I wanted to share an idea about making attractive tournaments.
(1) Some people would play if it means they have a chance to climb some top player board
(2) Competitive players playtest on ptcgo a lot. They want to face very good players.
(3) On the other hand many people want the thrill of tournaments but don't want to face top players because it's disheartening.
So you could have three types of tournaments:
( a ) tournaments with low stakes (coins or 1 ticket) and low rewards attractive to kids and casual players but not to competitive players, e.g. the winner picks a card in a list. Perhaps theme-only.
( b ) 4-tickets tournaments. If the win rate is high enough we are eligible to enter the top level tournaments (I guess theme doesn't count).
( c ) top level tournaments. E.g. entry 8 tickets, win 1 match and get 4 back, 2 and get 8, win and get 16, on top of some packs. The point is that top players shouldn't lack tickets. Also there's a program that grants players with a good score at major play pokemon events a bunch of tickets to increase the odds of real life top players participating.
So top level is a kind of world-wide permanent tournament. It is reset whenever a new set is released. The top 100 is then frozen in a hall of fame, e.g. forbidden light hall of fame. I guess rewards should include tickets, packs/nice cards and cosmetic items (possibly untradable) for bragging rights.
One difficulty is the formula for assessing the respective ranks of players that may play in different time frames and never meet. Playing a lot shouldn't automatically increase the rank. This sounds like it's a well-known math problem, hopefully with a good solution. You could offer some players to play outside their usual time frame for increased rewards if this would help.
(1) I just want to convey a general idea, any details I give are just to make my idea concrete and are not meant to be taken literally
(2) This does NOT mean to adress the lacking tickets issue other users have mentioned. I don't know how this idea would impact that issue.
Edited by SingingFlyEx, 10 March 2018 - 06:27 PM.