Cloud Strife wrote:
Hearn wanted a 128 flat draw for this with everyone starting in R1. The Shanghai organizers wanted the traditional staggered draw with the top 16 going straight to the venue.
I guess this is the compromise they've come up with, and it's not a satisfactory one, imo. A ranking event always trumps an invitational every day of the week for me.
Hearn just really annoys me sometimes with his stubbornness. It wasn't enough for him to ruin the UK Championship, he's now massively devalued what was the best tournament in China.
At the moment the ballance is all wrong theres Ranking events all over the place with Shoot out, Players Championship and World Grand Prix ranking events. We need more invitationals to ballance it out.
between now and end of the season theres 11 ranking events and the masters and championship league the only invitationals.
by having less full on rankers you free up the callender so you can actually give players more time between events,
qualifiers takes up 3, 4 or 5 days to play. meaning with invitationals theres no need for qualifiers.