Let's say only 12 teams have signed up by the time the bracket is randomized. That leaves 4 bye spots. If it happens that a great team like Speeders signs up late (as they sometimes wait until the last day anyway), there is no incentive for any team with a bye to allow them to play. Now 12 great players miss out on Ladle, and everyone feels like the event was a little hollow.Concord wrote:There's no advantage to signing up early.
Absurd scenario you say? Not everyone who plays this game knows a week in advance if they will be around for Ladle. And I still think there will be massive edit wars. So-and-So claiming "hey I talked to Member-X of your team and they said it was Ok to switch" when in reality no such conversation can be tracked down in a log anywhere.
I shudder to think about all the messed up negotiating that will happen in the week before Ladle and the panicky edits in the last few hours as teams join forces and gang up on other teams. It sounds like you should just go play Diplomacy instead.
Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting idea. I'm not speaking against it as much as trying to expose potential problems to address. But I'm guessing if there were issues with this type of system when only 8 teams played Ladle, I can't imagine it being better with 16.