The RTC was fun, big thanks to the Replay team and all who played. I’m not complaining, the format was announced in advance, so we all knew what we were getting into. For context, I was team captain of Molon Labe. We played all 7 weeks and finished in 3rd. Well done team!
Changing days the way you did was less than ideal. No need to say more than that.
Saturday at 3 est would be a great day and time to hold the finals, but running all 7 weeks at that time meant giving up 7 summer Saturdays. I have no doubt this was a reason the field wasn’t bigger.
Maybe running the qualifiers as regionals, each 6 hours apart, and then running the finals on Saturday might have been a better solution. Giving up 1 summer Saturday is worth it, giving up more than half of them, not so much.
The formula used to calculate tourney points was too heavily weighted towards the top. The formula used was not designed for freerolls. The whole end term (containing the log of the buyin) reduced to multiplying the rest by 1, so did nothing. Maybe just adding some number would have evened things out a bit.
For example, if last place gave 1,000 and first place earned 5,000, first place got 5x as much as last. Adding say, 4,000 to each, would give 5,000 to last and 9,000 to first. The spread is still the same, but now first is less than twice as much as last. I think this might have helped, though 4,000 is just an example, and probably not the ideal number.
Another thing that struck me as odd is that it started as an MTT series and ended as a 6-max SnG. I would rather have seen the finals with 12 players, and the top 6 get the swag.
After the qualifiers, it was brutal. One and Done. I don’t mind brutal, so I was OK with this, but there are other formats you could look at. For example, 4 weeks of qualifiers, 2 weeks of semis, and then a single final would have worked too, and been a little more forgiving.
Finally, I would question the wisdom of having a team of Replay staffers. Yeah I get it, you guys love poker too, but what if you would have won? You know that would create conspiracy theories that would last forever. If your drop-out at the semis was planned, you took a spot from your customers for no good reason.
I think it’s up to us, as a community, to tell Replay what we liked and what we didn’t. They aren’t mind readers. So come on, share your thoughts and maybe the next one will be better than ever.
(Offered in the spirit of constructive criticism)