While competing in the Olympics for the last 3 years, I have noticed there has been low turnout on some months for a few leagues like Canay and Bgy. There is ALWAYS LOW turnout for Lity and Pooly. However for every Olympic player, they could just register, show up and play regardless !!
In the Leagues that REQUIRE a partner, there has NEVER been a Problem getting a partner in Euchy or Pinoy, since there are ALWAYS regular league members showing up and WILLING to team up with the Olympic players, and support their league in this Major Event !!
However this month's event in Spady was ABSURD
For at least 6 months, it takes several attempts to enter the room using the tourney page link, and some people resort to using backdoors. Every month, there are complaints about getting into the room. This could be part of the reason for low turnout.
Since DOUBLING of the Entry fee to Olympic tourneys, Ive seen quite a number of comments in the Lobbies of nearly every League holding an Olympic event about how
the Olympics are ONLY for RICH Eliters
while I was waiting for the Oly to start. This could also be part of the reason for low turnout.
I figure that I have lost between 100 and 150 matches because of a lack of Sub to be found and having to forfeit in Spady tourneys over the years. That was NOT a problem at all for the Spady Oly Event this month !! I got into the lobby after 4 tries, 40 minutes before the start time. However there were NO spady members there to team up with. One Olympic regular had already quit trying and dropped from the Spady event and didnt bother to enter the last event of the day. By the time the Event was to start there were 2 players and maybe a third waiting in the lobby for the tourney to start, so that they could register as a Sub. This is a normal occurrence for high entry tourneys in every league. I have seen the Vultures circling in the lobby and waiting for the official start, so that they can Sub register for years.
Now since only 3 complete teams were entered, those team members were REWARDED by rule with the high points normally given to finals and semi finalists of 6, 8 and 11 points.
I CERTAINLY understand the reasoning of having a Partner Select tourney in a high stakes tourneys, so that people can avoid being stuck with someone that is clueless on how to play the game as a partner.
IN THEORY, the Olympics are an event where anyone and everyone gets a chance to COMPETE on a LEVEL playing field. This is NOT the case now with this situation in Spady, where ONLY a few that get a partner can EVEN ENTER and then are RICHLY REWARDED !!
Should I EXPECT to be HANDICAPPED and of being SHUT OUT on a monthly basis in an event in league, where there are SO FEW active members willing to support the Olympics ??