It's obvious that the coin entry tournaments - used to collect tickets - has now been completely removed from the game. The only way now to get tickets is to grind and pray the magical wheel lands on a ticket, or to fork out money to the Pokemon company.
I really hoped this was a joke, or a short-term tournament system being trialled to introduce new packs, but it seems to be a permanent change. If so, the lack of coin entry tournaments has reduced the game to a micro-transaction riddled pay-to-win platform that serves no purpose other than a money-draining machine. An enormous segment of the game is now inaccessible to casual (yet loyal) users.
This is a really disappointing move by the company. Ticket purchases were always an option, but now they've become mandatory if you actually wish to compete in tournaments. The alternative grinding is not worth the payout, since the randomness of obtaining a single ticket per match is so low.
This is a sad and disappointing move that drains the game of its enjoyment, fairness, and usability. Micro-transactions targets only a small subset of hardcore paying players and blatantly severs the rest of its users from the platform.
Without coin entry tournaments, I can't see a reason to keep playing.