We've been discussing the potential of having a double elimination playoff bracket for title brackets only (top 16 teams in each division that receive unique medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd). Additionally, we'd like to include 32-bracket single elimination playoffs for non-title divisions. Playoffs would last an extra week - 5 instead of 4.
The admin team regretted not being able to put together playoffs for everyone this season. By going to 32-team playoffs after the top 16, it will cause less work for everyone involved and allow us to once again include all teams in a playoff.
The real gem is the double elimination for the top 16 of each division. So how would this work? I've made a mock bracket using Platinum's current season here: http://challonge.com/UGCSecondChance/fullscreen
The headers above each round explain each week's matches. So long as you're winning, nothing changes for you. You play every Monday, for a total of 5 matches. Once you lose though, you are in the loser's bracket. This is where things change.
Because there are 6 rounds in the loser's bracket and it begins on the 2nd week of playoffs, weeks 2-4 would require two matches to be played to keep up with the winner's bracket. This means that on top of playing every Monday, you must also schedule a match with your next opponent by Thursday of the same week. The second match will be the same map as was played on Monday. It has to be by Thursday to allow enough time to get the next matchups on the site and for teams to start communicating. Teams that can't be bothered to play an extra match a week will forfeit their "second chance".
This gives teams an opportunity to stay in the tournament. There's little worse in competitive sports than having a good season and being knocked out in the first round. We expect this will draw lots of interest from the community and plan on implementing this for our upcoming season.