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2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta 
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Post 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta
NAQT has released details about HSNCT this year. While the general format appears to be the same (each team plays 10 power-matched preliminary games, followed by double-elimination playoffs with 6-4 teams starting with a loss), the preliminary rounds are being stretched out into Sunday morning to allow for the possibility of expanding beyond 304 teams. Each team will play 7 preliminary rounds on Saturday without byes, with the field divided into morning and afternoon sessions - you'll play one session and be free to do whatever during the other session. The final 3 preliminary games will be played over 6 rounds on Sunday morning, with the double elimination playoffs in the afternoon and evening. The finals are scheduled to start around 8:15 pm on Sunday evening.

I wonder what effect this will have on teams' plans. Primarily, will there be teams that decide to make plans to return home Sunday evening to avoid the cost of the third night of lodging and then have an unexpected run into the playoffs? Could the added cost of the third night make this plan backfire and make the tournament too expensive for enough teams that the goal of expanding past 304 teams is harder to achieve? (Also of note: buzzers can be picked up no earlier than 7 PM on Sunday.)

Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:03 pm
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Post Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta
I had wondered how NAQT would handle it when they finally hit the limit of what they could do with their current format (it had been clear for a long time that they were getting closer and closer to said limit). The major drawback, of course, is that many, many more people will have to stay Sunday night (but again, I think it was inevitable that this would eventually happen). It will be an even bigger headache if the tournament ever has to move off of Memorial Day weekend. My initial instinct is that this change seems to make a lot of sense and is, in some sense, the best of a tricky set of choices. I'll be very curious to see how well it actually works in practice.

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