just throwing this pipe dream out there, as i'm pretty sure it would never happen.
imagine an internet based tournament, that everyone could partake in, that could actually be deemed a true worlds event, instead of the farcicle audacity of simply naming someone 'world champion' because they could afford to make it to a physical event in a pre determined country, and had the best deck and luck on the day ( although this applies to any game really ). i certainly pay no homage / respect to someone who's never even played me, let alone beaten me, so why such a prestigious title ??
i'm sure the technology exists and wouldn't be that hard to implement, and with an entry fee into the site for registration, would be an absolute gold mine for its creator. i'd definately stay up all night to take part, and if it happened to run over an entire weekend then i'd do that too!! of course mini internet tournaments like the regionals could bring it to a managable level. the best part is, anyone with a computer could take part, physical decks or not !!
what a wonderful world we COULD be living in…………
I support internet tournaments. But I can't help but feel you might be taking this whole "World Championship" in the wrong light.
Of course, FFG and other people may have a different opinion on this, but the reason why someone is given the "prestigious title" of World Champion is because that person won the tournament that awarded that as it's prize.
In the hieracrchy of tournmanets. You have regional tournaments that are usually restricted to participants of that region (FFG wasn't/isn't exactly to strict on this). Then you have national tournaments that are usually restricted to people of that nation (FFG was/is more strict on this). Then you have the world championship that has unrestricted access. It doesn't matter what region/country you come from you are allowed to go and compete for the title. That's what makes it a world championship and why the title is given.
Now, if FFG made it an invite-only event, I would agree with you 100%. But they didn't so, the only thing stopping a person from competing in the tournament would be that person.
Granted, not all things are equal. Some people will have to dedicate more time and money than others. FFG is attempting to alleviate some of that by coordinating with some of countries where the game is more popular to get more non-local players to attend. While I'm not a fan of the move to November, I applaud them for trying to do more.
Side note, in the past there has always been some non-local players including one from Australia back in 2009 if my memory serves me correctly.
Besides it's near impossible to have an absolute World Tournmanet. Even with an online program. Someone is always gonna get the short end of the stick. Be it by a person's schedule, time zone, internet connection, computer, etc…
Not to mention you miss out on the physical presence of actually being there. Far more exciting in person than through a computer screen.
As for as Australia getting a short end of the stick… ya it sucks. No disagreement there. However, if your community continues to grow I certainly see no reason you can't lobby for next year to have your own national championship!
Anyway, I hope that better explains things for you and helps alleviates some fustrations. I like you COCLCG, not sure what all happened in the past few weeks, but glad to see you're coming around. Hopefully one day we'll see you at the big event! Till then, keep on keepin on.