The spectator experience was really good, watching top teams play each other back to back to back with money on the line felt pretty exciting, but as a player it wasn't very fun.
The open groups didn't appear to have any seeding in them (with the number of mix teams and players, somewhat understandable) but what it lead to was having groups that are made up of 6 open teams, a mid team and like a div1 team chucked in there. in almost all of the groups there was instantly one team that was a clear favourite to make it to the ro16, leading to all other games being effectively useless if you couldnt beat a team that might be 2 or 3 divisions above yours, while dominating and stomping teams that are in far lower divisions than yourself.
I personally didn't mind not making it out of the groups as the team that only lost to the div1 team, but when all the other games are either default wins, 4v6 because no one shows up or just 5 minute 5-0 stomps because of the skill disparity, no one really gains anything and the prospect of using the cup as training/scrims for the regular season also just doesn't apply anymore.
after spending hours and hours on waiting for opponents and the next round to start only for it to all be meaningless anyways because only the top1 team makes it out of the group anyways makes you genuinly feel cheated for your time, especially considering that throughout the whole day, 80% of games played by most teams were just 5-0s anyways.