Originally posted by cubitus I've probably missed something, but how an octet can be "Mini"?
You raise an interesting point. In the naming convention of Mini, the current tournaments include the first 8 to enter as one group. But then a non-mini octet (what most of them are called, just a straight octet) should allow 16 or 32 to enter before starting and have the whole broken into groups of 8. Winners of round 1 compete in round 2 and so on.
Anybody in favor of a regular octet allowing more than 8 to enter before starting? The non-thematics do seem to fill up fairly quickly. Perhaps a non-mini octet would add a little more spice because when entering, you wouldn't know for sure which 7 entrants you'd be facing in round 1.
I like it, but the point is that if we say like 32 to enter, the second round will be a quartet, supposing that the 4 first groups as only one winner... It should be 8 groups of 8 at minimum, to make sure the second round would be also an octet.
There's never a way to guarantee one winner per round, so even if you said you wanted 64 in a maxi-octet, you could end up with nine or more winners for round 2. It's not unusual for subsequent rounds of one kind of tournament to turn into a different kind, duels to trios, for example.
I actually think 16 for a maxi-octet would be an attractive number. You'd have to get by the first 7 and ideally the two winners of round 1 face off in a duel. Or if you have more than 2 winners, face off in a trio or a quartet.
The banded non-thematic octets typically fill up very quickly. I'd like to see a maxi-octet of 16 banded tried as an experiment to see how well people like it.