We faced our toughest quals lineup we’ve ever seen at Greater KC this weekend, facing #1 seed twice (and never with), and #2 seed twice (and once with). In fact, our first match was against #2 + #3, and our second match was #1 + #2. And it was 36 teams with 12 quals matches each.
To be clear, I’m not posting this to whine. We performed amazingly well even though we still ended up #23 of #36, owing not just to the lineup, but bad luck (6 out of 12 matches, we were a bot down in some way), and the fact we had no hab 3 climb (our own decision and our own fault). But I can say that our lineup wouldn’t have been fair to anyone and I wouldn’t want to see any other team face it either.
However, I’m 100% behind a static pre-generated set of quals matches with teams randomly slotted in. Especially if these are calibrated to be well balanced. I think it would work out best for everyone.