Ok, when I first posted details about the Euro Worlds schedule, I said that we would play with the Top 12 players, if we reach 55 players on Day 2. It now looks like this is 99% certain. 49 players are already confirmed, and at least 10 will play Day 1. There are another 10-20 or so I am not sure about yet.
My reasons for expanding to Top 12 with 55 players were the following:
1. To give more players a chance to play on Day 3, and make the most of the probably only Worlds to be in Europe. This was my main reason.
2. Last year at Worlds there were approx. 55 players, and there were at least 2 players which played 6:2 that did not make the cut (our DDM being one of them), which imho sucked. 55 players was the maximum reachable player count I estimated for Worlds, so that was not a random number, but a possibility. I chose the number as an incentive, and because I imagined that we would have several 6:2s in that case.
To be honest I was thinking that it was a no brainer and that I was doing the majority a huge favor, but so far there has been more negative voices than positive ones. Granted, most of the negative voices either have an early flight on Sunday, or are assumed to be in Day 3 anyway (so that will be more difficult for them to predict their opponent).
The travel back early is a totally valid reason against Top 12 of course. Another reason mentioned has been "It's always been Top 8 so don't change it" (it hasn't actually always been Top 8, but I know what the guys mean).
So, if the majority is against Top 12, I will change that again, and we'll keep it at Top 8.
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