What is a compass draw?
This draw received its name due to the bracket sheet being marked by points found on compass (North, South, East, West, Northwest, Northeast, Southwst, Southeast). This style of draw works best with tournaments that consist of 8 or 16 players. Note: The winner always advances in the draw they are currently in.
All players or teams will begin in the center of the bracket based on their seeding. When a player or team loses, they will advance to the West (left side) of the bracket, whereas the winning player or team will advance to the East (right side) of the bracket.
For brackets containing 8 or 16 players, the player or team that loses on the East (right) side of the bracket will advance on the North (up) and the winner advances to the East (right) once again. The player or team that loses on the West (left) side of the bracket will advance South (down) and the winner advances to the West (left) once again. The winning player or teams will continue to advance to both the East (right) and the West (left).
For brackets containing 16 players, the losing player or team on the West (left) side will advance on the Southwest (down and left). The losing player or team on the East (right) will move Northeast (up and right). The losing player or team of the South (straight down) will advance to Southeast (down and right) and the losing player or team of the North (straight up) will advance Northwest (up and left).
For brackets containing 16 players, the winning of each direction is the ultimate winner of the specific direction.
To get started in creating the draw, you’ll see the word Event Desk with three horizontal lines above it. Move your cursor over the 3 horizontal lines to open your Event Desk Drawer. Here you can select the draw you'd like to use or click the sign to create a new draw.
In this case, we would select the Compass draw we previously created, or create a new one.
If you select the "+" button, you should see a pop up like the one below. Complete the information with the specifics for your Compass Draw and click "Create".
Now let’s talk about the Player Bank, or the list of players you see that have registered for your event. The Player Bank allows you to search for players that have registered for your event on an individual basis. This feature also allows you to sort players by their UTR, name, or status within the draw.
You'll see all the players that have registered under All, Not Placed, Placed, or Players Not in Draw. In order for them to be moved into the Compass Draw you'll need to move them into the Not Placed category first. Select their names by using the search tool and click "Add to Draw".
Hint: The option to move will appear after you select players to move. It will appear to the left of the Auto-Fill option.
Once players have been added to the draw, your Player Bank should look something like this.
Next, click "Auto-Fill" and the players will be placed into the draw automatically.
You should see a message like this:
Once you click "Confirm", the draw will be automatically filled. It should have the players in matches and look something like this:
Hint: In Compass Draw formats, the Auto-Fill feature will automatically seed the top 25% fully-rated players. This is the only way to have seeded players. A projected player who has a higher rating than a fully rated player, will not be seeded above any fully rated players. If you would like to move them, you may do so!
Once you have the players placed in the draw to your liking, you can then enter in times, dates, and locations for the Rounds or each match. You have the option to do this by round by clicking the "Set Location" and "Set Date & Time" under the round or you can do it by individual matches by clicking the "Set Date & Time" and "Set Location" on the match details box. Here is the information you will be asked to complete:
To view the other points of the compass draw to set dates and times, move your cursor to the far left of the page to expand the "Event Desk" drawer. There you can select the draw or back draw you would like to edit. Note: Once scores are entered, players are automatically pushed to the appropriate back draw!
Once all the times are entered, you can then choose to Publish the draws. Publishing draws makes them visible to anyone viewing the main event page. To Publish the draws, click the "Publish" button on the top right of the page, and select each draw you would like to Publish. Please note that only the draws that are checked will be published.
Hint: If you ever need to unpublish the draw, uncheck the boxes and click "Publish". Only draws checked will continue to be published.
Once the draws have been published, you will then be taken to the event homepage. There you can scroll down and click on the "Draws" tab to view the draws. Here you can filter through the published draws and print your draws.
Check these articles on the different draw types: