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The Playoffs


General format

Next Social Queen is a repeating, month long contest that starts at midnight (Eastern time zone) on the first of each month. There are two phases to each contest - "Open Competition" and "Bracket Phase". During the Open Competition, the Queens attempt to collect votes from the judges to earn a spot in the "Majestic 16" Bracket Phase. The top 16 qualifying vote totals are eligible to join the Bracket Phase of the contest.

Once the Bracket Phase starts and at the beginning of each round of the Bracket Phase, all vote totals are reset to 0 for all Queens. Voting will continue during the round and at the end of the round, the Queen with the most votes in each head-to-head pairing will advance to the next round. The winner of the final round pairing will be crowned the winner for that month and be named the Next Social Queen.

Schedule of rounds

The Open Competition phase of the contest lasts until the final 8 days of each month. On the 8th to last day of each month at 9 p.m. (Eastern), the contest switches to the "Majestic 16" Bracket Phase.

The "Majestic 16" Bracket Phase will run for the last 8 days of each month with 2 days for each round. The end of each round will be at 9 p.m. (Eastern) with a one hour delay to the start of the next round for administration of the round. Below is a table that outlines the start and end of each round.

All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

Round 28 Day Month 30 Day Month 31 Day Month
Open Competition Starts 1st @ Midnight
Ends 20th @ 9pm
Starts 1st @ Midnight
Ends 22nd @ 9pm
Starts 1st @ Midnight
Ends 23rd @ 9pm
Majestic 16 Starts 20th @ 10pm
Ends 22nd @ 9pm
Starts 22nd @ 10pm
Ends 24th @ 9pm
Starts 23rd @ 10pm
Ends 25th @ 9pm
Noble 8 Starts 22nd @ 10pm
Ends 24th @ 9pm
Starts 24th @ 10pm
Ends 26th @ 9pm
Starts 25th @ 10pm
Ends 27th @ 9pm
Imperial 4 Starts 24th @ 10pm
Ends 26th @ 9pm
Starts 26th @ 10pm
Ends 28th @ 9pm
Starts 27th @ 10pm
Ends 29th @ 9pm
Royal 2 Starts 26th @ 10pm
Ends 28th @ 9pm
Starts 28th @ 10pm
Ends 30th @ 9pm
Starts 29th @ 10pm
Ends 31st @ 9pm

Bracket layout and seeding

In order to qualify, a Queen must have been a member before the end of the "Open Competition" and must have earned at least one vote.

At the beginning of the "Majestic 16" Bracket Phase of the contest, the Queens are placed in a standard tournament bracket to compete head to head against the other Queens as show below. The contestants are ranked by the number of votes earned during the Open Competition phase of the game. If there are fewer than 16 qualifying contestants, then the contestants will be placed in the order in which they normally would with byes awarded to the top vote earners that are paired with empty slots.

In the event of an exact tie in vote count, the queen that received her last cast votes first will be deemed the leader of the tied queens. If that is still a tie, the second tie breaker will be the queen that had fewer votes cast in that last vote. For example, if two queens both had 5000 votes and one had her last vote cast at 11:45am and the other had her last vote cast at 11:50am, the first queen will be deemed the higher seeded player. If they both have 5000 votes and both have their last votes cast at 11:45:00am, then we will review how many votes were cast in that last vote - if one Queen had 50 votes cast and the other had 100 votes cast, the 50 votes will be seeded higher.

Seed Votes Last Vote Cast # of votes cast last
Higher 5000 11:45:00 am irrelevant
Lower 5000 11:50:00 am irrelevant

Seed Votes Last Vote Cast # of votes cast last
Higher 5000 11:45:00 am 50
Lower 5000 11:45:00 am 100

During each round, those Queens with the higher vote count earned during that round will advance to the next round and those with fewer votes will be eliminated until we have a single Queen who is crowned the Next Social Queen.