Witz78 wrote:yeh its a way of making the rankings important again
You're correct regards the format being 1 v 64; 2 v 63 and 3 v 62 etc for round two in theory)
The way to make the rankings important is to actually seed the top players through to venues and have the flatter structure for the pre-televised stages, and I say that as someone who has warmed to the 128 system in recent years.
The rankings matter for two tournaments at the moment, The Masters and The World Championships, that was the choice WS made and it seems that they're making it up as they go along at the moment. The rationale behind randomly drawing the seeds of 9-16, 17-32 and 33-64 was to avoid having repeated match ups which having this kind of system could reproduce.
I think this would be good for the PTC Finals like the PDC do in the darts with 1 v 32, 16 v 17, 9 v 24 and so on but I don't think it's a good idea for the UK's but a reseeded draw would be interesting, i.e the highest seed to win in round one meeting the lowest seed to win in round one in the last 64