Side tournaments at majors still got more entrants than HDR was getting as an official game. But then again, one issue does not justify the other. But yeah, the turnout was low. Still, note that the game has lots of players in Japan, and not many tried the quals when they knew the big names were coming. For instance, check the one Otochun’s team won. It is easy to just speak, but how many would bother to travel to a tournament with no real prize having to face Otochun? Many more casual players get ashamed cos of severe beatdowns. The ones who would, would do so to have a chance to play him, but there they can do it every week, who cares?
I do not see how it helps to complain about that, though. The game did get acceptable turnouts, people just need to keep playing. People should just gather the HDR community, check how many tournaments they can afford to attend, and make them happen. Here, people agreed on 2 tournaments a year, so that’s what is going to be done.
Edit: EVO seems a particular example. There are things that have not been said.