First of all, I just want to say the tournament itself was fantastic as always. I had a great time and I’m looking forward to next year already. Kudos!
I do have a small issue though, with what I’ve seen in other brackets on both Friday and Saturday of the tournament. In at least 5 different brackets, I’ve observed a player requesting to a referee that they be allowed to take the spot of an individual who could not make it to the tournament or was about to be disqualified. I’ve even witnessed a match where this was allowed LATE in a bracket (Losers Semis, if I’m not mistaken), where a friend subbed for someone who was about to be disqualified for not being there for his match. In almost every occasion, the referee had no problem switching them out for someone else.
I believe this is completely unfair, and while realistically difficult for the tournament organizers to catch and prevent every occurence from happening (I can only assume this happened many, many more times throughout the weekend) but it seems as if the referees were not told that this should not be allowed. Am I the only one who thinks this is unfair? Especially for the competitors, it seems like if someone walks in, doesn’t pay an entry fee, isn’t registered, sits down and beats you in a tournament match… that should never be allowed. I also ask myself if maybe someone got knocked out of the tournament early in the day, and came to another pool later and took someone’s spot that couldn’t make it?
Did anyone else notice this, or have this happen to them?
I want to reiterate this isn’t a personal attack at the EVO staff by any means, just a suggestion to have a rule such as this enforced in the future for everyone else who shows up on time for their bracket, and doesn’t come to hawk a spot. As someone who runs brackets on a regular basis, I would never allow such a thing to happen.
As a final note; no, this did not happen to me in the tournament. My brackets were run smoothly and professionally and I wasn’t a victim of anything like this… but I can really feel for anyone who had this happen to them and ended up losing a match because of it. I didn’t see a reason to step up and complain on anyone’s behalf during the tournament since it was merely an observation that didn’t directly involve me, but I think it was worth mentioning.
tl;dr: Referees were allowing people to take the spots of competitors in the tournament that were going to be disqualified, and I don’t think this should be allowed / should be prevented in the future.