I’ll give you my real thoughts cuz why not.
The WPPR thing is a huge improvement over the survey system. I think that over several years the word gets out about which tournaments are good. I’ve been to circuit events which I thought were very well run, and I didn’t see them get invited back onto the circuit. I’ve been to circuit events which I was critical of on my survey and they did get invited back, but most of the time I noticed that without the “circuit bump” that the good events had super high participation regardless of the status (see Expo,which I’d love to get to once I can start flying to more than one event a year.)
I don’t get to hear a lot of chatter in the states about the tournaments in Europe, because not many people travel across the pond to play there non-majors, but if I could make it out there I know I’d be at the Dutch Pinball Masters. From the rumors i heard, some TDs weren’t thrilled about the survey process in the selection (even though they usually appreciated any sort of feedback) and this may have been the reason why every 2017-18 PAPA circuit event is in North America. I think this new process opens up a way for us to get closer to having 20 of the best 25 events on the circuit, instead of 20 of the best 40. The circuit has always had great events, but great events were also left off the circuit.