I was playing a 1m chip MTT, and I noticed that with 7 players left out of 14 (which is half the field!) , the big blind got to 400 when the average stack was 6,000. This means that the average stack is only 15 BB, so basically every player at the table except maybe the chip leader is short stacked.
This happens because in the early stages more players are playing tight, intelligent poker at these stakes than in other tournaments on Replay. But when the stacks get so short, all intelligent poker goes out the window and it becomes bingo because the blinds are worth so much. It ruins what is an otherwise fun tournament by adding an extreme form of variance after all of the tight play. Players were correctly open shoving with hands like A3, 88, TT, for value, when it would be much more interesting if the stacks were deeper so that actual poker could be played. I suggest increasing the blind levels to 10 or 12 minutes for 1m chip buy-ins so that the stacks don’t get that shallow until there are 2-3 players left. It is a bigger buy-in, so why not let the players enjoy their poker for longer, instead of forcing bingo. Increasing the variance this way also reduces the impact of skill compared to luck, but that is a whole other thread.