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ISML 2020 will be the 13th edition of the International Saimoe League contest.

This tournament will mark the return of ISML 2011 champion and two-time Tournament of Champions winner Mikoto Misaka, and 2011 Male Exhibition winner Lelouch vi Britannia.




Major Format ChangesEdit

Nominations

  • Lasts seven days.
  • Only 106 (female) and 114 (male) characters with the highest nominations will make it in the Preliminary rounds.
  • Nominating Direct Invites and the 8 most recent champions are NOT ALLOWED.
  • If last place is a tie, then all of the tied players will advance to preliminaries. There is no tiebreaker.
  • If a female does not qualify for the main tournament, but is eligible for Winter seasonal contest, she will compete there instead.


Preliminary rounds will return in this edition.

PRELIMINARIES

  • Direct Invites will skip this stage entirely.
  • Round 1: All nominees ranked 83rd and below (females) or 91st and below (males) will be subject to a range-voting match.
    • Top 6 will advance to round 2, the rest will GO HOME.
  • Round 2: Survivors from round 1 will join nominees ranked 59th - 82nd (females) or 67th - 90th (males), this time in an approval voting match.
    • Top 18 with the highest votes advance to Seedings Round 3, the rest will GO HOME.


SEEDING ROUNDS (abridged)

  • These seedings will decide the match-ups of the initial group stage.
  • Round 1: Top 24 nominees will play, including Direct invites. Range-voting. Top 18 players will be seeded from 1-18. The remaining six will play in round 2.
  • Round 2: 6 players from Rd 1 will join the next 18 nominees. Approval voting. Top 18 players will be seeded from 19-36. The remaining six will play in round 3.
  • Round 3 Upper Tier: 6 players from Rd 2 will join the next 18 nominees (24 total). Range-voting. These players will be seeded from 37-60.
  • Round 3 Lower Tier: Preliminary survivors will join the last 6 nominees (24 total). Approval voting. These players will be seeded from 73-96.
  • Remaining contestants (61-72) will be sorted by number of nomination ballots.




Regular Season GROUPS

The 2020 format saw another drastic change in the regular season format. It now works like this:

  • Top 96 (Aquamarine) - Players are split into 16 groups of 6. Top 3 and the top eight 4th placers based on necklace / pendant criteria will advance. Sixth placers are outright eliminated. The rest are relegated to Wildcards.
  • Top 64 (Topaz, Amethyst, Sapphire) - Surviving players are split into 4 groups of 16
    • Top 6 advance, 7th to 11th relegated to Wildcards, 12th and below outright eliminated.
  • Top 32 (Emerald, Ruby, Diamond) - Remaining players are split into 2 groups of 16.
    • Top 8 advance to the playoffs, the rest are outright eliminated.
  • All group stages employ a single round-robin format.
  • Each period lasts 5 matches.
  • Group Tiebreakers:
    1. Points (1 win, 0.5 draw)
    2. Head-to-head record
    3. Vote difference
    4. Votes earned
    5. Staff selection



Gem Rounds

  • Each period lasts 5 matches. After each period, the top 8 players based on necklace / pendant crietria will qualify for the necklace / pendant round. These criteria only applies to that particular period only.
    1. Group position
    2. Points earned in the period (1 win, 0.5 draw)
    3. Vote difference (period only)
    4. Votes earned (period only)
    5. Staff selection
  • Instant-runoff vote (IRV) format. Rank your favorites in order of preference.
  • The winner receives the Necklace (females) or Pendant (males) of the respective period, plus a Shiny New Poster™ made by the staff themselves. They will also receive a Direct Invite on next year's tournament should they fail to win it all this year.
  • Each contestant can only win a necklace/pendant once per year. Once they win a necklace/pendant, they will be banned from participating in further gem rounds on that year.
  • Consolation gems with different accessory names return after a 5-year absence.


WILDCARD ROUND, WHERE WEAKLINGS ARE CULLED

  • 2020's wildcards will only occur two times: after Aquamarine (24 players) and Sapphire (20 players).
  • For the 2020 edition, selected players will be placed into an approval voting match.
    • Top 8 players will survive in the next stage, and the rest will say goodbye to this contest.



ELIMINATION STAGE / PLAYOFFS

  • Good old 1v1 Single-elimination tournament. Players are seeded based on their group position. (A1 vs B2, B4 vs A5, B2 vs A7, A3 vs B6, and so on).
  • Consolation matches are present in order to rank players 3rd and below.
  • The winner of the final match claims the Heavenly Tiara (females) and Lapis Scepter (males) and declared as the champion.



Direct InvitesEdit

Female DivisionEdit

2019 Necklace Winners
Topaz Amethyst Sapphire Emerald Ruby Diamond
19
10
23
Kurumi
Maisan
9
Rin Tohsaka Yukino Yukinoshita Sagiri Izumi Kurumi Tokisaki  Mai Sakurajima Kurisu Makise
Fate Series Oregairu Eromanga-sensei Date A Live Bunny Girl Senpai Steins;Gate


2019 Seasonals
Winter Diadem Spring Diadem Summer Diadem Fall Diadem Winter Runner-up Spring Runner-up Summer Runner-up Fall Runner-up
Kaguya
Fumino
Gray
Ishtar
Miku
Nezuko
Shamiko
Enterprise al
Kaguya Shinomiya Fumino Furuhashi Gray Ishtar Miku Nakano Nezuko Kamado Yuuko Yoshida "Shamiko" USS Enterprise CV-6
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai Bokuben Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (Fate) Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia 5-toubun no Hanayome Kimetsu no Yaiba Machikado Mazoku Azur Lane


Male DivisionEdit

Pendant Winners
Topaz Amethyst Sapphire Emerald Ruby Diamond
Riku
Sakuta
Kiyotaka
Tomoya
Touma
Yuuta
Riku Dola Sakuta Azusagawa Kiyotaka Ayanokouji Tomoya Okazaki Touma Kamijou Yuuta Togashi
No Game no Life: Zero Bunny Girl Senpai Classroom of the Elite Clannad Toaru series Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!



Nomination ResultsEdit

QualifiedEdit

To view nomination results by anime, go to this page:

Female Division


Male Division


Did Not QualifyEdit

Female Division


Male Division




Regular SeasonEdit

Because there will be plenty of matches, all of their results will be displayed in a separate page. To view all of the Regular Season rounds, go to the page below:



Gem and Wildcard RoundsEdit

FormatEdit

Necklace / Pendant:   Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) format.

Irv flowchart


Wildcards: Approval Voting format.

  • Voters may choose any number of contestants they wish to advance. Top eight contestants with the highest number of votes advance, and the rest are eliminated.


Aquamarine Edit

Aquamarine Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Aquamarine Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


Aquamarine Female Wildcard (Approval Voting)
Survived - 8
Eliminated - 16
Aquamarine Male Wildcard (Approval Voting)
Survived - 8
Eliminated - 16


TopazEdit

Topaz Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Topaz Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


AmethystEdit

Amethyst Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Amethyst Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


SapphireEdit

Sapphire Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Sapphire Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


Sapphire Female Wildcard (Approval Voting)
Survived - 8
Eliminated - 12
Sapphire Male Wildcard (Approval Voting)
Survived - 8
Eliminated - 12


EmeraldEdit

Emerald Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Emerald Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


RubyEdit

Ruby Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Ruby Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place


DiamondEdit

Diamond Necklace
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place
Diamond Pendant
Contestant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place
6th place
7th place
8th place






PlayoffsEdit

Tiara Playoff BracketEdit

Tiara Playoff Bracket
Pic Round of 16 Pic Quarter-finals Pic Semi-finals Pic Final
A1
Team logo
[[ | ]] score
B8
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q1
Team logo2
B4
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q2
Team logo2
A5
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S1
Team logo3
B2
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S2
Team logo3
A7
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q3
Team logo2
A3
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q4
Team logo2
B6
Team logo
[[ | ]] score F1
Team logo4
B1
Team logo
[[ | ]] score F2
Team logo4
A8
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q5
Team logo2
A4
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q6
Team logo2
B5
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S3
Team logo3
A2
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S4
Team logo3
B7
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q7
Team logo2
B3
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q8
Team logo2
A6
Team logo
[[ | ]] score



Scepter Playoff BracketEdit

Tiara Playoff Bracket
Pic Round of 16 Pic Quarter-finals Pic Semi-finals Pic Final
A1
Team logo
[[ | ]] score
B8
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q1
Team logo2
B4
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q2
Team logo2
A5
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S1
Team logo3
B2
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S2
Team logo3
A7
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q3
Team logo2
A3
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q4
Team logo2
B6
Team logo
[[ | ]] score F1
Team logo4
B1
Team logo
[[ | ]] score F2
Team logo4
A8
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q5
Team logo2
A4
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q6
Team logo2
B5
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S3
Team logo3
A2
Team logo
[[ | ]] score S4
Team logo3
B7
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q7
Team logo2
B3
Team logo
[[ | ]] score Q8
Team logo2
A6
Team logo
[[ | ]] score



Seasonal ContestEdit

Rules and results TBD.

This page will display only the final stages of each seasonal competition. To view all of the stages as well as the rest of the seasonal contests, see the Seasonal Diadem page.




Tournament of ChampionsEdit

Format

  • Single round-robin group stage. Top 2 advance to the final round.
  • Final round: Range-voting format.


Female DivisionEdit

Group Stage
Pos Pic Contestant W D L VF VA VD Qualification
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Group Stage Results Table
Votes against
Votes for VE REM MGK SHA ERU KTI RUR KAN MKO
Violet
----
Rem
----
Megumi katou
----
Shana
----
Eru
----
Kotori dal
----
Ruri
----
Kanade
----
Mikoto
----


Final Round
-



Male DivisionEdit

Group Stage
Pos Pic Contestant W D L VF VA VD Qualification
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Group Stage Results Table
Votes against
Votes for RIM 8MAN KORO SORA ACC HID HOT KIR
Rimuru
----
8man
----
Koro
----
Sora
----
Accel
----
Hideyoshi
----
Houtarou
----
Kirito
----


Final Round
-


Divine Circlet & CrownEdit

Rules and results TBD.


Other Exhibition MatchesEdit

Winner's GalleryEdit

Necklace & Tiara


Pendant & Scepter


Seasonals


ToC & Exhibitions


Site navigationEdit

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