Originally Posted by Amac
Unless the 16th team is Russian and then the wild card will be handed out to the 17th team with no real explanation for this at all.
While I can deal with lower end reffing due to having very little experience or training I really don't get how a rule can be changed. It is sort of like the Millennium Series is coming over to the USA.
Although the rules can be pretty complicated for seeding and advancement, I don't think they changed any of them.
The rules include:
Top 2 teams per bracket in 5-6 team brackets advance based on MATCH score (2 points for a match win, 0 points for a match loss).
If there are extra spots in the playoffs they are then taken as wildcards from all brackets based on MATCH score.
Ties in match score are broken first by head to head (if those two teams have played a match, the winner moves on). If the teams haven't played each other the second tie breaker is overall margin for their matches. If it's still tied they have 3-4 more tie breakers listed.