Basenotes March Madness 2010
Pre-Game Selection Show
(Ends February 14th)
Pre-Game Selection Show
(Ends February 14th)
48 of the 65 berths for Basenotes March Madness 2010 have been locked in, and 17 remain!
What's Basenotes March Madness?
Basenotes March Madness, or BMM, is a perfume lover's take on the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, a 65-team, single elimination tournament where only one team is left standing. Instead of basketballs we have bottles, and instead of two-pointers and free throws we've got your votes to decide who advances and who goes home.
How does it work?
Starting March 1st with the Play-In Game, there will be a new BMM10 thread every day with the day's games, in poll form. You choose who you'd like to see move to the next round. Your only criteria for voting is "Which of these 2 fragrances would you most like to see advance?" It could be that you love the fragrance, the sillage, the bottle, or just hate the competition. Usually there will be multiple games to one poll, up to 4 at a time in the early rounds.
What's the Selection Show?
I'm doing it a bit differently this year, I learned a lot from last year's event and this one will be even better. We're revealing the first 48 entries tonight, and giving you, the user, the chance to decide not one, not two but eight fragrances to make it into the tournament. You'll do that by suggesting, in this thread, who you'd like to see in the tournament. I'll take eight suggestions at random, along with eight veteran members who I'm asking via Private Message, and I'll make the last pick to round out the field. These seventeen picks will be randomized and fill out the last of the field.
EDIT: Sorry, may not have been clear, I do need to limit suggestions to one per post, one suggestion per user. Multiple people can suggest the same frag. If there are multiple suggestions in one post only the first one will be considered. You can, however, edit your one suggestion up to the last day, the 14th.
So who's in?
I thought you'd never ask. Here's the 2010 brackets so far, click for full size!
There are already some good matchups set for round one, and a lot of blank spaces that your suggestions can help fill. Suggestions will be taken until February 14th, which will mark the full reveal and the start of the Prediction Contest.
Prediction Contest? Like we pick the winner?
Yup, and you fill out the whole bracket before the first game is played. Surreality won the Prediction Contest last year and an_oud_girl took runner up. Once I reveal the full brackets, you'll have until February 28th to send me, by any means necessary, your completed bracket. You can use the image I provide and copy and paste with the image editor of your choice, you can print it and scan in your results, take a picture of your completed form and email it, mail a printed form to me, or send me an easy-to-follow text list. First round games are worth 1 point, second round is worth 2, 3rd round is worth 4, and so on, up to 32 points for correctly predicting the winner. The high score is 121 out of a possible 192 points. I will not be accepting late entries this year! Sorry, but you'll have quite a bit of time to fill out a bracket!
So what's new this year?
The methodology for choosing the fragrances has changed for half the field, and it shows, there are a lot of newcomers and I'm sure there will be some "Why isn't X in the tournament?" I say suggest it in this thread. Notably, I'm using Somerville Metro Man's SotY data from last year to determine 16 of the spots, and Grant has provided me with the 16 Most Owned fragrances, along with the final 16 Most Reviewed fragrances. So Most Worn, Most Owned, and Most Reviewed, in that order for priority purposes (to resolve duplicate entries, unless a frag would rank higher in another set of 16). The actual process of what frag goes in what spot on the board is a bit dense but if you're curious I can answer those questions via PM. We're also taking more forum suggestions, 3 more than last year. Last year 5 veteran users each got to make 2 additions to the field, this year it's 9 veteran users each making 1 selection, and the play-in will be fan-selected instead of the borefest it was last year (sorry to those that enjoyed the Light Blue PH versus Secretion Magnifiques matchup).
Also, all games will be 24 hours this year, instead of the 48 hour games towards the end, I feel like it dragged down the tempo of the thing. 24 hours to decide everything, including the champion!
Did you forget anything?
Probably. If I left something out post a message, if not go ahead and enter your suggestion for the 8 forum entries.