What If Your Car Breaks Down? Tiered Tournaments On The Slab
I couldn't help but notice the article by Michael Granaas and Reeve Geary entitled,"Locke and Demosthenes: Tiered Tournament Structures?" Not only would this be just downright wrong, it would also have a bad effect on players, and cause many to quit the game.
If they know for a fact that just because they can't get to DCI events due to their location (let's say that they don't have a store in their area), and they won't be given the chance to show what they're worth at PTQs and Grand Prix Trials, they will have no more interest in the game.
Magic: The Gathering has turned into a win for money game now-a-days rather than just playing for fun, and this idea will not work. I think this is just a way for the better players to keep from saying,"I lost to a guy with a 1699 constructed DCI rating." It's more of a reputation saver rather than a way to organize the tourneys. If you want people to quit the game, then please - influence this idea. However, if you are like me, then you would rather do what you can to keep players in the game rather than segregate them for a"falsified" ability level. A DCI rating only reflects how a player does at a DCI-sanctioned event, not what he can do any day of the week.
Let's say, for example, that Pablo Martinez lives in Mexico - but due to lack of transportation or just where his home is, he never has a chance to get to a DCI event until his parents allow him a chance at PTQs. So his DCI rating is squat; we're talking 1600, because he hasn't played anywhere. Is it fair that if he does well at PTQs he should be slipped into Tier 1 because his DCI was jack squat? No; no, it is not.