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04-25-2013, 06:26 AM #18
04-25-2013, 06:36 AM #19
04-25-2013, 06:50 AM #20
04-25-2013, 07:10 AM #21
05-25-2013, 12:19 AM #22
Do they mean a second random draw, or a second draw where the World Rankings are used to determine the positions of the second-in-group teams?
If its a completely random draw, it might not be much better than the current situation! CHN WR#1 loses by accident. CHN WR#2 decides to lose as well to avoid the 25% possibility of ending up playing WR#1 (only two teams from each country really doesnt help here). Players in the other two groups desire to avoid playing either #1 or #2, so start throwing games, and it all goes horribly wrong in pretty much the same way as before!
If they use the World Rankings to reseed the second-in-groups then WR#2 has no possibility of playing the WR #1, so no problems!
Better plan: If you win your group, then the 4 teams that win their group get to pick their opponents, with the teams with the higher WR getting to choose first. This way, people are highly motivated to win their group to avoid being at the mercy of someone else's decision (most top sportspeople in a 4-year cycle OG are VERY risk-adverse). Also partially mitigates the problems caused by a particularly fearsome lower-ranked opponent (eg Lin Dan decides to make a comeback in Rio, but played very little tournaments and is ranked #20 in world). Also, if the WR#1 loses, and you win your group, you can make a real psychological tough-guy statement and pick them!
Last edited by NanoBatien; 05-25-2013 at 12:22 AM.
05-26-2013, 09:26 PM #23
Given that there is already a limit of two pairs from each nation, why not just make it a rule to keep them in separate halves? This is done for singles, the same logic should be applied to doubles.