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We had a similar experience with Lawrence Frag Fest... of course, with LFF - you are looking at half the size of MWGL (MWGL is usually 100ish, LFF was 40-50). One of our "issues" was that in tournaments, you would run into the same group bringing a powerhouse to the event and demolishing everyone else and their pugs. At one event, we spent a long time debating about throwing everyone's name in a hat that wanted to play in the CS tournament, and draw randomly - thus (hopefully) evening the teams more and having a group of people win that otherwise would not.
This of course brought on much frustration and anger from our following, particularly from the group of winners that typically 24:0 raped everyone else.
Myself, I think the current layout is fine. Your ideas have merit, Burn - but the more you fiddle, the more (in my experience) you tend to aggrivate. I would focus on getting the tournament rules as close to CAL/CPL as possible for all tournaments, and (most importantly) keeping these tournaments on a RIGID schedule.
The worst competition I've ever been in is TheRush, a relatively new CS tournament structure based online, which is POORLY organized. Half the time, you didn't even know your team was up to play until 15 minutes prior to the match. For online tournaments, that is an absolute disaster.
If you change anything at any upcoming events, I would recommend simply putting a timetable to all matches.
ie. For Q3 1v1, if you have 3 servers total and plan on running 3 matches all at once, those first three matches should all be going at 12 PM CST Saturday. Estimate that they end by 12:20, and the next set of matches begin at exactly 12:30. Etc.
This way, people can plan their lunch schedule, and know precisely when they have to be at their setup logging into the server.
If a person / team is not present at their time, they have 2 minutes to show up, or they forfeit. Is that mean? Is that harsh? Is that strict? Sure it is - but the rest of us who ARE on time and around, are sick of waiting for losers to show up late and get their game together. Noone likes starting a CS tournament at 3 AM, and noone likes playing a decapitated CS tournament because the Q3 and UT2k3 players can't get their crap together beforehand.
So... in summary, I'd focus more on making this upcoming event and all future events more streamlined than looking to changing format.
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