Summary of The SWATH
There are 2 types of tournaments, live and forum. The live tournaments are done with anywhere from 5-15 people and argued out for hours in a way that makes a fantasy football draft seem tame. The forum tournaments are done online and involve every member of our forum community. So if you want to get your 2 cents in, join in the fun!
How the Live Tournaments work
Several days or even weeks before we decide to do another tournament we start making up our lists of people we want to see compete. The characters on the lists depend on what our theme is. Typically we do "Tournament of Tournaments" live, meaning characters from all universes are acceptable. Then when we all get together before it starts- we read off our lists and vote on who is in and who is out. Eventually getting the entrants down to 64, or in some cases 128.
The first tournament was spur of the moment with no real "rules" or theme; we have since refined it and each tournament has its own story and "rules" that go along with it.
SWATH moments (where as arch rivals would try to knock each other out even if they were not fighting each other) are a huge part of each tournament. An example of a "SWATH MOMENT" would be He-Man interfering in a match involving Skeletor. We also have venues selected which, more often then not, play a role in the outcome of the battle.
Q: How do you select who is in a Tournament?
A: Several days or even weeks before we decide to do another tournament we start making up our lists of people we want to see compete. The characters on the lists depend on what our theme is. If done online the lists are posted in the forum.
Q: How is the Tournament seeded?
A: Randomly, typically by drawing out of our Avengers bucket or using an online randomizer.
Q: How are the venues selected?
A: We normally post suggestions online ahead of the tournament
Q: Who created the SWATH?
A: Crowley, CommZod, Killer Drunk and RyanTheGr8 created the SWATH
Q: How do you select who wins?
A: Attributes, weapons, history and venue plus lots and lots of arguing. Online tournaments are decided by a poll. Its important to note that victory is by incapacitation and not death. Leaving the venue also would constitute a loss.
Q: Is there anyone not permitted in the tournaments?
A: There is a standing veto list that includes the likes of Q, Dr Manhattan, Galactus, Unicron, etc
Q: What is a SWATH moment?
A: A SWATH moment is anything from a combatant using anothers weapon to a something like the Venom symbiote leaving its host and joining with another.
Q: How is the Top 25 decided?
A: There is a formula we use that includes point values for various levels of wins
Q: Which version of the character is used?
A: Typically we take the strongest version of the character unless otherwise specified. There are exceptions to this rule; for example when Jean Grey is used The Phoenix is not used unless otherwise specified. There is also a list or link of each combatants powers and abilities posted.
Let me know if there is anything else we should add