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Great writeup, thanks
The Tournament Format
It’s not often that I use this word in my posts but I’d call the format perfect. The races were to nine for the first two days, moved on to eleven on days three and four, and races were to eleven in Stage 2, excepting the race to thirteen final.
It’s no secret that I love the multi-stage format in which you basically get two different tournaments. The first tournament is double elimination to pare the field down to sixteen players and the second is a single elimination tournament to crown a champion. I’m pleased to say that the unconscionable methodology of seeding Stage 2 by WPA ranking, which was used at the World 10-ball, was not utilized here, and those who had lost a match drew randomly against those who went undefeated in Stage 1.
I thought it Stage 1 format was big strange -Day 1 and 2 were race to 9 while Day 3 and 4 were race to 11. i don't recall any double elim stage 1 with 2 different race lengths. Day 3 and 4 had less deadmoney so I suppose longer races in Day 3 and 4 was to minimise top players getting eliminated early