Is this an exciting Worlds? Is it a worldly Worlds?

Amidst the various discussions surrounding the recently announced changes to organized play, Jon Loucks asked a fun question:

“What would last year’s Worlds have looked like under the new system?”

I started to work on this one, then realized that this requires tallying lots of PWP totals across all the pro events for the year. That’s just too much work. However, the 2010 Pro Point totals remain a reasonable proxy for what 2010 PWP totals would have been. It’s only an approximate proxy, since the two systems differ in their relative weighting of GPs and PTs.

However, here’s how it might have broken out:

Note that in answering a question below, I realized I did this wrong the first time. The 2010 Pro Point totals I used included Worlds 2010…which we wouldn’t have if we were picking players for 2010 Worlds. Oops. Mea culpa. I’ll keep the incorrect stuff below the cut, but I’m going to replace it with a more accurate take now.

Event-based invites

Andre Coimbra (2009 World Champion)
Carlos Romao (2010 MTGO World Champion)
Simon Gortzen (PT San Diego winner)
Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa (PT San Juan winner)
Paul Rietzl (PT Amsterdam winner)

Regional invites

Brad Nelson (North America)
Martin Juza (Europe)
Shuuhei Nakamura (Japan)
Tzu Ching Kuo (Asia Pacific)
Mario Flores (Latin America)

Notably, I really had to dig down in the Pro Point list to hit the next player from that region after PV.

Ranking invites

Luis Scott-Vargas
Yuuya Watanabe
Brian Kibler
Kyle Boggemes
Marijn Lybaert
Josh Utter-Leyton

So that would be your prospective World Championship 16. That’s not a bad set of players, although one does feel for the presumably somewhat outclassed Mario Flores.

Some other notes on this putative World Championship talent pool:

6 Americans
4 Europeans
2 Japanese
1 APAC
3 Latin American

What do you think? Watchable? Fun? A true “world” championship?

Note: Here was my original, incorrect list.

Event-based invites

Andre Coimbra (2009 World Champion)
Carlos Romao (2010 MTGO World Champion)
Simon Gortzen (PT San Diego winner)
Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa (PT San Juan winner)
Paul Rietzl (PT Amsterdam winner)

Regional invites

Brad Nelson (North America)
Guillaume Matignon (Europe)
Shuuhei Nakamura (Japan)
Jeremy Neeman (APAC)
Mario Flores (Latin America)

Notably, I really had to dig down in the Pro Point list to hit the next player from that region after PV.

Ranking invites

Martin Juza
Guillaume Wafo-Tapa
Luis Scott-Vargas
Yuuya Watanabe
Josh Utter-Leyton
Brian Kibler

5 thoughts on “Is this an exciting Worlds? Is it a worldly Worlds?

  1. If your list was the top 16 it seems pretty awesome. Although aren’t they PWP-based for regions now? Presumably we would see more SCG grinders in the top 16 similar to the results from your CFB article. I mean Alex Bertoncini probably was a lock last year too.

  2. Qualification for the new World Championship is based on your Professional PWP totals, rather than just Competitive PWP totals. The only things that factor into the Professional PWP score are PTs and GPs. Otherwise, yeah, Bertoncini would be a total lock for it.

  3. Losing both Guillaumes would bump Martin Juza into the European Regional invite, and would add Marijn Lybaert and Lucas Blohon to the ranking invites.

    Of course, saying that, I think this is actually wrong-ish overall, since the POY results I’m using include people’s Worlds results. Hm. I’ll have to recheck that and provide an updated list.

  4. Hello,

    I know that this isn’t the right place to ask what I’ll ask. Sorry.

    Can you send a e-mail to me explaining how to use the cluster 3.0? just the very beggining, it can be really simplified just to not take your time.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my english.

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