Wow, this is really disappointing.
PAPA is, or was supposed to be the epitome of competitive pinball, the format made it that It tested the metal of every player and the roller coaster of every entry is what makes the format awesome!
"Awesome, got two good games!, Dammit fucked up 3 and 4, time to try again"
"YES! 3 good games! DAMMIT fucking 4 and 5!!"
That constant ride of up and down, highs and lows, that is what is amazing about the format, and having to play against such great players at the same time.
Pump and Dumb (and no that's not a typo) is just boring, just hammer your way through each game, no risk, just keep playing till you hammer in that good score. For most of the players in the top 24 it's not a question of if, it's just a question of when are you going to break through.
I'd much rather see the prize pool shrink then the format change if it is a monetary issue that is driving the change.
I don't have the history as some do with PAPA, I only started on PAPA8 right after the flood and since then haven't missed one. It was a must attend on my list, so it wasn't even a question if I was going to attend PAPA20, and now it is
If PAPA is just another pump and dumb, then it's exactly that, just another pump n dumb. I'll run one locally for less money, with local people and get pretty much the same experience.
PAPA format is an experience in an of itself, and it's called PAPA format for a reason....