I'm guessing that's Bronze Captain or higher...
Is the logic in keeping the rank that high to keep the possibility of people trying to cheat/glitch out of the tournament?
We chose the ranking of at least a Bronze Captain so, the level of skill would be at least worthy in any match and it has nothing to do with glitching because people of any level from a bronze scout to a silver miner might try to glitch a match. We will strictly be watching out for anyone who tries to glitch in this game.
I would like to see a 64 person tournament or higher, maybe have a slight buy-in, and open it up.
We hope to get at least 64 players, but if not we'll have random players who get a bye in the first round. Being this is a first attempt at a event, we did not want to overreach going beyond 64 players.
Granted, I'm not saying I'm in the top 64 or even the top 640, but I'd love a chance to participate. Problem is the said cheaters/glitchers could easily ruin enough games that would cost me a chance to make that rank.
Glitches can come at any time, but they are rare. No one I know or talk to on this site uses glitches as reason why they can't get to the level of play they wish to achieve.
I mean, let's be realistic here. There are 2-3 people that are in the best position to win, hands down, and the only way they don't all make it to the semifinals is if they get put H2H against one another.
Anything is possible, odds are indeed likely the finals will have four silver players, but there is a chance a bronze player may upset a silver player. I took down a silver major a couple weeks ago and that was the first time ever faced someone that high of rating. Anyone can be beat and that silver player may just run into someone who may have their number that day. As my father would say "Nothing assured in any game or sport, that's why they still play the game."
This game literally comes down to who gets the best of the exchange, and if you're down one against anyone with any amount of talent, you will lose 99% of the time. Period.
Not so. Not everyone plays for material advantage. Many of my best wins, came from me being down and learning about my opponents weakness and getting their flag. Just having the higher pieces never guarantees you a victory, for it takes someone with the skills to be able to still use their advantage and not get reckless at the end. If you also look at some of the better players on this site, they sacrifice material to find out what they need to know to plan their main attack.
I just don't think it is really doing any good to recruit new people or introduce them to the game when the tournament field is so rigidly limited.
We have over 85,000 registered users on this site, anyone who is a captain or higher is welcomed to join. The main issue is, not everyone comes to the forum and so they won't know about this event. This is also the first time we have made an effort to run an event on this site, so perhaps people have doubts of it's success.
If the WSOP main event did something similar, poker would have never experienced the boom that came from Chris Moneymaker entering a sat. tournament by mistake, winning the biggest prize in poker history, and sparked a amateur revolution that led to it going from fields of 300 to fields of 6000 (paying $10000 each).
This is not a gambling site. We are here for the fun of the game and the prize is merely to offer the winners battle coins to change their avatars or whatnot. The main reason here, is to give that person bragging rights to say they won an event with many great players.
Again, if it's just to get things off the ground, I can understand that a little bit. But if this was to be a trend, then I don't think the game online, as good as it is, with some great, honest players, will ever reach its true potential.
This again is our first effort to run an event online. If things go well, expect to see more events in the near future.
Anyway, that is just my .02 cents. I'm sure everyone will disagree, and that's fine with me.
As the Dude from The Big Lebowski would say: "Well..yeah man.. that's like your opinion."