I think that its fair to miss one round - people do have to go on holidays and stuff. But you can;t miss 2 in a row....
If you want to miss only 1 round (and not pull out) then you will be the loser of that round (zero wins) and be demoted. (but no games are created so not loss of skill points). That way - only 1 other player will be demoted.
If 2 people want to miss 1 round - then they both lose that round - not other player get demoted
If 3 players want to miss one round -then the 2 playrs with the least points in the tournament will be demoted because they will be judged to be lower that the other player (based on the count back system - no wins, no turn - then it goes on points).
IF ANY player pulls outof the tournament - then they will be demoted FIRST.
So if 1 player want to pull out for 1 week and 2 players want to pull out forever - then the player who pulls out for 1 week will NOT be demoted.
If 3 player pull pull out FOREVER, then 3 players must be promoted to make up the numbers in the higher ranks. THAT Is the only way to get more that 2 players demoted / promoted.
SO the big question is should the last players in division 1 (snakedad and Optis) keep their position or be demoted.
I think that if you come last or second last - then you should get demoted. Considering that snakedad did not even finish a game I am not sure if he even wants to keep playing.
As for Optis, not sure. With Snakedad, Morn and Storm pulling out - should he stay? Plus I probably can't give a non biased opinions because I can benefit from this decision.
BUT here is my take on it......
1. The rules say the bottom 2 will be demoted. (Rules is Rules)
2. Position 8 in pool 1 only gets 4 points - and there are 5 players in division 2 with more points in the tournament - so I would say the top division should made up of players with the most points
be the players who stayed in the comp.
BUT - Players like me (who only got 5th) probably don't deserve a free ride into the top division either....
SO I am happy with either decision.
With 3 player pulling out of 1st division (Morn, Storm and Snakedad) the top 3 in division 2 should move up. If you also move the 8th place (Optis) down - as per the rules - then 4th place (Cujo/Pitor tied for 3rd and 4th) - in division 2 should also move up to keep the number at 9.
Where it gets really hard is that Cujo will also pull out of division 2.... so that leaves at least 4 (or 5) player leaving the division - plus the botton 2 as well.... It just will just get worse down the lower divisions.
Sort it out however you think is best Tiger, its your tournament. I will be happy to be promoted but have I really earnt it. - ?????... Probably not Has Optis earnt the right to stay in 1st division??? Probably not ... (sorry optis - no offence).
If its a choice between me or him - then I will leave it up to the umpire to make the final call and will not complain either way. Either of us will be very lucky to be in first division and with luck will give the front runners a good run for their money