Randomness and rolls don't tell the entire story. Look at recent winners of this event in particular. All 800+ Fargo Rate.Shane is playing the best game of his life yet he didn't make past the 16th round, this goes to show you that what I've been saying for yrs is true. This game is mostly about randomness and rolls.
It doesn't matter if you're at a skill of 10/10 or 9.5/10 or even 8/10 - an 8/10 can beat the 10/10 player if things go well, I don't want to use the letter for grading players because I don't want to get into the dilemma of AAA++ and A,B,C like the other thread. All I am saying here that if levels of players are at pro level or almost-like-pro, its a tossup depending on rolls with the player himself or rolls against his opponent.
Ill repeat, Shane is playing flawlessly and he was beat by a decent player but not his level also not to mention his tilted awkward head and stance (His opponent), I didn't watch the match but properly everything went with that player and most things went against Shane, anyway the game is mostly about randomness of what happens in the set itself.
Lets not start on long races, thanks.
Ko Pin Yi: 818
The runner-ups were also 800+.
SVB (twice): 828
Of course, given the remaining field, we are likely to see a sub-800 winner for the first time in a long time (no idea what Thorsten or Darren's Fargos were when they won in 2013 and 2012).
It seems that being 800+ skill level is the best way to ensure you at least get a fair shake at taking home the title, but it's no guarantee.