Hello again 6P! NAIC just finished and we had a very interesting tournament all around. Sadly though, attendance decreased at the event for the first time since the International Championships were first introduced. I would attribute this to a couple of factors, with the most important being the high Championship Points bar for the World Championships invite in North America, along with the late announcement of the necessary CP.
With that in mind, I think the best solution would be this: the North American International should be the first International Championship of the season. It should coincide with whatever new set comes out in November, and with the high attendance plus Regionals, it will inject a high amount of CP into the player base that will then encourage players to chase for an invite by traveling more. As it is right now, NAIC is the tournament to close out your invite if you had a decent enough season, looking at it as if it’s your last chance. However, if you start the season with those Top 128 or Top 256 CP, that would be a huge morale boost to keep pushing at more events to close it out.
Anyway, that was just a small thought I had that would perhaps help mitigate the stunted growth we saw this season, versus the previous one where numbers seemed to skyrocket.
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