I think I understand the reasoning to break the tournament into to two groups but I'm not sure if I agree with the reasoning when I dig deeper.
I think this format would be suggested for only GENS tourneys? SNES has had 3 different winners come out of nowhere to win each major King of 94 event. I would hate to break up their bracket and eliminate the unknown factor.
I'll try my best to be concise here but here are some bullet points I'd like to throw out there
-The weekend before King of 94 III, I went to Green Bay to play in a Tecmo Super Bowl tournament. I'm maybe an average player in that game, even then I might be giving myself too much credit. I knew I had no chance of winning with the likes of JoeyGats, The Retro Sports Gamer, Nelson79, Justin Peters, DPS, etc. attending the tournament. That said, I didn't want to avoid playing any of them, in fact I wanted to play as many of them as possible because if I'm going to travel and lose a tournament, I may as well get my moneys worth and play the best guys there. You never know what may happen on any given day, the eventual winner of the tournament Nelson79 is someone I beat in Green Bay earlier this year at the edge of 94 Tecmo tournament. You never know when a top player will just lay an egg and let an average player like me steal a game from them.
- If you don't play the best, how do you ever measure you're game if improvement is an important factor as to why you play. Maybe King of 94 III isn't the year for Chris O, Darik A, Leif Eriksson, Dave S, or any number of other guys. Perhaps the time they spent playing a top player in that tournament propels them in a future King of tournament. Maybe it motivates them to work on their game that much more after a really impressive showing. I don't want to discourage players by not allowing them to play in what is considered to be an elite tournament.
- Also, I think making the entire tournament inclusive is awesome. It's like the World Series of Poker, everyone wants to play Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, etc. because those are the guys they see on TV and yeah they will probably take your money but there is always the chance you can bust them. Same with the US open for golf, it allows amateurs and people who win a play in tournament to compete against tour pros. Every once in a while a no name makes a run and thus creates a name for themselves. If I'm going to pay money or travel to play poker, I want to play a big name. Otherwise I'll just stay home and play online or in a home game.
- I also don't want to be handed anything nor do I want to only be playing a handful of other people all the time. One of the best games I had during the tournament was against Dave S, I don't even think I laid an egg that game but he played great and only lost 4-3. Who's to say something doesn't going wrong for me in that game and I end up losing it? Nothing is a gimmie in my mind. That's why I play every game 100%. I don't think any of us expected EA to lose in group play but he got upset by a guy named Francis in group play. Sometimes stuff happens and I'd hate to see the chance of that sort of thing removed.
- I think the consolation tournament for guys don't do well in pools is our way of meeting people in the middle. So you had a rough tournament, now you can play some good games against guys within your skill level. I'd hate to see guys shuffled off to the side before the word go.
I think I covered the main points. If I'm wrong about a lot of this and there is a major push for something along the lines Coach drew up, then that's the way it should be. I don't want us to offer a product the people don't want. If the general public has no interest in playing a top player, then I wont fight it. I think part of the allure for the unknowns or mid tier players is the idea of giant killing and ruining a top players day.
Ask any of the guys who won SNES, they didnt expect to come in and win. They just wanted to have fun and play some '94, it just so worked out that they won. I understand GENS has been different, but I want to see the pack catch up and the other great players come to the live events. I also think there are unknowns out there who can be good. I don't want to take away these players chance to make a name for themselves by discouraging them at the door.