My guess is decreased prize pool and decreased participation due to the “more expensive” (obviously not true, but sadly most people can’t read or put 2 and 2 (or in this case $20 and $20) together) entry fee. In my experience in the past it’s been largely a futile effort to cater heavily to players who complain about entry fees or location or anything like that…drop the entry fee and then those same players still don’t attend because Reasons.
I’m sad to see yet another one of the major unlimited qualifying events move away from the format. Of course I’m still coming anyway so don’t listen to my whining too much. I’m looking forward to the show and I am sure that you guys will do a great job tournament-wise with good games and good TD-ing (is that a phrase? Can we make it a phrase?)!