Collegiate Starleague: Season 1

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[e][h]Collegiate Starleague Season 1
League Information
Type:
Online
Location:
United States United States
Format:
Regular Season + Playoffs
Start Date:
2009-02-15
End Date:
2009-04-26
Winners
Teams
Number of Teams:
26

General Information[edit]

What began as a showmatch between Princeton and MIT [1] grew rapidly into an intercollegiate league in which 26 colleges competed in StarCraft: Brood War. The official season began in February 2009. Schools participated in six rounds of Swiss-format play, after which the top eight schools entered playoff matches.

Participating Universities[edit]

26 teams participated in the 1st Season of the CSL, including 24 American and 2 Canadian schools.

Format[edit]

CSL Season 1 followed the tournament guidelines set by The DCI, the organized body behind competitive Magic: The Gathering tournaments.

The DCI uses the Swiss tournament system for most of its events. Unlike a standard single-elimination tournament, at most one team stands out during each round. Pairing is determined by records and standings, with the two highest ranked teams playing each other, and so on.[2]

Match reporting was done by email, with coordinators submitting specially prepared PDF forms. Records and standings were calculated using a slightly modified version of the DCI Reporter program (now the Wizards Event Reporter).

Rounds[edit]

The number of rounds was predetermined based on the number of participating teams. The DCI recommends 5 rounds of Swiss for tournaments between 17-32 participants. Overall, these recommendations mirror the number of rounds required to complete a single-elimination tournament.

The format of each match was four 1v1s and one 2v2. Each game of the match had to be played. Games were ordered as follows:

  • Game 1: 1v1
  • Game 2: 1v1
  • Game 3: 2v2
  • Game 4: 1v1
  • Game 5: 1v1

Standings[edit]

Standings were determined by a point system. Points were given as follows:

  • 3 points for winning a match.
  • 1 point for drawing a match.
  • 0 points for losing a match.

The match format naturally discludes the possibility of a draw. However, teams were allowed to intentionally draw matches in the last round of Swiss, if they agreed such an outcome suited them mutually.

Tiebreaking[edit]

Tiebreaking was based on three percentages, calculated for each team at the end of each round.

  • Opponents’ match-win percentage (OMW): The average match-win percentage of the team’s opponents.
  • Percentage of games won (PGW): Equal to the total number of games won divided by the number of games played. (Note: 1 match = 5 games)
  • Opponent’s game-win percentage (OGW): The average game-win percentage of the team's opponents.

Note: "Establishing a minimum of 0.33 for percentages limits the effect low performances have when calculating and comparing opponents’ match-win percentages." [2]

Playoffs[edit]

The top 8 Swiss teams were than seeded into a single-elimination Playoff bracket. The quarter final matches were determined as follows:

Playoff seeding
1st vs 8th
4th vs 5th
2nd vs 7th
3rd vs 6th

The format for each playoff match was three 1v1s, one 2v2, and a closing ace match. The match goes to the first team to gather three wins. The 4th set and ace set are only played if necessary. Sets were ordered as follows:

  • Set 1: 1v1
  • Set 2: 1v1
  • Set 3: 2v2
  • Set 4: 1v1
  • Set 5: Ace

Swiss Standings[edit]

Swiss Standings after Round 5
Rank
Name
Points
Tie 1
OMW
Tie 2
PGW
Tie 3
OGW
Matches
P/W/D/B
1.
 United States University of Texas 13 0.5333 1.0000 0.5123 5/4/1/0
2.
 United States U.C. Berkeley 10 0.5866 0.6000 0.7356 5/3/1/0
3.
 United States Univ. of Southern California 10 0.5733 0.6667 0.6846 5/3/1/0
4.
 United States Georgia Tech 10 0.5200 0.5454 0.5133 5/3/1/0
5.
 United States Rutgers University 10 0.4800 1.0000 0.4783 5/3/1/0
6.
 United States Emory University 10 0.4800 0.7000 0.5300 5/3/1/0
7.
 Canada McGill University 9 0.5600 0.5333 0.5580 5/3/0/0
8.
 United States CalTech 9 0.5200 0.5000 0.5640 5/3/0/0
9.
 United States MIT 9 0.4800 0.6363 0.5255 5/3/0/0
10.
 United States Harvey Mudd College 9 0.4000 0.7778 0.4189 5/3/0/0
11.
 United States University of Chicago 6 0.5733 0.5000 0.5672 5/2/0/0
12.
 United States Princeton University 6 0.5733 0.4615 0.6142 5/2/0/0
13.
 United States U.C. Santa Barbara 6 0.5333 0.4167 0.6215 5/2/0/0
14.
 United States Johns Hopkins University 6 0.4400 0.4167 0.4864 5/2/0/0
15.
 United States U.C. Irvine 6 0.4333 0.6250 0.5178 4/1/0/1
16.
 Canada University of Victoria 6 0.4267 0.5714 0.5140 5/2/0/0
17.
 United States University of Illinois 6 0.3733 0.4167 0.4232 5/2/0/0
18.
 United States Stanford University 4 0.4133 0.5000 0.4975 5/1/1/0
19.
 United States Rice University 4 0.3867 0.4545 0.4589 5/1/1/0
20.
 United States Yale University 3 0.5067 0.3750 0.6412 5/1/0/0
21.
 United States Harvard University 3 0.5000 0.2727 0.5416 4/0/0/1
22.
 United States Oberlin College 3 0.4667 0.3333 0.5161 5/1/0/0
23.
 United States Carnegie Mellon University 3 0.4533 0.3000 0.5113 5/1/0/0
24.
 United States Ohio State University 3 0.4333 0.4285 0.5032 4/0/0/1
25.
 United States University of Maryland 3 0.4133 0.4000 0.4916 5/1/0/0
26.
 United States Auburn University 0 0.5000 0.3333 0.7500 2/0/0/0
  • P/W/D/B: Played/Won/Drew/Bye
  • Rutgers and USC submitted match results late and their results were not included, which is why Rutgers has a 1.0 PGW

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
  Georgia Tech
0
  U.C. Berkeley
3
  McGill University
3
  Emory
2
  USC
0
  Rutgers
3
  U. Texas Austin
3
  CalTech
0
Semifinals
  U.C. Berkeley
3
  McGill University
0
  Rutgers
1
  U. Texas Austin
3
Finals
  U.C. Berkeley
3
  U. Texas Austin
1
  • McGill University forfeited their Semi-Final match vs U.C. Berkeley


All-Star Match[edit]

After the season ended, players from the top 8 teams were selected to represent their schools in a Bo5 showmatch. Teams were randomly assembled.

Results[edit]

All-stars A 3-2 All-Stars B

  1. [UTexas]joLin vs. [UTexas]Tifa
  2. Meatpost[AoV] vs. [McGill]Freaky
  3. [Emory]ziz vs. [Rutgers]Nesh
  4. [UCB]yosh vs. [MIT]StRyKeR
  5. [UCB]yosh vs. [MIT]StRyKeR

Media[edit]

Grand Final casted by Cholera[edit]

Rutgers vs University of Texas (Semifinal 1) casted by Cholera[edit]

All-Star Match casted by Cholera and Day[9][edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Collegiate StarCraft League (Princeton vs MIT)" January 21st, 2009, accessed June 16, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "DCI Tournament Organizer's Handbook" (PDF). See: Tournament Operating Procedures. Wizards of the Coast. May 5th, 2007. Accessed June 16th, 2011.