Not real sure exactly what to call this format so name change suggestions are warranted There is some discussion in the Houston Expo thread which has turn a bit more towards the format in general and I thought it best to create it’s own topic to not hijack/muck up that thread.
Spraynard - Please correct any discrepancies I may present in the format as it stand. I figured I’d start the thread vs being lazy and asking you or a Mod to do it.
These reasons/benefits of the format change:
- Give players more time to enjoy the show outside the tournament area.
- Increase the total number of players that can participate when machine count, space or time is an issue
- Allow players who cannot attend multi days to participate in a match play type of format.
- reduce crowding in the tournament area.
All this is done to keep the matchplay format. The very basic description of the format is there will be multiple distinct qualifying sessions (4 in this example). Players may play in up to two of these sessions, and can choose which is most convenient for them. Each session will be around three hours long, limited to 52 players, and will feature 6 rounds of group match play. The top 6 players from each session will qualify for finals.
This format now expands the possible tournament participation from 52 people to, up to 208. Thus allowing more people to play which is a great thing!