Urban Only Sep30-Oct 2

Urban Only Pre-registration/Lottery & Tournament Format


published 08/05/22


The Urban Only Lottery will be open from 12pm E on Monday, August 8th to 5pm E on Friday, August 12th. Here is your opportunity to let us know that you'd like to come to the Urban Only, and if there's a lot of you - this will also serve as the lottery!

To be eligible for the Urban Only, you need to have participated in a Standard, Premier, Doubles, or Big Axe league at some point since Season 5 of 2021, which started Oct 10th, 2021. If this upcoming season (Season 4 of 2022) is your first, you are eligible for the Urban Only. Memorial Day Marathon league participants from 2022 are not (currently) eligible.

Over the weekend, we are trying a BRAND NEW AXE THROWING FORMAT, Urban Swiss Tiered Tournaments! No one else has done this before, and we are so excited to try it out and get your feedback 😊. Keep reading for more details! We'll also be running the Urban Only Double Elimination Tournament. Using Premier Rules, this format likely feels familiar to anyone who has been to a major tournament before!

Your pre-registration/lottery options are to purchase a ticket for ONLY Urban Swiss Tiered Tournaments, for ONLY the Double Tournament, or BOTH Tournaments if you are interested in participating in both! Please only choose ONE of those three items. Your pre-registration/lottery ticket will go against the cost of the tournaments!

URBAN SWISS Tournament Format

This format borrows a tournament system from Chess and Esports, and allows throwers to throw more matches, but does not require a full round-robin style system. Combining our commitment to giving all throwers a tournament experience at their level, with Urban Swiss, no one is eliminated after two losses, and everyone is guaranteed to throw 5 matches in their tournament tier. So this means more throwing, against throwers at a similar level to you! Urban Swiss gives all throwers a fair chance to progress through to the elimination stage of the tournament, as well as giving participants equally balanced matches!

How Urban Swiss Works

Throwers will be split into tiers of 32 competitors, based on their average from their most recently completed league season (so Season 3, 2022 for most of us). Each tier of 32 throwers will have a random matchup for their Round 1 match in their Urban Swiss tournament tier. Matches in Urban Swiss will be best 3 of 5, with each round going to Big Axe to determine a winner in tied rounds. After the sixteen Round 1 matches have finished, the 32 thrower tier will be split into two pools, those who won (16) and those who lost (16), and then matches for Round 2 will be randomly assigned within those respective pools. After Round 2 is completed, there will be three pools of throwers: throwers who are 2-0 (8 throwers), throwers who are 1-1 (16 throwers) and throwers who are 0-2 (8 throwers). Round 3 matches will be created from each of these pools, so the 2-0 throwers will have 4 matches randomly assigned, the 1-1 throwers will have 8 matches randomly assigned, and the 0-2 throwers will have 4 matches randomly assigned. After Round 1, you’ll always be playing someone who is at a similar level to you, in the Urban Swiss tournament format!

Anything else?

Yes! Urban Swiss tournaments are set up so that you don’t play someone twice in the same tournament! If you threw against someone in Round 1, you won’t throw against them for the rest of the tournament! Someone will end the Urban Swiss tournament with a 5-0 record, but unfortunately, someone else will end with a 0-5 record - so mentally prepare yourself for elation or desolation now!

Once we’ve finished the Urban Swiss tournament, we will run a Single Elimination tournament which will be SEEDED based off the results from the Urban Swiss tournament. So just because you went 5-0, doesn’t mean you get all the glory. Someone could still take that crown! More details will come closer to the tournament on how many will make the Single Elimination tournament.

We’ll also be adapting the IATF rules to fit the appropriate Urban Swiss tier! For the highest averaged tier, expect to be throwing on IATF Premier rules. For the lowest averaged tier, expect to be throwing on IATF Standard rules. For everyone in between, expect something in between!