the tournament


The Memory League™ Championship (MLC) tournament is an e-sport memory competition that departs from the long-form, analog style of traditional memory competitions by presenting short, exciting, head-to-head memory battles that are powered by the Memory League software (http://app.memoryleague.com) and viewable from any internet-enabled screen to keep the audience in the action. Memory League brings together the best memory minds in various competitions: international, national (by country), and regional. Competitors face off, challenge their memories, and win big.


HOW IT WORKS


The Basics

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  • 24 of the top mental athletes in the world compete to ensure that the competition is at the highest level. The top 8 from the previous year's MLC automatically qualify for the current MLC. The remaining spots are determined by online qualifying rounds, which are held over 5 consecutive weeks starting early January of that year on the ML app website.

  • Competitors are split up into 6 groups of 4, mixing the best and worst in each group to maintain fairness.

  • The competition runs first in group stages (Day 1) and then single-elimination Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals (Day 2), then Runner-up Match and Finals (Day 3).

  • All matches are head-to-head competitive style, with competitors facing each other (1-on-1).

  • All events are digital. All memorization/recall occurs on laptops. For Surprise Events, laptops may or may not be used (this will be announced prior to the task).

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Qualifying Rounds

Starting early January and spanning over the course of 5 consecutive weeks, those who wish to compete in that year's MLC Finals will have to submit their best scores for each of the 5 events. Those scores can be submitted on the ML training site. Competitors will have limited attempts and time to complete their BEST performance of the selected event of that week (the events will be the same ones from the competition: Names, Numbers, Cards, Words, and Images). The best 16 total scores over all events after the 5 weeks will be invited to compete in that year's MLC Finals. More information will be released as we approach the end of 2017 for the 2018 qualifiers.

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Day 1 - Group Stage

  • There will be 5 events throughout the Group Stage matches:
  • 4 minute recall time for all events.

  • Overall percentage memorized correctly will be calculated after each event and used in the case of a tie-break.

  • Each competitor will face all others in his/her respective group, for each of these memory events. 6 different matches, with 5 events each = 30 different head-to-head matches per group. 180 total matches on Day 1.

  • Points will be earned if a match is won (3 points) or tied (1 point). No points for a loss.

  • The top two leaders in each group (by points, or by tie-break percentage if necessary) will advance to Day 2. That will provide the top 12 slots for Day 2. The remaining 4 slots will go to the best third place competitors compared over all groups.

  • All 5 memory events against an opponent will be split up over the course of the day to keep things moving, light, and interesting. That way, the point accumulation can be a close race until the very end.

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Day 2 - Playoffs // Part 1

  • Each stage will be a best-of-7 series (first to 4 wins).

  • All matches within the series will be head-to-head, with the competitors facing each other (1-on-1 style).

  • In addition to the 5 events listed above, there will also be:
  • The Round-of-16 will have 4 series go at the same time. SE #1 will be revealed and executed at the same time for each match (the competitors from the 4 series to follow, will be held in an undisclosed room where they will not be able to see the SE until it is their turn). *All R16 series will execute the same SE.*

  • The Quarterfinals will have 2 series go at the same time. SE #2  will be revealed and executed at the same time for each match (the competitors from the 2 QF series to follow, will be held in an undisclosed room where they will not be able to see the SE until it is their turn). *All QF series will execute the same SE.*

  • Both Semifinals series will begin at the same time so that SE #3 is revealed and executed at the same time. *All SF series will execute the same SE.*

  • The first match of each series will always start with an SE. This will decide who gets the first point. The loser of the SE gets to choose the next event. From there on forward, choice of the next event is given to alternating competitors. Each choice must be a different event from the two previous choices. 

  • Same rules apply for the 5 events as in Day 1, only with some additional tiebreak rules, which are outlined on the event pages.

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Day 3 - Playoffs // Part 2

  • The Runner-up series between the losers from the SF round will decide the 3rd and 4th place positions.
    • SE #4 will be used to decide the first point.
  • The Finals series will be a best-of-9 series (first to 5 points) to make it as interesting as possible.
    • There will be 2 SEs in this event.

    • SE #5 will be used to decide the first point.

    • SE #6 will be used to decide the 4th (total) point. (i.e. when the score is 3-0 or 2-1)


prize money


Day 1

  • Best Names score: $2,000
  • Best Numbers score: $2,000
  • Best Cards score: $2,000
  • Best Words score: $2,000
  • Best Images score: $2,000

Day 2 // Day 3

  • 1st place: $15,000 
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $7,000
  • 4th place: $5,000
  • 5th-8th place: $2,500 (each)
  • 9th-16th place: $1,500 (each)
  • 17th-24th place: $750 (each)

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