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Professor’s Corner – Match Resolution for Best-of-3 Swiss Matches 10/05/2013

Posted by raznprince in Ask a Professor, Pokemon News, Pokemon TCG, TCG News, TCG Strategy.
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With the change of Tier 2 Premier Events announced, players will now play in Best-of-3 Swiss Matches starting with Fall Regionals. As such, TPCi has re-introduced ties it has previously run in distant formats and will be determined in the following manner cited from the 2013-2014 TCG Rules and Formats:

Match Resolution During Swiss Rounds
Section 8.3: Determining the Outcome of an Unresolved, Best-of-Three Match

Game 1
• If the last turn ends during game 1, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after game 1 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after the game 1 winner has been determined but before the starting player for game 2 has been determined, the winner of game 1 wins the match.

Game 2
• If the last turn ends during game 2, the winner of game 1 wins the match.
• If time is called after game 2 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the winner of game 1 wins the match.
• If time is called after the game 2 winner has been determined but before the starting player for game 3 has been determined, the match results in a tie.

Game 3
• If the last turn ends during game 3, the match results in a tie.
• If time is called after game 3 has been resolved but before the starting player for a Sudden Death game has been determined, the match results in a tie.

What this means:
-Please be reminded that the following explanations apply to SWISS rounds.
-If Plus 3 Rule is in effect, match winner or tie can only be determined by any of the above-explained criteria after Turn 3.
-The “4-Prize Rule”  does not apply to determine the winner of Game 2. The game must be decided on Game 2 before time is called for a match score of 1-1 for the tie to result.
-Plus 3 does not apply once a game has been resolved after time has been called through setup of the next game. The match winner or tie will be determined based on the game score at the moment time was called.
-Sudden Death will not be used to determine a winner of a match.

It is presumed at this time that Top Cut matches will also be Best-of-3 matches with complete game, and Sudden Death conditions applied as they are Single Elimination matches. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Professor Raz

Professor Knowledge Difficulty: Advanced

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