This is especially punishing regarding the tournament format. In theory, a team can play 24 games in the Wild Card and Group Stage, then lose the first series of the playoffs and get eliminated. Therefore, they receive $0 despite playing up to 27 games in the Major in total.
Congratz TP for playing so good, now face Team Secret!
Thunder Predator's performance is a good example of the unfair distribution. The South American squad fought their way through the Group Stage, finishing on an amazing 12-2 score. Their insanely promising potential could be crushed again very quickly though, as they were seeded against Team Secret in the playoffs. If they lose this series, drop to the Lower Bracket and lose another time, their 12-2 performance will not be rewarded.
To clarify guys, i'm not flaming TP.— Kyle Freedman (@keepingitKyle) March 30, 2021
The point is that the #1 seed out of groups is now playing vs the #1 seed in the world, and that their group stage performance earned them ultimately zero dollars and zero bracket advantage and I'm just not sure how I feel about that!
It is also important to remember that teams pay travel expenses themselves. Several organisations were quite reluctant to travel to the Major during a pandemic due to safety and health concerns.
Thunder Predator traveled from SA for like 40 hours, in a pandemic, have gone 12-2 against the top 6th-13th teams and yet if they lose against the widely regarded 'best team in the world' and another single bo3, they walk home with $0 and 0 DPC points.— Ben Steenhuisen (@Noxville) March 30, 2021
Utterly ridiculous imo. https://t.co/LlGlXZNgPZ
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