Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
2012 NAH Qualifying system and whatnot
Now that Ben Schicago has gone and gotten married I am hijacking this operation. No, not really. I do want to maybe start a discussion about 2012 and qualifying for the NAH and further worlds, as it is almost November.
I am just going to make a few suggestions. These are only my ideas and thoughts, in no way reflect anything other than one person's opinions.
I think our idea of qualifying through a regional system is flawed. If anything, teams should have to qualify in multiple qualifiers or some sort of points system. I know this is going to make things more and more complicated, but it is really the only way to give the proper how many ever spots NA teams get for worlds, let alone the teams in the NA championships. Perhaps one in each region. The next move is to get rid of the internet race for registration. This should be handled based on teams who qualify for these. This can be done with smaller, more in-region one-day tournaments or something. This could decide each region's x amount of spots to send to the NA qualifying tournaments. This would allow newer players to experience tournament play, and even offer the chance to play in a NA qualifying tournament. The point system might have to be done on an individual player basis, seeing as teams are often poly-regional and often play with different combinations of players.
I know nobody really wants to think about this giant fucking headache, but I think it will all go smoother if we start now.