Two things I would like to address about the 3rd Strike 2on2 at Evo. And before I say anything, I am very grateful for 3S still being in Evo and is very excited that it is teams. However, I ask:
- WHy is 3rd Strike 2on2 instead of 3on3? I know it probably has to do with time constraints, 1 teammate might be playing in another game, etc. But can we get a complete explanation for someone in charge?
I think personally the 3on3 actually runs faster than the 2on2, besides the fact that one of your teammates might be on a different game, and this could happen in 2on2 also. But its easier because 3on3 will equal lesser teams and considering how Evo runs its pools, most teams will be together waiting at the pool brackets anyways. I’ve ran countless 2on2s and 3on3 tournies at FFA and Denjin Arcade, and 3on3s were honestly a lot more easier to do, less time consuming and much more exciting, as SBO also has the 3on3 format.
- The 2on2 format that is planned for Evo, where both players get to play is a really bad format. I know it is probably because they want both players who entered to play and not just be carried by the first guy who never loses, but this is almost impossible. I’m sure no one wants to team up with dead weight just because they are with a friend and also, this format is rather confusing to people. I’ve ran this format many times also at FFA and these tournies were not very exciting either.
I think the main problem with this format, and no one has to agree with me on this or not, but I have a lot of experience with this, is that, it takes away from the momentum of the game. The player who wins, might be HOT, and he has to take a seat to his teammate because of the format. 3rd Strike is a momentum game and that completely takes away from it. At SBO 2005 when 3rd Strike was 2on2, it was regular Pokemon format.
This is just my opinion, please add on if you guys have any thoughts or suggestions.