One hundred percent. Especially since local events count for up to 330 points this season (400 in the next seasons). Regionals will be a game changer, because you can score up to 1200 points. I predict that the perfect season this year will be 2030 points.
This feels so… illogical. Maybe for Europe where going to 8 regionals is a far cheaper and far more easy task, does this make sense - but in the US? People would have to pay 400 on average per flight and more with hotel in order to hit enough regionals outside of driving distance and no information about payouts as well makes all of this feel shady. I can understand combining it to 8 finishes now that states are gone, but regionals are no where near as accessible as regionals + states were. This just doesn’t make sense at all to me
Keep in mind that the goal here is to encourage as many people as possible to play as much Pokemon as possible. A Best Finish Limit can act counter to that goal. I would say somewhere around 98% of players won’t approach this limit, and I suspect approaching it will not be necessary to earn an Invite.
I believe this is their way of effectively having no Best Finish Limit, while protecting against the people who are going to inevitably attend all 18 North American events. It’s no BFL for most of us, it’s a super high (and incentive-laden) one for some players with the means to chase it.
I agree with this, although I’d be interested in seeing the reasoning behind combining the best finish limits for League Challenges and League Cups. I suppose your more competitive players can ignore League Challenges (somewhat) after this, leaving them more effective as entry-level events, but I’d prefer to have seen a lower point value for League Challenges with their own bucket than to see them combined with League Cups (at least, from where we’re sitting now).
Obviously the execution may feel different, but it’s a confusing change if you want to see more people playing more Pokemon.
This I agree with for sure. It does go in the opposite direction of what they’ve done recently.
I think this is an intentional byproduct of the system. When you make the top prize harder to attain, you may shrink the pool of people that aim for it marginally, but it’s likely that those who were previously pursuing it will adjust their level of pursuit to accommodate for that greater difficulty. Essentially, the people that were gunning for Top 16 last year might fall in number somewhat, but that drop will be compensated for when the people still aiming for Top 16 simply aim higher.
I just hope they provide decent stipends to players who want to travel far to make more tournaments. I remember there was talk in stipends to foreign tournaments or is that more about the general prize pool?
I can’t see this happening at all. Pretty sure that Continentals are going to be held somewhere in the US, and the Nationals TPCi is talking about would go to countries such as South Africa, which have OP but no Continentals.