I’ve heard a number of complaints regarding Evo World Finals being held in Vegas again this year. Even though I’m from Vegas (convenient, right?), I can see how this is unfair to east coast players. The cost of a hotel room is pretty high here. Factor in rapidly increasing costs of plane tickets, and many east coasters are priced out of attendance. This gives a natural financial advantage to west coast players.
So, how about this: use the 5 on 5 EC vs. WC tourney to decide if Evo World 2009 is held on the east coast or west coast. Simple as that. EC wins, the tourney is held somewhere in the Northeast. WC wins, it’s held somewhere in CA (yes, there’s going to be fights about Norcal vs. Socal, but I am sure both can agree that either is better than on the east coast).
This would add a tremendous amount of hype to this side match, which could be played on the big screen on Friday or Saturday night after the qualifiers. The crowd would be wild for this match, as just about everyone has a very significant stake in it. Participants from the losing side are marked with the shame that their fellow players now have to travel across the country next year to World. Imagine the pressure!