What is a compass draw?

The compass draw received its name due to the bracket sheet being marked by points found on a compass (North, South, East, West, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast).  This style of draw works best with tournaments that consist of 8 or 16 players. Note, the winner always advances in the draw they are currently in.

First Round

All players or teams will begin in the center of the bracket based on their seeding. When a player or team loses, they will advance to the West (left side) of the bracket, whereas the winning player or team will advance to the East (right side) of the bracket.  

Second Round

For brackets containing 8 or 16 players, the player or team that loses on the the East (right) side of the bracket will advance North (up) and the winner advances to the East (right) once again.  The player or team that loses on the West (left) side of the bracket will advance South (down) and the winner advances to the West (left) once again.  The winning player or teams will continue to advance to both the East (right) and West (left). 

Third Round

For brackets containing 16 players, the losing player or team on the West (left) side will advance Southwest (down and to the left).  The losing player or team on the East (right) side will move Southeast (down and to the right).  The losing player or team of the South (straight down) will advance to the Southeast (down and to the right) and the losing player or team of the North (straight up) will advance Northwest (up and to the left).

Fourth Round

For brackets containing 16 players, the winner of each direction is the ultimate winner of the specific direction.  


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