NWPC is an event that has aimed to provide the best experience of high level world-class tournament pinball. Since Eden and I pulled back from running the event the new crew has pushed to continue that legacy (Awesome!).
"High level world-class tournament pinball" , for the NWPC, has always meant that certain priorities have needed to be weighed in order to best serve the goal of having a world class main event.
NWPC puts a premium of priority on Open, the main event which is available to all players, and secondly the classics tournament. Over the years there have also been other sub divisions, such as Novice, Women's, as well as an actual B division.
In a perfect world, with unlimited time, money, staff and participating players, all of these events would be fully serviced. However, with the resources available, and the goal of prioritizing the events that accommodate the widest player base, the side events, including Women's, are not always able to receive full support.
Over the years this has appeared to be a reasonable trade-off - Create the best main event we can that is for all players, and push to offer quality sub events catering to various groups of players. Historically the trade-offs, like running some events finals during other finals in order to maximize quality of the main have been acceptable.
I wont speak for the current NWPC crew, but as I am still minimally involved with the event, I am sure a discussion will take place to determine if the goals and priorities of the event are still on target, and if any or what changes should or should not take place in terms of structure.