I would like some feedback in defining the 50% rule for working games.
At FPF a situation occurred that still has me puzzled.
The setup is typical Herb style. 6 games count your best 4, with all other things we are familiar with etc. Qualifying is advertised as 10am-11:59pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday. Total qualifying time basically 22 hours.
At approximately 1:30pm on Saturday it was decided to eliminate one of the games since it was not working properly. (For the record, it is not clear to me how long it had been not properly working since I did not hang out there. I stopped playing classics very early after securing a top 4 position)
As one can imagine, the complete removal of 1 of the 6 games caused a major upheaval in the standings. (Yes, I was affected)
It’s hard to say anything without it sounding like sour grapes, and this is not intended to be a complaint fest. It’s over and done.
However, for future reference in my qualifying strategy, my questions are simple.
When does the 50% rule actually apply? I was under the impression that once the tourney is past the 1/2 way point, ie in this case, 11 hours in (9pm on Friday) the games all count.
If a game is flaking out on day one, shouldn’t a decision be made to either eliminate and/or find a replacement game before the 50% qualifying time mark?
If a game works fine and survives day one past the 50% time mark and breaks on day 2, could the game still be eliminated? Is that possible?
Again, please, this is not meant to be a pile on or gripe fest. The situation was unfortunate. I just don’t understand the rules regarding this and don’t want to potentially find myself in qualifying jail again, especially at the only Circuit event I play in.
Thank you for reading and constructive feedback.