I certainly agree, it was a tough event filled with fantastic players. And thank you, despite not making the cut, I am very pleased with how I played, and I look forward to the next major event.
At this point, I am questioning the decision to have that first elimination round Saturday, instead of doing it all Sunday. Frankly, I think an earlier start across the board wouldn't hurt either. At the same time, I don't know the reasons for those descions either. What I do know, is that I went from exhilaration to being punched in the gut and mugged when those final standings went up. There is a huge difference between being x-1 and thinking you are for sure in and being x-2 and knowing you are on the bubble. I really just want to be sure that at future events, someone else doesn't go through the emotional roller coaster I did.
First off - I had a fantastic weekend, the people in the tournament really made it for me, and it was such a pleasure to make so many new friends.
I think something they could have done differently for time is:
1) To add the 6th round - which I believe should have also been scheduled - you could start the tournament prior to noon? Registration started at around 11 am, but many of us were there around 10 am in the morning. By maybe moving up the start time to 11, and then the registration time to 10 - you could easily add another round within the day.
2) Doing top 16 the next morning. Also - those start times could have been a tad bit earlier too - I'm not sure if it started at 11 am or 12 pm, but an earlier start time would mean we would get done sooner rather than later. A 10 AM start time does not seem like a lot to ask.
Which is a good thing that they are dramatically cutting the amount of Regionals next year.
I believe that the regional winner bye would not have been too strong if another round had been played. I also felt as if the NA championship winner, the UK championship winner, and the Nordic championship winner should have not been on equal playing terms as those who may have just won a Regionals.
I understand providing people who did not have the opportunity is important as well - but I also feel like those who deserve a win - deserve some kind of reward.
Furthermore, I think it is sad that they are cutting the amount of Regionals being played. Maybe perhaps cut the elevation it gives them, but I feel like Regionals really provides an opportunity for us as players to congregate and play together.