Feedback on Urban Rules & Swiss vs. Double-Elimination Tournaments
We sent out a survey following the Urban Open to generate feedback about the event. It included many specific questions about Urban Rules and the Tiered Swiss tournaments. Here were some of the common responses:
Our data seems to bear this out, as when throwers were separated by 1 or 2 points, it was not possible to end the round in a tie. Throwers tied on fifth axe remained tied less often than in Premier Rules as well, as the possibility of a Premier Clutch, touch Clutch, or missed Clutch attempt makes throwers less likely to achieve the same result on their final throw of the round. The latter is to be expected when introducing touch Clutch points, but we can increase the number of ties when players are apart by 1 or 2 points by adjusting the Clutch values. Note that Big Axe tiebreakers will always be inherently shorter with the addition of a 4-point value and touch Clutch, but more decisive Big Axe tiebreakers has been largely popular in the feedback we’ve received and rewards the more accurate Big Axe thrower.
This was the most common suggestion to improve the ruleset we received, and we will be following suit and raising the touch Clutch value to 6 pts. We were initially hesitant to do this as we expected the touch Clutch percentages of many of the top players to be very high and thought this would remove much of the risk from a Clutch attempt. The average successful Clutch attempt (Premier and touch combined) percentage for each tier was:
This would suggest top tier players would benefit most from a higher touch Clutch value. However, only 25 throwers out 158 had a better Clutch percentage than Premier bullseye percentage: 10 in the Over, 7 in the Mid, and 8 in the Under. This shows that there are players at all levels that will benefit from a higher touch Clutch value, and most players still have a better chance of hitting a Premier bullseye than a touch Clutch. Having data and statistics like this is also beneficial for showing throwers how their performance compares to others in their current tier and offering benchmarks to which they might aspire as they grow in experience and attempt to progress to the next tier.
We were unsure where throwers would fall on this rule, but 66.7% of respondents were in favor of the rule while 13.9% were opposed. Another 19.4% were neutral, expressing no preference or an ability to see both sides of the equation. We will uphold the one axe rule, as we feel it does provide an additional challenge that is beneficial with the introduction of touch and Premier Clutch.
We’re committed to running Swiss + Single-Elimination tournaments because we believe they provide the best value experience for the broadest set of tournament competitors, and we’ll delve into that later in this Blog post. We also hope people will understand that Swiss + Single-Elimination and Double-Elimination tournaments are like apples and oranges. The benefit of Swiss is it produces a seeded order of throwers for Single-Elimination, rewarding those that performed best during the Swiss rounds. The disadvantage of an unseeded Single-Elimination is mitigated by the second round of matches, i.e. Double-Elimination. We believe that seeded throwers coming out of Swiss already have the advantage they need to progress through a Single-Elimination bracket, without the need for Double-Elimination.
Other notable takeaways from the survey:
Most of our Urban Rules events thus far have been held as Swiss tournaments. We believe Swiss Tournaments + Single-Elimination provides a better value proposition for the majority of the tournament field than the traditional Double-Elimination format. Here’s a comparison of how each tournament format impacts the number of throws for its participants:
These numbers show Swiss tournaments significantly increase the playtime for most of a tournament field while maintaining a similar amount of playtime for those that progress to the final stages of a Double-Elimination tournament.
Click here to learn about our Urban Rules Updates and how we hope they will improve the current ruleset!