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It does seem pretty obvious from the collection of previous posts that it is impossible please everyone.
I do agree that finding opps can be difficult when more are in a different time zone. This time 4 players were in est and 6 were closer to euro time(probably easier for me harder for Kevin this time round).
As Svet said there's no solution to this.
Gathering tourneys are a very good idea.
Eds is designed to be the best test for bg players, decreasing the length of game isn't going to help. Learning to be patient, taking/dropping single points, learning how to handle the cube properly is part of the skill of the game. If it goes to 5 points I for one won't be playing.
If fitting all the games into every period is difficult, why not decrease the number of competitors in each division rather than decrease the length of games. Say 7/8 players in each division, with only 2 up/down. Or 5/6 players with 1 up/down. Making it a proper elite division system. Bg eds will always take longer than any other card/pool games eds thatís simply the nature of the game. In other games players don't have to choose to be either a tourney player or eds player. Decreasing the number of players merely acknowledges this fact. As most tds would readily point out, if eds players weren't committed to playing 9 long eds matches each period, along with weeklongs, they would be free to play in longer point tourneys.
As to 11 points not having increased players it brought Kevin and I back. If you would rather have 5/7 pointers why bother with eds? It takes most of the good players away from playing in longer length tourneys. Why not just abandon eds altogether and hold more longer point tourneys. At the moment(even with the decrease to 3 player tourneys) we don't have a fraction of the tourneys we used to have. We have more 1 pointers/hots than proper length tourneys. The league can no longer seriously be called a 24/7 league, this current state of affairs does nothing to attract new players.
Simply put, we no longer have any where near enough players playing regularly enough to hold both 10 player(division eds) and longer length tourneys. The decrease in the number of tourneys we have each day( long before the switch to 11 point eds) has been plain for all to see, and this has in no way been due to the lack of hard work on behalf of all our td's( sorry if it doesn't get mentioned enough that we appreciate all you guys!!). Without some changes that reflect that bg is not satisfying only as a short form of the game, the league will continue to decrease.
Without reopening the whole 'hots issue' why not 3 ,3,3 on the hour and 1,1,1 on the half hour, saying they take to long doesn't really cut it, any td not having time for a 3,3,3 doesn't have to open it. As I've seen plenty of 'hots' tds hosting for a couple of hours. Because as I said bg, to many players, is not satisfying as only a short game, with no chance to use the cube!! This is not a facet of the game that any other card/pool game has. Taking it away how are we any better than 101 players?
Well thatís my 2 cents worth(and a bit more!!). Interested in other's thoughts.