ether_didnt mustard list cleanbuddies as a team playing in qualifiers
Scream's point is that the tony team has players with Invite experience, comparable to or even moreso than the manacute team. In mustard's list, the latter is (in his eyes) worthy of not needing to play the qualifiers, while the former isn't. So if RGL decides to thin the pool early by having certain teams bypass the need for qualifiers, it leads to more case-by-case decisions or admin discretion, and we've seen how that has played out before in past decisions.
It'll be "interesting" to see how they go about this process for sure. I'm personally just amazed we have an overabundance of teams wanting to play Invite for two seasons in a row. It's been a loooooooooong time since that's happened, so keep up the good work everyone. And may the best teams in the qualifiers win.
Edit: Look back to last season for example. There's no telling how the original Burnsiders would've done in Invite, but they lost during qualifiers and thus their chance. And of course the whole pootis.org / Rebirth death and resurrection, and that team skipping qualifiers. This current offseason is basically that but on a grander scale with more teams and more time, of which these can be both positive and negative.