In typical American SF tournaments there seems to be one factor that diverges, and I can’t tell why: whether a person has to select one character for the duration of the tournament, or whether a person can select any character on a per match basis. In the latter situation, counter-picking is ruled out through double-blind character selections.
Are there any reasons for supporting either of these alternatives? I do not get the chance to visit many “real-life” tournaments and mainly play on 2df and GGPO and usually characters must be chosen beforehand and stuck with throughout the tournament. (This might be because double-blind character picking is tougher online, or it could just be inertia.)
Each seems to have its ups and downs but there doesn’t appear to be a clear cut majority leaning one way or another as to preference - or perhaps I am mistaken on reading the scene. That said, do you think tournaments ought to make a player keep to his 1 character, or allow character switching throughout?
Note: my focus is on 3s here, but ideas pertaining to any SF game are welcome.