Leucippe and Clitophon wrote:Because tossups determine control of the bonuses, they generally determine the winner of the match even when they are only one-fourth of the points available. Even if the tossups were worth 0 points in 20/20 format, they would still be extremely important because controlling the bonuses is extremely important. If the bonuses were worth fewer points, they would essentially become a waste of time--matches are already won and lost for the most part on tossups.
whitesoxfan wrote:Illinois Masonic Bowl uses an even weirder format: 8 15 point tossups in the 1st and 3rd quarters, and 8 3x10 point bonuses in the 2nd and 4th quarters, with control alternating (and rebounds). In addition to legitimate complaints in the past about the pyramidality, distribution, and academic quality of lit and fine arts, all of which will probably improve this year, some have argued that this format is inherently flawed. I'm not really sure what to think about the format.
Leucippe and Clitophon wrote:Also, there is a history of people claiming that they dislike mACF because the format is too uniform/boring and then not taking advantage of opportunities to play good questions in a four-quarter format, or disliking good questions in a four-quarter format. HSAPQ produced some four-quarter sets, and, if I remember correctly, the teams that like good quizbowl preferred mACF, and the teams that like bad quizbowl preferred bad questions, so there was no market for those sets.
nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:Just to clarify, there's no power in second quarter NHBB rounds this year. Next year, we're going to reevaluate both the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but the goal will be to continue to have a slightly different feel to each part of the match. I strongly believe that newer teams and less gifted teams in particular like this approach (though I liked it every bit as much when Ridgewood peaked nationally around #5 in 1999) and nothing I've seen at over 20 NHBB tournaments and over 20 other tournaments over the last 2 years would make me change my mind. Since these are the vast majority of all teams that exist, that's why NHBB is the way it is for high school. For college, though, I'm fine with 20/20, since it's clear that that's what most people who will play the set will prefer.
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