Should the alliance selection system be changed?
By this, I mean rule < T13> which states that if you have been picked by someone and deny that pick, then you cannot be picked by anyone else above you.
A lot of people I’ve talked to at tournaments agree that this is silly. consider these scenarios…
#1: Team 1234a
#2: Team 5678a
#3: Team 910a
Team 1234a has a bad robot and got a very lucky and easy schedule to finish in 1st. Teams 5678a and 910a both know that they are better than 1234a and plan to alliance. At selections, 1234a picks 910a.
What should 910a do? If they accept, they get stuck with a bad robot. If they decline, they can’t be picked by 5678a, and still get stuck with a team they don’t like. 1234a just ruined an allience.
#12: Team 1234a
#17: Team 5678a
#18: Team 5678b
During alliance selection, team 1234a picks team 5678a. But 5678a really wants to ally with their sister team, 5678b. What should 5678a do?
They could decline 1234a’s offer, knowing they can still pick 5678b as their partner. But then what happens if a team ranked 13-16 picks 5678b? Then 5678a can’t pick 5678b.
Now consider if there were only 18 teams in the tournament, then they would have to accept 1234a’s request. If they decline, they knock themselves and 5678b out of the tournament.
#23: Team 1234a
#24: Team 5678a
#25: Team 910a
#26: Team 1112a
*There are only 26 teams at this tournament.
Team 1234a picks 1112a as their partner. They don’t know the rules, so they decline. 1234a decides to pick 5678a instead.
Now, not only has 1112a knocked themselves out of the tournament, they knocked 910a out of the tournament, because 910a can’t pick 1112a.
910a never did anything, but 1112a’s actions knocked them out of the tournament.
(This happened at SD states a few years back)
These hypotheticals seem kind of unfair to me. I’m curious to see if anyone else feels the same way.
Should rule < T13> be abandoned??
- Yes, abolish < T13>
- No, keep < T13>
People who say no, why?
Feel free to discuss.