ISML 2012 Preliminary Period

The Preliminary Period follows the Nomination Period. In each Division, it filters 84 Candidates to 36 Contestants.

ISML 2012 Nomination Period Results

See the 2012 Charter or the Rules FAQ for more details about Preseason procedures.
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Phase I

Phase I divides Candidates into pools of seven. In each round, voters may choose up to two characters per pool (arena). Candidates are regrouped in Rounds 2 and 3 based on their performance in previous rounds. At the end of Round 3, the Candidate with the most votes in each of the twelve pools advances to the Regular Season. The remaining Candidates (72 per Division) continue competing in Phase II.

Seeding Round

The Seeding Round helps to provide more data about the Contestants discovered in Phase I and the remaining Candidates in Phase II. Characters are organized into new pools, and voters may select up to two characters per pool. These matches do not have distinct winners or losers, but results here will aid in seeding for the remainder of the Preliminaries and for the Regular Season.

Phase II

Phase II splits Candidates into groups of nine. Each group participates in a round-robin 1-vs-1-vs-1 tournament. The four rounds are scheduled over eight days with eight groups participating in each day. Four points are earned for winning a match while two points are earned for placing second. After the four rounds, the winner of each group advances to the Regular Season.

Phase III

Phase III splits the remaining 64 Candidates per Division into brackets of four. A single-elimination 1-vs-1 tournament is held in each bracket. The winner of each bracket advances to the Regular Season. Losing Candidates are eliminated from the main tournament but may appear again in exhibition matches.

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