STARFIRE wrote:So if someone doesn't have a rating they HAVE to play Advanced? This could turn away a lot of beginners. I have friends that want to play but aren't willing to pay to lose in Advanced when they are Rec players.
You are correct. If you don't have a rating you either have to play in Advanced or Open. Letting someone choose which division they want to play in kind of defeats the purpose of the rating system. It only takes 1 round at almost any local event to have a rating. I'd say there is a good chance your friends may already have a rating. And if not then they haven't played any area events for almost 2 years and most likely never. If at their very first event they expect to come out winning I'd say there is something wrong with the thinking. Here's another way to look at it. If we didn't use the ratings system and your friends are truly Rec players then they probably would lose anyways due to people sandbagging or playing in the wrong division.