To clarify, the Finals event will be a true Sternament, but the season events will have the usual assortment of games from different manufacturers, correct?
Also, on the surface using WPPR values to determine which events make the circuit seems like it could stagnate things a bit since won't events already on the circuit have a "squatters" advantage? Meaning more good players are likely to attend because it's a circuit event, even if they'd rather play a different, perhaps better run event that isn't on the circuit?
Seems like there should be some path for an up and coming event to make the circuit besides just WPPRs. By the same token, an established event that ranks poorly in surveys shouldn't be completely protected due to its WPPR ranking either. Perhaps some calculation that incorporates WPPRs, survey results, and/or votes??
Sometimes the 'simplest' solution lacks nuance, and there needs to be ample opportunity to introduce diversity into the mix to keep the circuit ecosystem healthy.