Can anyone explain to me how games are scheduled in a double-elimination tournament (or send me to the appropriate link)?
- Ranked the players by strength and split them in two groups: strong and weak.
- Matched strongest of the strong group to strongest of the weak group and so on (with some seeding to accommodate the odd number of players)
- After the first round, paired all the losers with the slaughter (i.e. strongest to weakest) method .
- Let the winners wait until the loser bracket was completed
- Paired the players in the winner bracket with the winners of the loser bracket according, again, to the slaughter method
- Repeat steps 3 to 5 for successive rounds until only one player is left
This is not what I see happening. Steps (1) and (2) went as I imagined. After those, however:
- players who lost by time-out did not make it into the loser bracket and were eliminated from the tournament
- the loser bracket’s games started
- the winners of round one were paired and their games started without waiting for the loser bracket’s games to complete
As a result, one winning’s bracket player (the second weakest ranked winner , it seems) was left without an opponent and is asking when she’ll play. I don’t know what to say. Will she skip the second turn? Or is the algorithm waiting for the weakest winner of the losing bracket to complete the winning bracket? Or neither?