Thanks for another great event! I could tell by who all showed up during the day to both watch and play that this is an event lots of people care about.
And I get that it's Hank & Jas's baby, so feel free to make whatever changes you like.
That being said, I'm a fan of one change and would challenge the aim of the second one...
1. For this year's Challenge (& upcoming JB Cup), teams no longer select which team their chosen players will face... They simply get listed as 1, 2, 3, 4 (etc) and matches are determined randomly based on a formula to even out the number of times each team is faced overall.
This has the effect of preventing 3 teams from ganging up on one team with all those teams best players (convenient for Q that this rule was changed, but overall I think it serves to even the playing field so the truly best team wins - and doesn't get stomped by "tactics").
2. For next year's JB Challenge match, Hank has said that it will be a 2-day event, where the challengers all square off on Saturday and then the winner (of up to 4 teams) would compete against the JB team "on the chopping block" all day Sunday.
Also, since there are only 4 challenge team spots available, Hank has said that Burnaby, Langley, and MundyB, all have a spot for next year's Challenge, so one new team can join... BUT if 2 new teams join then MundyB (having finished last place in this year's Challenge) would get bumped out completely... And if 3 new teams join, then Langley gets bumped out as well. As the second place finisher, only Burnaby is guaranteed a spot.
This means that the team on the chopping block gets to be fully rested and taking on a tired team (3 Jericho rounds and then another 3 the next day?? C'mon). This is no punishment whatsoever for the 4th place team, and I can tell you right now that it's no motivation to win the Challenge... If the top Challenge team was rested it would at least be fair (like if there was a week between matches for instance). Let's face it, the Challenge teams are already likely weaker than any if the 4 JB Teams, but do you think anyone stands a legitimate chance in that planned scenario??
If you just want the 4 original teams in the JB just say so and drop the shenanigans... Don't give the other teams false hope
or else we will stop caring & you'll be back to just 4 teams again.
Also - who's to say the new teams would be better than MundyB or Langley? You'd bounce those 2 teams without letting play determine who's better? (Even though Mundy supported this event both years - and had a strong showing of club support as
well??) this makes no sense to me
Please don't take my thoughts as an attack - I want this event to continue thriving
this is meant as healthy debate.