karrde225 wrote: But I really feel like Tom or Cellucci would have every right to be like "damn, I just made top 8, but my grueling day still isn't over?" What this boils down to is that it's great for the 9-10 finishers and sucks for the 7-8 finishers.
Wrong way to look at this IMO. As of now, there *is* no top 8 until every 6-2 player has had a shot at making it in on games played.
Look, SoS makes more decks viable than differential did for tournaments, but it's still just a tiebreaker method and there are many, many ways it is flawed. Playing a game of SWCCG is a much better tiebreaker method than SoS to decide the bottom rungs of the top 8 among everyone who earned their 6 wins (and that's what we're saying here: 6 wins is our cutoff. That gives you two
games to lose to luck or bad matchups. Anything else, you clearly made mistakes; your fault. We love this game partly because luck is such a low factor, right?)
And really, people are complaining about playing SW after 10pm on a weekend? I know everyone's getting older but come on my American friends. Europeans aren't some hardened bunch who can just carry on til midnight/2am+ because we have super genes (Rasmus aside, but he's not making any top 8s with those * Gungans
). Remember: you don't have to play your playoff game if you don't want to, or fell outside the top 8 on SoS. Just concede to the guy above you! Simple. It's allowed, provided s/he's not bribing you.
Look, speaking as a guy who got 9th, 9th, and 10th at major tournaments (for another card game, the one we took SoS from) and missed out on a shot at $5000, $5000, and $40,0000 purely because of SoS - a tiebreaker subject to numerous variables many of which over I had no control - I would've played that extra game every time. And btw, that other game? It had more luck than ours does and more players. Corporate did what was best for corporate. This game is run by players and for a smaller community. We can do what's best for what we want: finding our champion. Not just *a* champion they can stick on marketing materials.
And on that note, congrats to Bastian! Now we shall see if one of our North American friends can replicate your success over here next year