Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Please join the Bugis K.O. Qualifiers
I really don't know how to say this without being blunt, but it must be done. To my knowledge to date (Wednesday), only 12 people have signed up for the K.O. Bugis qualifiers. That's right, only 12. It seems that many people got the impression that all the 'pros' have registered at Bugis, so they've registered for the more obscure locations at later dates. Let me give you the lowdown on the situation now, and why these people might regret not joining the first qualifier.
- Bugis has the LEAST number of registrants compared to the other locations. I'm sure I don't have to say why, but I'll just say it anyways: Everyone was trying to avoid each other at Bugis and now they've ended up together anyways at the other locations. I've seen the list, and Kallang looks like the toughest location to qualify in. Makes sense doesn't it? The most 'obscure' location has now become the hardest to qualify in. I would rather not elaborate, but I'm sure most of you get the picture by now.
- Nevertheless, there are a good number of 'pros' that have signed up for Bugis, and not all will hit top 3. I've spoken to many of them, and it is certain that they if they don't get top 3, they will sign up to compete again at the other locations. And they'll continue to do so until they can't qualify at the last qualifier (I don't know if this was mentioned elsewhere, but registrants for previous qualifiers get priority registration for later dates). With Peihoon now out of the picture and with a large pool of players in the next tier below him, I'd say chances to qualify are equal across all locations.
- With chances being equal across all locations, why not register for the FIRST location? K.O. qualifiers aren't about location, they are about timing. The last qualifier will definitely have the most players, with the spillover from previous tournaments. Therefore, it makes the most sense to register for Bugis. That way, if you make it there, you can immediately relax and spend more time preparing for the finals. If you don't, at least you have 3 more chances to qualify during later dates. What if you registered for Kallang and came in 4th? That's right, your last chance would now be at Clementi with everyone else who didn't make it for the past 3 tournaments vying for those final 3 slots.
At the end of the day, let's support the local scene and make the first qualifiers as lively as possible. Although it won't help your chances of qualifying, it might inspire others who haven't registered to register for later dates. I hope I haven't come off as too 'strong handed' in this approach to get people to register for Bugis, but I hope that after reading the points above you'll also realize how hilarious this whole situation is. C'mon, its pretty funny right? Everyone was trying to avoid everyone and wound up at the same place at the end of the day. So yea, lesson learnt. =p
So if you haven't registered, please register for the Bugis leg. If you have already registered and put in a location other than Bugis, it's not too late. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that you're switching locations.
- I just thought of this: people might read this and think "Now everyone's going to switch to Bugis so I better stay put here in AMK/Kallang/Clementi". LOL. Not again! Enough of this cat n mouse game. K.O. only comes around once a year, and after K.O. there will be NO MORE major tournaments till next May. Ok, rant over, see you guys on Saturday. =D