can we split this thread into two, one talking about kashyyyk regionals and one talking about the bye system? the op specifically said he did not want to talk about the bye system in general. i think the kashyyyk regional decision merits more discussion than it has received because this thread went off topic almost immediately.
as the tournament director of the event, i am quite upset with the decision in this instance and would like to take the time to explain why. apparently we ran afoul of an obscure rule that requires each bye-awarding event to have at least four entrants. one imagines the intent of the rule is to prevent people from holding events in isolated areas or with poor advertisement in an attempt to secure a bye for themselves or their friends without having to face real competition. if bill kafer had attempted to hold hawaii states while he was stationed there, it might have been a bit suspect. however, this location is relatively central to a large number of active players, was advertised well in advance, and had drawn well in the past. there were many players who might have been able to attend but who unfortunately had conflicts that specific day or weekend. the very next day the three best players in the world showed up, and many more could have come over the course of the weekend if not for things like weddings (one person), international travel (two), concerts (two), lack of public transportation (one), or work (one). and those are just the conflicts i now know about. this can not be the kind of event this rule was designed for.
and no one was more disappointed with the low attendance than the actual participants. certainly we wanted more people to show up, but just as certainly these circumstances were beyond our control. so we played star wars, ate pizza, played conquest, chatted, and did not for one second think the legitimacy of the event would be questioned. the twiggs took time out of their day to travel and attend a tournament in the hopes of earning a bye. i spent $45 at the pc store in the hopes of distributing two byes. through no fault of our own, these things did not materialize. this does not exactly incentivize such desired behavior in the future. this is an instance in my opinion where strict adherence to the rules promotes a clearly unjust result.
furthermore, let's examine two events, one of which awarded byes, one of which did not.
tournament announced on july 28th, held on august 6th. that is an advance announcement of slightly over a week. if there is a specific reason this event needed to be so late, it is unknown to me. the tournament forum shows no events in nearby areas on previous weekends which would conflict with this one. four players in attendance.
tournament announced on june 28th, held on august 6th. that is an advance announcement of slightly over five weeks. this was the only weekend that would not conflict with another swccg event or a magic event at the store in question. special permission was requested from the tournament advocate to hold an event this late before worlds. the tournament committee considered the application and approved it. i, the tournament director, contacted people directly via text and pm prior to the event to check availabilities, and bumped the thread on two separate occasions prior to the event. three players in attendance.
i am not asking that the dantooine regionals participants be stripped of their byes in the manner the kashyyykians were: i try, with varying degrees of success, not to be a douchebag. but i'm saying, if we're looking at which event of these two is the shadier, i feel like i'm not really reaching by declaring that dantooine regionals. the fact that they had one extra participants makes it a more legitimate tournament than ours, despite the fact that it was held after the cutoff date for no apparent reason, with barely any notice, and no exemption from the tournament committee? i'm sorry but i don't agree. it is literalism to an absurd degree to enforce this 4-person rule to the extent that it has been