Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Esoteric Bracket Mechanics: Five Ties

Occasionally, the convoluted rules and strangely small voting population of this enterprise result in situations complicated enough that they get their own posts.  These are provided for the three or four bracket enthusiasts to dork out on.  Understanding this sort of thing is not necessary to vote, let alone enjoy the art!

Today's situation is a cluster of cascading ties in the Second Round.  It all started with this January 2013 match:


Nothing much happened with that until August, when another Second Round tie happened:


Daumier clobbered Gainsborough in the top tiebreaker, but in the lower match David and Gauguin fought their way to another tie.  

Meanwhile, though, Goya and El Greco had run into a tie of their own.  At this point, the spot on the brackets that had originally been for the Gainsborough/Gauguin match now held the David/Gauguin tie, and another round of tiebreakers could pair off the "top" artists and the "bottom" artists:


El Greco

In the bottom tiebreaker, El Greco got away from Gauguin (1-1-1) and will progress along the same path he would have traveled if he had beaten Goya in the first place.  In the upper tiebreaker, however, Goya and David... tied.

So!  Daumier and El Greco progress with records of 2-0-1!  Gauguin (1-1-2) and Gainsborough (1-1-1) hope for better things in the Left Brackets.  The old Gainsborough/Gauguin bracket slot looks like this:


...with Goya (1-0-2!) and David (1-0-3!) waiting for the next Second Round tie.


Morgan said...

So Gentileschi will be caught in limbo for an indefinite time period?

Michael5000 said...

Gentileschi is still in a live match against Gericault. There's no point calling that match, since we know there's no opponent for its winner to play.

I suppose that's "Yes, kind of."