I think if people were playing matches on all tvs at all times, a lot of the problems would go away. I think this happens because the pools just look like a random crowd with players/ non players / wanderers etc…
The judges can’t DQ people, cause they can’t be 100% sure if they really are there, the players aren’t quite sure when they are playing, so it just becomes a mess.
With a big event hall and enough tvs, I think the answer is to move away from that arcade style setup where everyone crowds around a couple machines fighting with the actual players for space.
In most sports there’s a play area, bench for players who are in the game and not playing, judges area, and spectator area. Everyone knows where the action is, and where they are supposed to be. So here’s what i was thinking:
- Make the pools look more like a pool: section off the areas and put chairs in for people that are in the pool, so it at least looks like they are supposed to stay around. Spectators are not allowed in the pool area, however they can be in the middle area (assuming the pools are still on the left and right sides of the room).
-Add practice time (only for the players in the pool) before the pool starts, so that players have a reason to be there early, most people don’t want to play their first match cold, so they will probably be there. The lines will be shorter than byoc and they can scout the comp if they want. As the semis start for the current game, the pools are converted to the next game so practice can start.
Once all this is in place, you can finally introduce the instant DQ. Not in the pool area at match time, DQ, end of discussion. If you have a reserved area with private practice time and still can’t at least show up before the tournament, you obviously don’t want to play.
Since you can’t leave the area, you can’t chase down your stick, so everyone will have to get their own.
Everyone in BYOC can do what they want, but if players are playing there instead of in the tournament, they just get DQ’ed for not reporting to the pool. BYOC doesn’t have to be cancelled, players just have to now pick what they are really going to play and not just register for the hell of it.
-Emergency registration puts you in losers bracket: I think this is a serious enough penalty to get everyone to register online, while at least giving people with true emergencies a way in. If the pools still have 4 spots, they at least have a shot to qualify.
Im not sure i would put the entire bracket up, but at least put who’s in each bracket, so that people can vote on which bracket to put on the stream / big screen.