LEXINGTON, KY.—It’s official: TOC will use seven prelim rounds at this year. The same judging requirements still apply: 7 prelims, with 4 rounds of judging (or 8 flights) per entry.

Before 2011, the LD TOC has used seven preliminary rounds, with all 5-2s or better advancing (some to a run-off round, others directly to octafinals). Last year, the TOC implemented a rule change that shifted the tournament to eight preliminary rounds, with all 5-3s or better advancing (30 to an additional double-octafinal round, with only two advancing directly to octas).