DO YOU WANNA BE A FUCKING FIGHT PICKER?
The Bloody Elbow Civil War (BECW) is about to wrap up its fourth season of +11s, trash talk, hot bouts, ragequitting and endless spreadsheets and we're looking for new players to join us as we embark on Season 5! Read the following information if you want to be a part of the craziest, most competitive fight picking game on teh interwebs.
What the hell is this shit anyway?
Picking fights in a competitive setting is a time-honoured tradition on BE originally started by Earl Montclair, he the most diabolical of haters. Dr John Danaher's Hair came up with the idea of a team-based competition and for the past two seasons, the BECW has even incorporated a playoff system as part of the increasingly elaborate ruleset.
Even with all the rules, the name of the game still boils down to the simple act of picking a winner, round and method for every single UFC fight, excluding weekly TUF exhibition fights but including everything from Fox cards and PPVs to Fuel TV cards from Outer Mongolia and TUF Finale: Cambodia vs. Vietnam, all the way from the Facebook prelims to the main event.
We pick on MMA Playground and use their scoring system which awards 5 points for picking a correct winner and an additional 2 points each for picking the correct round (1/2/3/4/5 or Judge's Decision) and method (TKO/Submission/Unanimous or Majority Decision/Split Decision). Should you get all three right, you get another 2 points for a total of 11, and a 2 point bonus is awarded if you pick a winner who received less than 20% of the vote on all of MMA Playground. The closest-picked bout (known as the Hot Bout) is worth double points, meaning a perfect pick nets you a handy 22 points. Got it?
At the beginning of each season, every player - new as well as returning - is drafted onto a team in an epic clusterfuck simply called The BECW Draft where confusion reigns supreme and booze is plentiful. Teams are then divided into divisions and face off against their divisional rivals for the first 7 events (the Regular Season). Depending on a team's final position, they either qualify for the playoffs (The Grand Prix) or the consolation tournament (The Bland Prix) and once the three playoff events are over, we will have crowned a BECW Grand Prix Champion as well as a Bland Prix Winner AKA The Keith R. Campbell Ragequit Memorial Trophy.
Is it a lot of work?
No. All you need to do is register your picks on MMA Playground for 10 events in a row. Anything above and beyond that - including trash talking, exchanging picks & thoughts via e-mail with your teammates and participating in the BECW live posts - is highly recommended but not mandatory.
If you do NOT think you are capable of picking 10 events without missing one, please do us a favour and stay away. You can pick events in advance, though, so there really is no reason why anyone shouldn't be able to play.
Can I play?
Yes! Here are the steps necessary to gain access to the crazy world of the BECW:
1. If you don't already have one, create a profile on MMA Playground. Try to make it as close to your SB Nation username as possible.
2. Make picks for the final event of the current season, UFC 155. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
3. Send an e-mail to the gmail address called becivilwar and include your BE/SB Nation name as well as your MMA Playground name in the SUBJECT LINE. When I say subject line, I MEAN THE FUCKING SUBJECT LINE. Ahem. Thanks.
4. Once UFC 155 is in the books, look out for the Grand Prix Final Recap fanpost. It will contain a link to a Google spreadsheet where you will need to write an "x" next to your name to confirm your registration.
Failure to complete all four steps means you're out. Any questions about the BECW should be addressed to Zachary Kater (e-mail in profile), myself or Horselover Fat.
Att. members of the Prospect Camp: you also need to follow steps 2, 3 and 4 to sign up.
Att. returning players: look for info in the Grand Prix Final recap post.
Why should I play?
Quite simply because the BECW makes you care about all the shitty Facebook prelim fights you never thought it was possible to give a shit about. Once you're in the BECW, even Dan Stittgen fights feel special. Plus, many an established BE community member got their breakthrough, so to speak, by participating in the BECW so if you're looking for a shortcut to fame in the best damn MMA community on the net, this could be your golden ticket.
We look forward to hearing from you!