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Would like more details, but my knee jerk reaction is skeptical. Sure, the thought of being able to compete in multiple events is nice, but there's a $110 entry fee for each event. I think there would be some concern about watering down the events too.
We usually get right around 24 participants for our regional, which means we are sending 3. I'm certainly not scared of the competition, but I'm also realistic enough to recognize that I'm not one of the best 3 players in our region. However, depending on the draw, who knows what could happen. I think that's less likely with multiple events, which may be a plus for the top level players. But you need the mid-tier level players to donate to the cause.
I'm not sure I understand what the upside is with this format because I don't think many people will play multiple events with a $110 entry fee. We have a hard time getting many of the good players to pay $110 for just one regional.
But, that's just my initial reaction. Would be interested to hear some of the background information behind this format.
Just listened to the podcast and have a better understanding behind the changes. I guess I'm in favor of the change, but don't feel really strong either way.
I think the biggest upside of the new program is being able to play in another regional if you have a conflict the day of your own region. I'm not convinced there will be many people playing in multiple regionals, mainly due to the entry fee.
However, I don't necessarily agree with some points made about the down side either. I don't think there will be players that won't play in a certain regional because the competition is too tough. I would argue that anybody trying to shop the competition is probably not a player that would normally qualify anyway.
We'll see how it goes, but I don't expect it to be much different than the previous system. However, hats off to the ADO for challenging the status quo and trying to implement new ideas and create further excitement.