I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on how qualifying contests that are longer than a month should be handled. Contests such as the Mechanic Creator's Contest, Magic Wars, or Design Idol might take significantly more than a month. Do we want to allow these contests to contribute points and invites to the Invitational? I see a couple of options:
1. Only the MCC, DCC, CCL, and monthly Flamingo games qualify people.
2. Long-format games qualify more people, at a rate of roughly one per month of length. So if we run Magic Wars for two months, the top 2 finishers could qualify. Should everyone else receive double points?
3. Long-format games qualify one winner, points the same as any monthly contest.
Should there be a limit on the number of long-format games run per season? This depends somewhat on how long they actually are, we could support say three two month games, run one at a time, or maybe allow a couple to go on simultaneously, but stagger the entry periods somewhat to allow people to pick them up, starting mid-month for example to avoid overlapping with the beginning and end of the monthly games.
My vote is for Option 1, but possibly awarding pro points for the longer-form games without offering guaranteed qualifiers. But also possibly not. I don't want there to be so many point-awarding or spot-awarding games that the only players who make it are those with the most free time. I don't mean that condescendingly or negatively — I just think the current system does a good job of giving people equal shot, and of offering enough variety.
4 MQ games x 6 month season = 24 spots, which equal exactly enough spots to qualify. Obviously there will be some redundancy with winners, but IF there isn't, where would fit in 6 more spots if we ran three 2 month contests? My opinion is that these contests should only effect the pro points (which really only matter for the Card Maker of the Year trophy). The pro points should be doubled since the contests are much longer, which will normally lead to the same outcome anyways of awarding a place in the Pro Tour if there are overlaps with winners.
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This doesn't seem to account for the judging points. Has that been decided yet? Also, I think it would be beneficial for the organizers and player base to see which contests have been incorporated into the scores ie.
Player of the Year standings here! (Updates = Strikethrough: MCC February, CCL February, DCC February, CF February):