The West Coast Warzone tournaments were extremely well run, great job by John Rog and everyone involved. It had a great online broadcast, it was well organized, and ran smoothly despite over 100 people showing up that didn’t pre-register.
But it was kinda disappointing to see that Yeb, the standout player of the tournament who surprised the hell out of everyone by kicking ass with his amazing Gen, won nothing at all for placing 4th out of about 300 people.
With a $4000 prize pool, there’s plenty of money there to award a little something to the players who did well but couldn’t quite make it to the top 3. The payouts could have been something like $1500, 900, 600, 400, 200, 200, 100, 100. (note- I am NOT suggesting they should have changed the payouts after people showed up at the tournament.)
Paying only the top 3 is a leftover idea from back when tournaments were small and had 20 or so people showing up. When you have a major event with tons of people entering, there’s no good reason not so spread the money around a little bit more. Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea…
- more exciting for the few dozen people who have a chance to reach top 8, but aren’t at the level of Justin/Marn/Valle yet
- more exciting for people to watch, since there are money implications on more late-round matchups
- mid-level players would have an somewhat attainable goal of one day winning money in a big tournament if they practice and improve, which is nearly impossible now with only 3 spots paid
I think it only makes sense to pay out the top 8 (if not more). If you’d pay 3 people in a 30 man tournament, it’s hardly unreasonable to pay 8 or so when there are 10 times as many entrants. Look at poker, they pay the entire top 10%… though I admit top 32 paid would be going too far.
Look at any other tournament sports… you don’t see golf and tennis only paying the top 3. Look at competitive gaming… the WoW PVP tournament paid the top 32. There was a huge Halo 3 tournament run by the CPL, they paid the top 64.
Only small-time competitions pay out the top 3, and now that there are major SF events with hundreds of people, paying only 3 people is a leftover outdated idea. I’m hoping the major tournaments start looking into paying out more places, it’d be better for almost everyone whose name isn’t Justin or Marn.