3.1 The final standings of H2H leagues shall be determined by cumulative winning percentage (by categories not weeks) for the entire NBA season, i.e., the regular season and fantasy playoffs combined.
3.1 (B) The second exception to Rule 3.1 is that in a First Division H2H league in Year 1 or after, a manager who would not otherwise qualify may earn one of the spots in the following year's Champions League if BOTH of the following conditions are satisfied: (i) the manager wins his First Division H2H playoff tournament; AND (ii) the manager has a cumulative winning record (by categories not weeks) in regular season and playoff H2H match-ups against the manager he would displace. If a manager has an opportunity to advance under this exception, the Commissioner of his league may take any and all steps necessary to ensure the H2H playoff finals are fully competitive.
Lets use our Octagon H2H Live Draft league as an example of how this is gonna play out. The current top 4 are:
*1. Dukies 115-64-1 .642
*2. samo 104-74-2 .583
*3. Cotton Camby's 101-73-6 .578
*4. Dynasty Deacon 98-78-4 .556
We have a drop-off in overall record after the current Top 4 as follows, all of whom are still in the hunt for that last playoff spot:
*5. The People's Champ 93-84-3 .525
6. SC 81-93-6 .467
7. NY Knickerbockers 83-95-2 .467
8. BokZg 82-97-1 .458
9. Poppin Da Collar 79-96-5 .453
As the bottom two playoff seeds, The People's Champ and whoever gets that last spot have two ways they can advance to next year's upper league: (1) pass the #4 team in overall winning percentage during the last 3 weeks; or (2) fail to pass the #4 team in overall winning percentage but "win" the league in the traditional H2H playoff sense AND have a better H2H winning percentage in direct match-ups against the team with the #4 best winning percentage.
What this means is Dukies is probably safe and assured a spot in next year's upper league due to his great overall record. Samo, Cotton Camby's, and Dynasty Deacon are looking to avoid finishing the playoffs as that #4 best record, which would in theory put us on the hot seat if the #5th or #6th best team won the playoff tournament. As it stands, we still have at least 9 teams with something to play for heading into the last two days of the regular season. If anybody has any questions or would like further clarification, go ahead and post here. Good luck all and may the fantasy gods be with you!