If you haven't been around for a HJC Open, it's quite simple. Concept artists work their way through a bracket style tournament, going head-to-head with another concept artist. We've had brackets of 23, 20, 16, and 8. Originally we accepted artists on a first come first served basis, but last year we started with a "Round Robin" where anyone could get in the HJC Open.
This year will also feature a Round Robin. Everyone who enters has a shot to get into the brackets. The top 16 concepts as voted by the readers will make it. We'll seed those artists 1-16 based on how they ranked during the voting phase. Tie breakers are settled by the amount of COTW wins an artist has in 2015. Artists are not reseeded after each round such as the NHL used to do when their playoffs were conference based.
Lets take a look at this year's brackets...
You'll need a strategy. Do you risk holding a great concept for later rounds? Do you lay down your best in the Round Robin to try and get into the bracketed 16? Maybe you have a great idea for a concept that can win the tournament, but do you have enough ideas to even get you to the Final?
There's a bit more than bragging rights on the line as well. The winner will have worked very hard to make it through. They will have put in a lot of time and they will have a lot of talent. They should be rewarded for such. Here is a list of prizes from past years...
2011: Winner (Brad M.) got to choose any concept from his HJC Open run to go directly into the COTY-August vote
2012: Winner (Justin C.) received a very rare HJC Jersey!
2013: Winner (Andrew G.) received a HJC Open Champion t-shirt and had an entire post dedicated to his work, with all concepts eligible for COTW nominating.
2014: Winner (Dylan N.) received a championship banner. It was supposed to be a mini championship banner, but it turns out that having a regular sized banner made is cheaper than a mini banner.
2015: The winner will again receive a championship banner. You'll be able to hang this thing from your rafters. You'll be able to show it to your kids in 10 years so they can laugh at you. It will be awesome!
In addition to the prizes, each winner gets their name "etched" onto the Concept Cup!
Brackets from past years are shown below. You can reminisce about how well or poorly you did. Maybe even be reminded of some HJC artists who have moved on.
(All deadlines are 11:59pm Eastern on specified day)
Round Robin entries: Saturday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 30
Round Robin voting: Wednesday, July 1 - Friday, July 3
Quarter-Semi Finals entries: Saturday, July 4 - Tuesday, July 7
Quarter-Semi Finals voting: Wednesday, July 8 - Friday, July 10
Quarter Finals entries: Saturday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 14
Quarter Finals voting: Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17
Semi-Finals entries: Saturday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 21
Semi-Finals voting: Wednesday, July 22 - Friday, July 24
Final entries: Saturday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 28
Final voting: Wednesday, July 29 - Friday, July 31
Do you have what it takes to be the 2015 Champion? It all begins this Saturday, June 27.