Issue: Is counter-picking fair?
Yes: The idea that a player can change character during a tournament rewards players who pick up more than 1 character.
No: It can be extremely frustrating against specialists (players who sticks to mainly 1 character, only to run into bad luck and face someone who counter-picks.
So, the problem is that removing counter-picking (disallowing character change during a tournament) penalises players who learn more than 1 character, and doing otherwise penalises specialists.
- Players are requested to register with either 1 or 3 characters at the start of the tournament. Players are only allowed to use these characters registered.
2.Whenever a player (P1) is going to play against an opponent who has picked 3 characters (P2), P1 may request to remove one character from that opponent. That is, P2 may only choose from the remaining 2 characters to play against P1.
- Possible scenario:
I. a player with 1 character registered playing against another player with 1 character registered.
Game carries out as per normal – both players cannot change character and can’t counter-pick. Too bad if anyone got into a bad match-up.
II. a player with 1 character registered playing against another player with 3 character registered.
The ‘specialist’, knowing the 3 characters his opponent has registered, is allowed to remove the character that poses the worst match-up against his specialised character. In this way, the ‘counter-picking advantage’ of the opponent is reduced. However, the player who has picked up 3 characters still has the flexibility to choose from 1 of the 2 characters not removed by this specialist opponent. As such, it still pays to know more characters.
III. a player with 3 characters registered playing against another player with 3 character registered.
Both players, having see the 3 characters their opponent has registered, is allowed to remove 1 character he’s uncomfortable to play against. it’ll end up with both players having the choice of 2 characters against opponent’s 2 characters. This may promise for additional mind games.
What do you guys think?
All comments and criticisms greatly welcomed.