Lemnas wrote: HappyCamper wrote:
What format would you have instead?
Some sort of group stage so that everyone has a guaranteed min numbers of games perhaps.
Everybody has three guaranteed games now, which wouldn't be any more under a group system - unless you make the groups very large. But then it will take forever until the group stage is completed. I think the current system is fine, except this points for walkovers thing. That is awful!
The problem is the 'obvious' alternative is just as bad - if you DIDN'T give points for byes & walkovers, then players with less matches disadvantaged by having less opportunity to qualify on 'the list'
I've mentioned on previous occasions the whole business of qualifying through the list has the risk when you get to Q School 3 of a 'dead' match where both players have already qualified, or where one player has already qualified by winning enough frames and can safely let their opponent win to qualify - I'm not saying it would happen, but in the circumstances doubt might well surround the result.
Some kind of frames per game where the total frames won is divided by the number of matches played or where the frame difference is divided by the number of matches played.
And to avoid the 'already qualified' risks - no-one automatically qualifies from the Merit list, instead players 1-4 on the list play players 5-8 on the list to qualify.