I had a great time at Pinburgh 2017.. every group I played with was full of awesome people, and the tournament itself was run very well. However, there is one aspect that bothers me about it: sandbagging.
At least 3 people flat out admitted to me about doing it (no one in my groups), and my partner overheard people talking about doing it multiple times during his matches Thursday. Both of us play as hard as we can, all the time, and we both wound up in A for our efforts. I'm ranked 2157th, he's 4985th. Both of us play in just a couple tournaments per year, and I don't think either of us belong in A, but here we were. While we do enjoy the learning experience from playing against highly-ranked players, we'd both like to land in a division where we at least have a chance at finals. However, it appears that playing hard, combined with a bit of luck plus others' sandbagging is a sure ticket to the meat grinder
Since we refuse to play below our level at any time, we're not sure we want to play in Pinburgh anymore unless something changes. Playing against someone who is not trying their hardest, even if it's just one or two opponents, kinda sucks. I don't know what can be done to discourage it.. maybe reduce A from 240 to 160 (which makes it harder to hit and more attractive since larger percentage of people qualify?) .. but we do wish sandbagging would go away.
Other than that, the show rocked. Kudos to everyone who helped make it happen!
EDIT - looking at the stats, it looks like part of the issue was a massive tie that added an extra 47 players to A this year, yours truly included. Maybe just NOT advance ties next year?