First of all: Congrats to Sean Loeb. You destroyed in the finals with ending it quickly with David Starr. You earned that win in the top 16.
The rule: In a top cut, there can only be one of each competitor. If multiple players with the same competitor have strength of schedule(SOS) to qualify for the cut, the player with the best SOS qualifies and the other player is cut. Top cut then continues with the next best SOS. This process continues until all competitors in the top cut are unique.
We just watched a Final in Cleveland where Southern Belle went undefeated and lost to a 3-3 David Starr piloted by Sean Loeb. Sean only qualified for top cut due to the diversity rule.
The spirit of this rule is twofold: A) It creates a realistic wrestling experience in the top cut as we wouldnt see multiple John Cenas at Wrestlemania. And B) This battles the issues of a single deck build dominating the meta landscape.
The Good: It is effective at battling the meta domination of a single deck. In Magic, you can have the same 2 decks battling it out in every final.
The Bad: You have players that played really well that qualified for top cut, only to be bumped out by Diversity.
The Ugly: You can have someone who played middle of the road the entire day get put into the top cut and can win the entire thing.
I come down on the side of the arguement for diversity for 2 reasons. First, It is very effective at combating meta and net-decking. We would see multiple EC3s and Immortal Warriors in most tournament top cuts with out it. Secondly, it makes the overall flavor of this game and its competitve enviorment feel like it is an “Any Given Sunday” event for any player in the event. Keeping the flavor of the game from the core of the cards, all the way to the top of the competitve scene.
Someone could run down the ramp out of the back and pin the crowd favorite for the win.
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