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Right again, to Burn. Planning for the possibility is a must. Same with game design. You have to code the software to work even for idiots, who think it's cool to do everything you're *not* supposed to do. It's a pain in the rear, but you have to do it.
As for a WC3 tournament - I think that's a no go from the very start. If the MWGL officially sponsors one, they can get into serious trouble with Blizzard. Regardless of your views on ethics and morality, playing it at this point is illegal. Your welcome to play it as far as I'm concerned-- but for the MWGL to sponsor a tournament for it and award prizes... *shrug*
It sounds to me as if the last CS tournament was almost cut off short-- again. I've only been to two MWGL's. Both were scheduled to have CS tournaments (by far the highlight of the event, if you looked at enrolled figures), and only one ended up having one. This was a 3v3 CS tournament, and the team I brought stole the title from the infamous [HE], comprised of CK3 (which split with some members going to X3 later), and other 1337 players. Sadly, halfway through the tournament, due to time constraints, the rules were changed to hasten the pace.
At the second one I attended (Squirre1's b-day - w00d!), the CS tournament was cancelled near the end of the event, again due to time constraints.
Now I'm way cool with both of those events, and I consider them among the top-rated LAN's I've attended. I had a blast, and I met some truly awesome (both in personality and talent). I can't *wait* for the next one, regardless of the way it is run or the tournaments (if ANY) it has. But, if you plan on running tournaments at the next (or any others in the future), I would advise looking thoroughly into a time schedule and sticking to it. The CS tournament was shortened/cancelled at those events, not because the CS tournament was going slow, but because the previous tournaments dragged on. Push ALL tournaments-- not just the last, and especially not just the favorite. Come up with a list of tournaments you want to host, plot out the time schedule, and pull out the cow-prods.
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