Permzillai heard that the only reason this happened was because of low signups (for high), can anyone confirm?
Interested to know if this was a forced change or an intentional one
It's been on my mind for a good while to do this change as there was a really noticeable difference with how the fixtures are generated towards the end of the season and how teams potentially could unfairly get to playoffs due to default wins or bye weeks (Very unlikely however due to Tiebreaker score giving teams with default wins the worse score), more so than in Mid or Open tier even.
The low signup numbers for High did force out for us to do something different than a regular Swiss System but instead of making them all into 3 High groups that would run in Round Robin, and to make playoffs within those really hard to do, we opted to rather divide the top High and regular High teams apart from each other to give teams an incentive to climb the divisions once again like in the past.
But to answer your question, we would have done this change at some point in this year anyways for sure, but the low signup numbers for High now gave us a chance to release it out earlier.
yak404Does this mean wildcards are back?????
There have been no wildcards for Premiership either in the past 3 years, so neither are there any for Divisions. Instead of wildcards, teams have been requesting admins to allow extensions to their matches but we have wanted to keep this as something that only Premiership teams could do within actual reasons to be unavailable to play. Exceptions may occur, but do not expect anymore to play your Week 2 officials while other teams are playing Week 5 matches.