I remember the first time a few years ago, when the first 5-out-of-9 HERB was tried in a circuit event (because 5-out-of-5 didn’t work anymore with the huge turnouts…) and watching the standings with @pinwizj, we realized how crazy it was that there were 9 sets of 5 and 10 point bonuses out there and they would totally screw somebody out qualifying, even if they put in 5 top 10 scores… It was after that, that I always petitioned the HERB-style tournaments I was involved in, to neuter those bonus points down based on the ratio of games needed to games available to play. So for a 6-of-10, I would use 100-94-91-90… and for 5-of-9, I would go down to 100-96-94-93.
The fact that there are any bonuses at all for the top two scores has always seemed silly and arbitrary to me as a player. PAPA has used that scoring for years, and it’s fine there, because their format is NOT HERB and those bonus points don’t really have much bearing on the outcome of qualifying, because most of those bonus points get lost on tickets that don’t count (for instance, of 120 scores of the top 24 players, at PAPA 19, there were only eight first or second place scores that affected qualifying, and at PAPA 18, there were only five). But for HERB, all of those points will count every tournament and it wasn’t even that bad when everyone had to play all the games, but when there are more games available it really skews the results. And not in a good way, IMO.
I think we’ve had plenty of threads here already that discuss using a simple curve function to decrease the points awarded for each finishing score in a standardized way and other than it’s “complicated”, I don’t understand why its not used over the silly and arbitrary 100-90-85-84… other than, you know, change is hard and it’s much easier to keep doing it the way “it’s always been done”, even if there’s no good reason for it.
Notice anything about what it takes to get a top eight bye at Louisville lately ? lol
And we can now add Pinvasion III to that: notice anything about what it takes to make the cut in Atlanta lately ? lol
I guess I have to add this one to my list of crusades…