first, then they must wait for their opponent to outline the draft parameters before the round will begin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy101 View Post
    Four groups of four also sounds pretty good and I'd be keen on running the comp that way. I'm intrigued to see how the whole 1 vs 1 dynamic will play out, and I suppose the winners, or top two, from each group will end up progressing to knockout stage.

    As for your question Milenko, if the person who wins the "toss" chooses to pick first, then they must wait for their opponent to outline the draft parameters before the round will begin.
    My question is whether Bradman is eligible if the toss winner chooses that he is and their opponent makes a draft where Bradman wouldn't be eligible otherwise.

    If we get something like 12 people we could do 4 pools of 3 wherein two progress to 1v1 quarterfinals and so on.

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    I'd be happy to give this a go, sounds an intriguing format!
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