Only half the league managed to finish “not last” in season 4, so Luis, Web, Efro, Rich, and Randy will be watching as 12 players compete for the other 5 spots in the league. We’ve assembled quite the slate to play for those invitations too. Check it out:
The details are a bit more complicated, but the format is essentially triple elimination: First we’ll do a double elimination bracket, with 4 byes given to the 4 players who finished last in S4 and 4 qualifications on the line. Then the 8 players who don’t grab one of those spots will play a single elim Last Chance Qualifier for the final spot.
We probably know who our 4 playoff competitors are (though Chris can still tie for a spot by going 2-0 tonight and getting help in the form of a loss by either Rich or Luis), but look how close the battle for last in! If Steve loses then it’s obviously just him, but if Steve beats Chris then all 5 of the other matches feature a player who must win in order to avoid relegation into next season’s play-in tournament.
We will of course play Steve’s match against Chris last, for maximum torture, I mean drama.
We start with the Ochoa v Maher match that was postponed from week 7, but we also have to postpone one match – Pikula v Ochoa – to next week. So we’ll have our normal five matches, but with just one week left after tonight we should have well more than our normal share of drama!