Yeah there seems to be a difference in “attitude/convention” for pinball vs CCGs. I come from CCGs and have seen the same behavior, in fact most serious players think it’s dumb/stupid/useless to grind away in a tourney you cannot advance to playoffs/finals in.
If the pinball event is IFPA sanctioned for some players, a better finish outside of playoff matters for their ranking and such. This isn’t true fore everyone if they truly want to be high up since eventually players get to 20 events and then the “quit because I can’t get X.YY pts comes up” haha
I don’t see any major issue if someone quits between rounds of matchplay and informs the TD. I’ve seen this happen at different events in SoCal for different reasons: can’t qualify, tourney taking too long, emergency, don’t want to pay to play anymore, etc.
In all these cases the player is either de-activated in the software so they don’t get drawn in groups or finish last in any group they get thrown into. I personally prefer the first over the second since having a “phantom” player who finishes last helps out the other players in the group.