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Re: too many random tournies these days bear_music     3/17/2002 09:19

Before we had the random seed option in tourney creation, we were deluged with complaints from players who always seemed to face the same opponents in the early rounds, tourney after tourney. The complaints came not only from low-seeded players who had to face the top seed in round one, but from top-seeded players who were tired of playing the same people over and over again. This was particularly a problem in non-prime time tourneys, where the same core group of people would meet every day to play.

For a long time EliteLeague management was reluctant to address this issue, not because they were insensitive to the desires of the players, but because it represented a considerable programming hassle to make random seeds a viable option. That they DID eventually act to give us random seeds is a measure of how much demand there was for them.

If the random seed is used for no more than half of the tourneys, and if it is most often used in non-premium tourneys, then it is being used the way it was designed to be implemented.

In a league like pool, which is 100% skill-based (in all of Elite games only wordy and pool are like this) I think the random seed is an extremely viable option. Rating seeds can be very disheartening to new members who have no rating and thus are consistently paired against the superstars in the first round of every tourney they enter.

It is in the interests of the pool league, and therefore of all players in it, to have new recruits enjoy their experience in Elite, and that's hard to do if you are being knocked out of every tourney in the first round by someone who is just so good he's almost unbeatable.

So, I would say to all pool players in the superstar status, if you are as good as your rating says you are, you ought not care who you play in the first round. If you get paired against another hotshot, well, you'd have had to face him sooner or later anyway, right? And if a less-experienced player manages to survive to the finals, again you'd have had to eliminate him sooner or later, right? So be glad he got there! Encourage him! Tell him how great he's doing!

It's all in the interests of the league. We would LOVE it if all players could achieve a "global perspective", not look at things as whether THEY like them but whether they are good for the league as a whole.

Good shooting, friend! Rack 'em up!

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