You've probably noticed by now that the bracket polls are up. So please visit each bracket and cast your vote.
My original seeding was an oversight on my part as I made pairings based on rank alone and didn't take into consideration pool. So I spent a good few hours tonight seeding the brackets in just about every combination of pool and rank. I finally gave in to the current bracket pairings. I merely looked at lines of code that had their pool number and rank and matched those up to opponents according to the schema I had settled on. It was about as random as it can get. In some cases, the pairings stayed the same, but their position in the tree is different. Those occurrences were completely coincidental. You'll have to trust me on this.
Allow me to explain the tournament format a bit more as it seems there is a little wishful thinking going on. If you haven't figured it out yet, the FBTB MOC Madness Tournament borrowed heavily from the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament format. A few things were adapted, such as having 4 regional pools with the top 8 from each pool advancing, some things were kept the same such as the bracket pairings based on rank. And just like March Madness, there is plenty of opportunity for the underdog to beat out a better ranked opponent. The only other major point of dissension is the prize payout. In March Madness, there can be only one champion. For MOC Madness, we modeled the prize payout after the Olympics. The winners of the FInal Four round will compete for 1st and 2nd. The losers of the Final Four round will compete for 3rd place and just like the Olympics, there is no medal for 4th.
For next year's tournament, I doubt we'll stray much from the current format as I feel that it is as good as it can get.
I hope this explanation sheds some light as to the logic behind the pairings as that seems to be the major point of contention.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please post. Feedback is always welcome.