This would be a great thing to be added to the feedback forums: https://matchplay.uservoice.com/
The feedback forums are there just for these suggestions so other people can vote on their favorite ones and I can gauge interest.
This may be a little too niche to get a high priority from my hand... I usually do what you're already doing. I have a random number generator app on my phone so I don't have to have someone yell out a number, but same difference
This answer is a little more complicated.
The tournament format is definitely supported. In MatchPlay terms what you're describing is a "group elimination bracket" so just choose that as your tournament format and you'll be all set with the "groups of four; top two advance" format.
Where it gets tricky is with the tournament banks. MP does have a "machine banks" feature, but it's an automated thing where MP will assign a bank to a group.
You have options though:
- You can disable arenas in MP entirely and keep running machine choice on paper.
- You can set "arena draws" in MP to the "manual" setting. After the top seed has made their bank choice you just have to manually select each arena in MP. It's a little extra clicking, but unless you have a massive tournament it's totally doable. We did this for San Francisco City Champ two years ago. It's much faster to do if you have a laptop rather than just a tablet.
You should totally run as many tournaments as you want! The majority of tournaments on MP are pinball tournaments, but people use the software for several other "sports" (like Super Smash Bros). The more the merrier! Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if there's anything I can help with!