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Sep 16, 11:10 AM

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Check out this thread for an introduction to what FAL is and its history

Registration

After you have read the rules, picked out your team, and are ready to register, you can register by going to this link: http://mfal.website/reg/

Once there, enter your MAL username (to avoid formatting issues, we strongly urge you to copy your MAL username EXACTLY as it appears on your profile) and click the continue button. You will then be presented with seven dropdowns from which to pick anime for your team.

You will also notice that a “verification code” will have been generated for you. Copy this code into the “Location" field on your MAL profile (Edit Profile -> My Details -> Location) and save it. After this is done and you have confirmed your team selections, click “Register Team.”

Once you have received the confirmation saying that your team has been generated, you are safe to remove the code from your “Location” field.

Note: a new code will be generated every time you visit the page.

Registration will need to be done before September 29, 19:00 UTC for your team to qualify. If there is a problem with this deadline, please feel free to contact the FAL Staff to discuss it.

If you change your mind after registering, you are free to re-register a new team by repeating the instructions outlined above.


Rules

The rules for the Spring 2019 season are now void and shall be replaced by the following rules:
  1. Each player will make a team by choosing 5 active anime and 2 bench anime from the Fall 2019 season, listed in the next post. Please note that movies/OVAs/ONAs/specials are not in the list.
  2. Sequels can be used freely in your team, but you may choose only 1 from the following list: Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin, Psycho-Pass 3, and Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara. The anime Boku no Hero Academia 4th Season and Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld are special exceptions and will not be eligible to be selected as part of your team.
  3. The Spring season will start on September 29, 2019.
  4. Points will only accumulate within the 14 weeks this FAL season is in session. Later episodes and weeks will not count toward a team's score. In addition, episode discussion forum posts that were posted before the FAL season starts will not count.
  5. Only the active anime on a team will score points; the bench anime will not score any points.
  6. A player may swap up to 3 anime during the entire FAL season and can only swap every 3 weeks. Click here to learn more about bench swaps. The only exception to this is through the use of the extra swap wildcard.
  7. Players will not be required to be active for the duration of the FAL season. Nor will they be required to actually watch the anime on their team. They will simply need to set a bracket at the beginning, let their anime rack up points, and swap benches and/or use the wildcard/aces when they feel it is beneficial to their score.
  8. In the event that 2 or more teams wind up with the same score at the end of the FAL season, their bench anime will be used as a tiebreaker. The team with the bench anime that score the most points during the entire FAL season will win.
  9. In the event that an anime has not begun airing by week 5, the anime will be disqualified and points will no longer be tallied for it. It will not be replaced with another anime.
  10. In the event that an anime's database entry is removed after the FAL season has started, the anime will be disqualified and points will no longer be tallied for it. It will not be replaced with another anime.


The top 3 will be awarded with a banner for extra bragging rights!

If a player decides/needs to change their username while FAL is running, the FAL Staff must be notified immediately via private message to FALbot. Swaps, aces, and wildcard requests will be rendered invalid if the player's username has been changed without notifying the staff!


Points Criteria

Automatically counted points:
The following points are counted without any input from the player over the course of the FAL season:
  • Weekly points:
    • +1 point for each user on MAL who legitimately has the anime under "Currently Watching" or "Completed" that week.
    • Double the anime's "Currently Watching" and "Completed" points for the week if 3% or fewer of the teams have it included in their active anime.
    • +25 points for each forum post in the anime's episode discussion threads in the previous two weeks (counted every two weeks using the replies column and the number of threads found on the anime's discussion board).

  • Additional points:
    • +3000*((un)weighted score) points for score ratings on MAL upon week 3.
    • +6000*((un)weighted score) points for score ratings on MAL upon week 7.
    • +9000*((un)weighted score) points for score ratings on MAL upon week 10.
    • +12000*((un)weighted score) points for score ratings on MAL at the end of the FAL season (week 14).
    • −4 points for each user who has anime under "Dropped" upon week 4.
    • −6 points for each user who has anime under "Dropped" upon week 8.
    • −8 points for each user who has anime under "Dropped" upon week 11.
    • −10 points for each user who has anime under "Dropped" at the end of the FAL season (week 14).
    • +25 points for each user who has favorited the anime upon week 5.
    • +50 points for each user who has favorited the anime upon week 8.
    • +75 points for each user who has favorited the anime upon week 11 and at the end of the FAL season (week 14).
    • +4000 points for the team that gets the highest unique score that week. A team may receive this bonus only 1 time per FAL season.
    • +2000 points for each English-speaking region that simulcasts the anime in English in each of the following regions: USA, Canada, UK/Ireland, and Australia/New Zealand. The regions must be confirmed on MAL News' official Spring 2018 Simulcast List thread. The number of companies that simulcast an anime is irrelevant; only which region(s) it gets simulcast in matter. Simulcast points are counted in week 5.
    • +10000 points if licensed in USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand upon week 13. This is restricted to 1 license per anime. Licenses shall be defined by MAL News' official Q2 2018 Anime Licenses thread and their sources. A home video release must be announced or heavily implied. Companies that solely get simulcasting licenses will be excluded. In the event that the thread's OP has not been updated recently enough to include all credible sources linked in the threads' comments, FAL staff will verify those sources and award points accordingly.
Strategically counted points:
The following points are determined based on the player's discretion.
  • Wildcard
    All players are given the opportunity to choose 1 of the following options as a wildcard starting on week 9 of the FAL season:
    1. The booster. Add a one-time 3000 point bonus to the team's score for the week.
    2. An extra swap. At a cost of 1500 points, immediately swap a bench anime with an active anime. To use this wildcard, the player must 1) send a PM saying he or she wants to use the wildcard swap and 2) post in the Bench Swaps thread as if the player were making a normal swap.
    3. The nuke (up version). At a cost of 1500 points, subtract X points from the team above or at the same rank as the team of the player using the nuke.
    4. The nuke (down version). At a cost of 1500 points, subtract X points from the team below or at the same rank as the team of the player using the nuke.
    The team rankings of the previous week will be used for a nuke. X = 6750 in weeks 9–12, 5750 in week 13, and 4750 in week 14. If a player uses the nuke and the rank above/below is shared by more than 1 team, the nuke receiver will be determined randomly.
  • Ace
    In any week of the FAL season, 1 active anime on a team may be declared as the "Ace." The Ace will take effect the next time the scores are counted. The player's team will receive:
    • +3000 points if the Ace becomes the anime with the most points on the team for that week.
    • −3000 points if the Ace does not become the anime with the most points on the team for that week.
    Furthermore,
    • Aces are available as soon as the FAL season begins.
    • Each anime on a team may be declared as an Ace only 1 time per FAL season.
    • Once an anime passes 55,000 members in "Currently Watching" and "Completed" combined, the anime is no longer eligible to be an Ace. The anime with the next highest total points on the team will then be awarded points if correctly declared as the Ace. For for information about the Ace, read the FAQ.



A player may use Wildcards and Aces by PMing FALbot.
 
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Sep 16, 11:11 AM

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The following anime are eligible this season with no exceptions:
Actors: Songs Connection
Africa no Salaryman (TV)
Ahiru no Sora
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 3
Assassins Pride
Azur Lane
Babylon
Beastars
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai 2
Chihayafuru 3
Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!
Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy
Fairy Gone 2nd Season
Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2
Hataage! Kemono Michi
High Score Girl II
Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
Hoshiai no Sora
Houkago Saikoro Club
Kabukichou Sherlock
Kandagawa Jet Girls
Keishichou Tokumubu Tokushu Kyouakuhan Taisakushitsu Dainanaka: Tokunana
Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
No Guns Life
Null Peta
Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo
Pet
Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle
Radiant 2nd Season
Rifle Is Beautiful
Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru
Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth
Val x Love
Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!
XL Joushi.
Z/X: Code Reunion


The following anime are ineligible and may not be chosen:




Again, make sure you check the post above to read how to correctly register for the FAL Fall 2019 season. It is important to copy and paste the titles so that they match with the titles listed in our database.

If we are missing any anime or any of the above information is incorrect as it pertains to the Fall 2019 season, please let us know ASAP!
 
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Sep 23, 8:49 PM

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In the rules you mention "Sequels can be used freely in your team, but you may choose only 1 from the following list: Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin, Psycho-Pass 3, and Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara." but that doesn't appear in the second post. There you only have anime that be used without restrictions and the anime that can't be used at all. I think the second post should list those that are basically a "Choose 1 Of". You have it like that in this thread: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1801940 but not here.
Modified by StormSky92, Sep 23, 8:53 PM
I don't accept random friend requests, but feel free to PM me if you want to talk about something i've posted or talk about some anime/manga that i've seen.

 
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Sep 23, 10:43 PM

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StormSky92 said:
In the rules you mention "Sequels can be used freely in your team, but you may choose only 1 from the following list: Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin, Psycho-Pass 3, and Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara." but that doesn't appear in the second post. There you only have anime that be used without restrictions and the anime that can't be used at all. I think the second post should list those that are basically a "Choose 1 Of". You have it like that in this thread: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1801940 but not here.

I did work that into the official rule post in the MAL contests board: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1801940&show=0#post14

This thread was just an accident that I decided to keep haha
 
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