Here is a clarification of the finals (as your question confused me)
There are 16 countries on the map, and 2 possible scenarios for the finals.
For the sake of arguing lets say that a players score is equal to the amount of countries he or she currently holds.
Scenario 1-Tournament finals progresses as normal.
Requirements for scenario 1-The finalists scores range from 15-1 to 11-5
Gameplay-Tournament flow stays the same until 1 player holds all 16 countries. If this is not achieved withing 16 rounds a 16 game 1v1 series will take place to determine the winner, regarding of the current score.
Scenario 2-the tournament finals will consist of a 16 game 1v1 series.
Requirements for scenario 2-the finalists scores range from 10-6 to 8-8.
Gameplay-Tournament flow changes and 16 similtaneous 1v1 games are sent out to determine the winner. (bc I allowed free members to play and only asked 2 game spots be open at a time, games will be sent out 2 at a time if needed) To win the 16 game series you must win a number of games equal to your opponents current score, plus 1. (country count)
Ex. Players A and B make it to the finals. Player A holds 10 countries and player B holds 6.
The two players compete in the 16 game series, but player A must only win 7 out of 16 games to be the tournament winner. In this scenario, player B must win 11 out of 16 games to be the tournament winner. If there is a tie (ex. player A wins 6 and player B wins 10)
than 1 more 1v1 game will take place to determine the winner.
I hope that cleared up any confusion there might have been as we get closer to the finals.
Good luck to everyone still in the tournament!