Structures available on Toornament
As Toornament offers a vast array of competition structures, here’s a quick and useful guide on what each of them do best. Must read, if you need to pick the format that suits you best!
Each format is detailed, with the maximum number of participants available for this kind of stage, and the improved limit, for Toornament Partners.
The easiest and most used format, a bracket in which participants are eliminated after one loss. Moderate length, with each round having half as many matches as the previous one. It may accommodate a wide range of participants, but leave no room for error as a single loss means elimination. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 512 Pick Single Elimination if you want to rely on a quick, solid format known by everybody. Perfect fit for a first competition, or a quick one. Examples: ROG Community Cup #1 (CS:GO) - Heroes of Ananas #10 (Overwatch)
Another elimination bracket, but in this one a participant has to lose twice to get eliminated. This format is more than twice longer than a Single Elimination one, even though it does not double the matches. It may also accommodate a wide range of participants. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 512 Pick Double Elimination if you want to provide a more flexible experience to your participants, but are confident you understand and can explain the specific rules of the format. Examples: Scorpia Brawl #2 (Clash Royale) - HGC Europe Open Division Playoffs (Heroes of the Storm)
Small groups in which participants play against every other player from their group. With a limited capacity (10 players per group), this stage is used to separate seeds, in a flexible setting as each group is an independent entity. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 1024 Pick Round Robin if you have participants from different skill levels, and wish to have several matches played simultaneously to rank them. Examples: EuropaHalo No Team Needed (Halo) - Zilat Happy Games (CS:GO)
Groups in which participants play in small single or double elimination brackets. Allows for a much shorter group stage than with Round Robin, and with all matches being decisive. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 4096 Pick Bracket Groups if the average participant's skill is consistent, tailored for high-level tournaments. Examples: Quokka 2v2 Retake Map (CS:GO) - GamingMonk Mumbai tournament (Clash Royale)
Large divisions in which participants play against every other player from their division. Works like Round Robin stages, except a League is generally the sole stage of a tournament. May accommodate a wide range of participants, but number of matches and duration increase exponentially with participants. Size: Limit: 128Partner: 128 Pick League if you want to create a continuous stream of matches for all your participants. It's a good fit for online competitions. Examples: BFNations Season 1 NA (Battlefield 1) - IGL FUT Season 1 (FIFA18)
Stage in which participants will play against opponents closest to their skill level, based on their previous results. It works well for large numbers of participants, as the number of matches will get limited by how many rounds you decide to play. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 1024 Pick Swiss System if you want to have a tournament open to all skill levels, or plan on having a lot of participants. Examples: Student Gaming League 2017 (League of Legends) - UEG Hochschulmeisterschaft Season 2 (Hearthstone)
Stage containing a single round of matches, created for the purpose of Free-for-all matches. This new stage is, as its name suggests, a simple series of matches, that you can use to organize Free-for-All . Size: Limit: 256Partner: 4096 Pick Simple if you want to organize a Free-for-all competition, for a Battle Royale or Racing game. Examples: BornToCarry Squad Trophy (Fortnite) - Hunter Games (Darwin Project)
All of the aforementioned structures can be combined freely. Duration, complexity and size are of course dependent on what stages you decide to put together. Size: Limit: 256Partner: 4096 Pick a Combination if you want to offer an exhaustive experience to your participants and audience. Examples: Gamers Assembly 2018 (Rainbow Six) - HSEL Spring Majors (DotA2)
Now that you know what structures are available on Toornament, if you wish to know more about them, head to the general Structure category!