ISML Rules and Guidelines - FAQ

International Saimoe League is governed by a Constitution and supported by Annual Charters. Please read both documents for a full understanding of our processes, but if you are short on time, the highlights are summarized in a brief, convenient FAQ below.
Last updated: 20 November 2010

What is ISML and how do I participate?
  • ISML hopes to find the most moe among anime girls, and it's up to you to decide by casting your vote!
  • Voting is free of charge; you are not required to register an account.
  • Join the forums to discuss ISML with fellow fans. Subscribe to the news blog for tournament updates.
  • Your participation means that you agree to our rules and policies.

What has changed since 2009?
  • All nominations have equal weight (no more 10 points, 8 points, etc.).
  • Preliminaries have been completely revamped and improved.
  • The Regular Season now consists of 50 contestants instead of 64, but it is still round-robin.
  • Only the next Round's matchups will be revealed prior to voting.
  • No more overtime matches will occur. Ties in the Regular Season will stay as ties.
  • Double Elimination remains the same. Ties will be broken using Regular Season statistics.
  • Exhibition Matches will be hosted throughout the year.
  • Some of our character eligibility rules have changed.

What is the schedule of 2010?
  • The calendar at right highlights all the scheduled match days.
  • Matches start at 1500 GMT on the scheduled day and last for 24 hours.
  • Results will be released 12 hours after a match ends.
  • The schedule is tenative and may change in the future, but we'll keep you updated on the news blog.

How does the Postseason work?
  • This is a double-elimination tournament. Lose twice, and you're out.
    There are no running point totals, VD, SDO or other statistics that alter ranking.
  • Seeding was determined from the final rankings of the Regular Season.
  • One-on-one matches will be conducted in the same manner as in the Regular Season.
  • A championship rematch is possible if the winner of the Winners' Bracket loses.
  • Several Exhibition Matches will be scheduled in the unused arenas.

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Event Calendar
2010 Calendar