Originally posted by Ramned
some revision should happen. Something. Because although it stops great players from ruining tourneys (it doesn't do that 100% ) it stops a lot of the users from playing people in their levels.
The system was changed to make it more likely that players will face correct opposition in banded tournaments - certainly it is not intended to make it less likely!
As the rule applies to every player on the site, you will surely find that you are actually playing pretty much the same players as before but hopefully there will be a decrease in the number of players entering tournaments that are way below their real strength.
The scary players that are lying in wait in the band above (where many people will now find they have to play), will probably themselves now be playing at a higher level.
I'll make more tournaments with irregular bands (for example 1425 - 1525) which should help people who are one point over a band limits which will help for people who have, for example, a rating of 1501.
No matter what system is put in place, it will always be possible to find examples of players who you would rather not face and who fortuitously find themselves in a favorable position with regards to the entry criteria (for example, this always applies to someone with a rating of 1699 who can enter a 1500-1700 tournament), but it's pretty tough to design a system that allows every player on the site to win at least one tournament each 🙂