Thx to the Royal team for putting on the event. It's great to have a setup like this that balances the line between casual/competitive quite well, the number of sign ups showed a lot of people like the format and provides the opportunity to those who wouldn't necessarily get to play or want to play in another tournament. Especially when you consider it cost money to enter.
Next time hopefully some more big names are encouraged to play (not that it needs it) but it would help smooth over the draft and adds some interest. I think people were a little hesitant about getting into frustrating situations but if you approach it with a different take to a regular 1v1 ESOC event and get into the right headspace then it's a lot of fun.
If there's another one down the line maybe something should be added for sign up transparency e.g 'you must list any accounts you've played on in the past' as there were quite a few sleepers on the list? The current drafting system sort of works because i) of the opaque anonymity of the sign ups and ii) the uneven skill curve. As transparency of sign-ups increases and skill curve smoothed (more high level players signing up) then it may need to move to a snake draft.
tourny champs bois!