Welcome to our most ambitious team event yet! In collaboration with D. Angus Clark III (data scientist), J.T. Russell, and Jason “the captain” Kirk I have worked to bring you a functioning algorithm which will produce “doppelgangers” of your decks! In brief, this means that the algorithm will identify decks roughly the same power level as your deck and with similar AERC distributions and SAS numbers  (except for artifact control which will remain random). So, for any deck we can produce a list of hundreds of statistically similar decks. 


Now for the juicy part!!!

 


In this team event each player will bring 2 decks. From those 2 decks we will use our algorithm to produce a list of 100 doppelganger decks. In each round, each player will bring ONE of their two decks (of their choice) to play two games. First, they will play their deck against their opponent playing one of their doppelgangers (randomly decided by a d100 roll immediately prior to play). They will then play one of their opponent’s doppelgangers against their opponent’s deck in the same fashion for game 2 (or vice versa). 


Scoring: We will use Newton scoring with two wins counting as a 3-0 and a tie counting as 1-1. In the case of a tied round, the team with the most wins with doppelganger decks will be awarded the round (with one extra point). If things are still tied after that during the 6 regulation Swiss rounds, the round will be called a tie. 


Playoff tiebreakers: As before, we will use newton scoring and doppelganger wins to decide tiebreakers. In the event of a tie after all of that in the playoffs two players (one for each team) will use any of the 3 doppelgangers that their team piloted (i.e. one of the 3 doppelgangers of their opponent’s decks that were randomly selected during the round) for a best of 1 archon or reversal game(determined by coin flip before the game is played)!



League Structure: 6 Swiss Rounds Followed by a top cut. Ties will complicate things but I will aim for (roughly) the top 16 or 8 teams depending on league size. I may allow more teams or do a wildcard round to condense 10 teams into 8 for example. This is not an exact science and I want ​​to be transparent about that but I am aiming to reward teams that perform around the X-2 mark. 

 

Video Explanation and Strategy Discussion Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyZaMLURQ0M 


Signups are here and free as always signups end August 31st (Winning team gets a KFPL 5 invite) : https://forms.gle/ryeT8ooZTakmB7jr5