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Announcing the Tournament of Threads!
Make your picks in a sports-style bracket competition pitting various sweater designs from the hit TV show Schitt’s Creek against one another. 🧶👕
Our Slate 4 is well underway, with Buffy Season 3 and Schitt’s Creek Seasons 4 & 5 filling out 9 weeks of primetime watch parties in our app and events ecosystem. But we have more than just watches planned for these beloved fandom franchises. We’ll be hosting trivia nights 🧠, listening parties 🎧, and a wild Schitt’s Creek-themed competition across our socials called (*drumroll please 🥁*): The Tournament of Threads! 🎺🎺🎺
What is the Tournament of Threads?
We’re already three seasons into Schitt’s Creek, and it’s hard to imagine this series without one of its most memorable characters: David’s collection of awesome monochromatic sweaters. Often an accent to his current mood, these sweaters are like an entourage of stylish, snarky companions. And so we can’t help wondering: how do they rank? Which are David’s superstar threads? We’ve decided to let the fandom answer by hosting a slew of polling matches between sixteen of his snuggest.
The matches will play out like a classic NCAA March Madness 🏀 tournament bracket, with an Eastern Wardrobe of eight sweaters and a Western Wardrobe of the same.
Starting next Sunday, September 4, I’ll be publishing Story polls every Sunday and Tuesday at 6:30 PM PT on my personal Instagram account. The polls will run for 24 hours and feature screenshots of David in two of these sixteen sweaters along with a simple request: “pick the sweater you think is more awesome.” The winning sweater from each match will be announced the next day at 6:30 PM PT on our Official Remarkist IG account and at the start of a Schitt’s themed trivia night (that’s right! Get ready for Schitt’s trivia every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM PT before the watch). Those winning sweaters will advance to the next bracket round.
Our first round of eight matches—the Snug Sixteen—will play out over two weeks, with four per week. After that, the Quarterfinalists—the Eccentric Eight—will face off in four matches over two weeks. Then two pairs of Semifinalists—the Fashionable Four—will compete in our final week starting Monday, October 3rd to determine our championship match-up and The Sweetest Sweater on Friday, October 7th. This will be followed by our Season 5 Finale watch party, so it’s going to be a pretty big day. 🙌
Now, this is where you come in
What would a tournament be without a healthy share of predictions 🤔 and prizes 🎁? Everyone with access to my Instagram will be able to vote in our tournament polls—and the more votes we receive, the more accurate the outcome—but Remarkist members have an additional layer of play.
Fill out this Google form to make your bracket! Choose your winning sweater picks for every match and round through to the finals. This card is avail to anyone interested in following along, but if you’re a Remarkist member with an account in our app, you’ll be able to collect prizes along the way. So if you plan to see how you fare anyway, you’ve got nothing to lose by signing up.
The Loot 💰
You will win a special edition Memento for every prediction you get right, dropped by our brand new Official Games account. 🎲
You can learn more about Mementos here, but basically, they are limited edition digital collectibles we create for each other to commemorate events and celebrate our favorite fandom franchises. They look like old scratch-and-sniff stickers from the ‘80s or Pogs from the ‘90s. Rare and dense Mementos help members earn more of our digital KRNL token 🌽 🌽 🌽 which will fuel our fandom economy of premium content, events, appearances, and collectibles.
However, winning these special tournament Mementos includes a quirky variation to the game.
Since this is a tournament of predictions, we won’t know how many players have guessed a match winner until its poll is complete. And since everyone who correctly predicts gets a special Memento, the number of editions in a prize set will likely differ for different matches. Again, we won’t know what that is until the end of the poll. What we can know, though, is how many KRNLs are needed to craft each set. Mementos are created using KRNLs, and the more that goes into a set, the stronger each edition will be—what we call Memento density. So every prize set here will have a KRNL crafting budget spread across however many editions it ends up having. Here’s what those are:
For the first eight matches of the Snug Sixteen, each prize memento set will be crafted using exactly 500 KRNLs. That will cover edition density and the set’s craft fee.
For the four Quarterfinal matches of the Eccentric Eight, the prize memento sets will be crafted with exactly 1000 KRNLs.
For the two Semifinal matches of the Fashionable Four, the prize sets will each be crafted using exactly 2000 KRNLs.
Our final champion Memento set for The Sweetest Sweater will be crafted using exactly 4000 KRNLs.
So in each case, the more players accurately predict a match, the more editions in that set, and the lower their KRNL density. Of course, probability says that the further into the tourney, the fewer correct predictions there are likely to be. Fewer winners mean fewer editions sharing that crafting budget, which means higher density.
But there’s more! ✨
Memento sets from our Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Final rounds will be composed of Mementos won in previous rounds. What does that mean?
For those unfamiliar with the nuances of our collectibles game, some Mementos require using other Mementos to claim them. We call these Composable Mementos because they are, in part, “composed” of other Mementos. The Mementos used to claim them are lost in the process—or rather infused into the new Memento— and that newly claimed Memento absorbs its KRNL density, making it even stronger.
So for our Tourney, any prize Mementos claimed for a correct sweater pick will require the prize Memento from that sweater’s previous winning match. For example:
Suppose there is a Fire Sweater 🔥🧶 in the competition (there isn’t, but just for this example, let’s say there is), and that Fire Sweater makes it far enough to win its semifinal match. In that case, the memento prize for that successful pick will require using (and losing) the memento won for the Fire Sweater’s successful quarterfinal pick.
I know, I know, it’s tough to say goodbye to Mementos. But they add to the density of subsequent round prizes above the KRNLs used to craft them. So the prize Memento for our final match (if anyone even gets that far) will not only consist of the 4000 KRNLs used to craft it but an additional 3500 worth of KRNL density from the memento prizes leading up to it. Depending on how many players accurately predict that final match, it could be a whopper of a Memento.
Again, though, these crafting budgets include the craft fee. Craft fees are exponentially more costly the fewer editions in a set. So if the final champion sweater is only predicted by one person, most of the 4000 KRNL budget will go towards that solo-edition’s craft fee—i.e. only a small fraction will go into its density.
Umm… right… so… here’s the thing…
At this point, some of you might be thinking, 🤯 “Uhhh… yeah, I barely got any of that. Can this be explained to a 5-year-old?” 🍼
Well, the short answer is no. It can’t (and our terms of service don’t allow minors 13 years old or younger to play anyway). But the great news is that you don’t need much explaining to participate. The TM;DC (too mathy, didn’t compute) is that you just fill out this form before next Sunday, September 4, at 6:30 PM PT, by picking the sweaters you think my IG followers will vote for in each match. Then just sit back and see how many you get right. And for each one you do, you’ll win a digital collectible. And they’ll be increasingly rarer and more awesome the more rounds you get right.
What you do with those Memento prizes is your choice. You can hold on to them and use them in our KRNL earning game, you can fortify them into permanent digital collectibles, or you can put them up for auction in our in-app auction house and build up a balance of KRNLs that you can use throughout our fandom ecosystem now and in the years ahead. Or you can melt them down for a small fraction of the KRNLs used to craft them. Totally up to you.
We can’t wait to see your bracket picks! We’re rooting for ya to go all the way! 🎉 And may these threads be ever in your favor! 🏆
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