Meto wrote:To be fair, neither does turning away willing players. It's really a lose-lose situation. Right now, the biggest problem for the legitimacy of online tournaments is attendance, and lack of "elite" players. I think turning away players under all but the most extreme circumstances is bad.
I think we're disagreeing on the meaning of "legitimate".
First and foremost an event has to be run properly - regardless of the number and identity of the players involved. We can keep delaying the start date as much as possible and delaying deadlines to accomodate as many people as possible but at the end of the day all that does is frustrate the people who make the effort to stick to the deadlines and it undermines the TD's position and ability to run the event.
If events are run properly and go smoothly then the number of participants in subsequent events will hopefully rise. If tournaments are a disaster because of repeated delays, players not bothering to check which side they should be playing and changes after rounds have started then I can't see how that can have a positive effect - even if the tournament does involve the "elite" players you mentioned.
It's unfortunate that there aren't as many players involved in this as there could have been, but if there are players that can't sign up within the near month-long period as well as others who decide to not pay the (very small) entry fee I don't think it's fair to repeatedly have a go at the guy organising it for trying to stick to a schedule that the participating players signed up to (particularly at a time of year when a lot of people will be going away and be unable to play games if there are delays).