fun with math...NA teams...
64 teams, right? 64 teams with 3 players equals 192...roughly a hundred players have qualified after deleting duplicates...so say 24 players qualify at NSPI (actually less because of duplicates) that would only be 124 qualified players (not counting those players that can't afford to go or can't cross the border or just can't commit to those dates). 192 total spots minus 124 taken spots equals 68 available spots...68 divided by 3 equals 22 teams...so the top 22 teams from the wildcard tourney will advance...worst case scenario would be if every qualified team picked up one unqualified player which would mean that the 124 players form qualified pairs of 62 and pick up 62 unqualified players equalling 186 players total of the 192 players allowed within the 64 team capped tourney...meaning that only the top two teams from the wildcard will advance...those two teams could consist of two pairs of wildcard players and two randoms...so in the end just 4 wildcard players out of the 84 who qualified could advance.
what's funny is that if you did the original math...8 teams per tournament meaning 56 teams or 168 players could have qualified if there were no duplicates...if those 168 players formed pairs of 84 and then each pair picked up an unqualified player (adding 84 players to the mix) the total would have been 252 players...which would have surpassed the 64 team mark of 192 players by 60 players...meaning negative 60 players from the wildcard would advance.
someone with a math skills/math degree step in and state this more elegantly, hahaha,,,i majored/minored in languages/lit/linguistics/women studies...i'm a pseudo-mathnerd.