I don't understand what happened. We used to get about 3 a week. Now the only available tournie's have group sizes that are huge!!! When i entered the 2005 championship, i got soooo many games, i had to resign them all! It just wasn't any fun, i don't come here to play blitz.
I'd rather see a more structured range of tournaments. One HUGE tournament a month, with a banded series of tournaments a week, with 1 normal all comers tournie a week as well.
If the time controls of these tournaments rotated over the month it would provide players with a rich choice of tournaments over a month to suit even the pickiest pawn star, ie...
-Huge tournament-Group size=8 Open to new entrants for a whole month!
-Banded Tournaments (4 bands)- Group size=4 open for a week! 1 day 7 days TO.
-Regular 'all comers' Tournament- Group size=4 open for a week! 1 day 7days TO.
-Banded Tournaments (4 bands)- Group size=4 open for a week! 3 day 7 days TO.
-Regular 'all comers' Tournament- Group size=4 open for a week! 3 day 7days TO.
-Banded Tournaments (4 bands)- Group size=4 open for a week! 7 day 14 days TO.
-Regular 'all comers' Tournament- Group size=4 open for a week! 7 day 14days TO.
etc.... for 4 weeks, were upon the cycle repeats. The forth week would rotate between 14/14 and 21/28 tournaments as they are generally less popular and take ages to fill up anyway.
I'm sure i'm not the only player who is put off from playing tournaments because the time controls are too short, or too long......or because the group sizes are too big or small....
Personally i have a set criteria for which tournaments i enter. I don't like 3 day timeouts, yet all the tournaments are 3 day, consequently i don't play in many.
If there was a structure to when the tournaments started, then players could plan which and when they join. I would plan to join one a month, and know that i was going to get the one i want!!
I'm sure the reason the tournaments are restricted is because of performance issues on the servers, so adding tournaments might look like an un necissary burden. However, i believe that should this system be implemented, players will firstly play in less tournaments rather than more, as they will be waiting for the one's with their prefered time control and group size. I, along with most players i feel, have a game limit which i stick to. If i enter a tournament, i play less clan and casual games as a result.
How was that for a tangent???