USARPS Tournament Report

World RPS Society member and World Class level player "The Saint" went to check out a recent USARPS event and provided us with a copy of his tournament report. Frankly, things are obviously much worse than we ever thought could be possible. If this tournament is indicative of their other events, player experience is obviously at the bottom of their priorities. Here is the  most telling section of the report:

The "tournament" commenced, starting with the first person that signed up, and playing one best of three against each opponent until he lost. The person that then beat him would continue down the list until he lost, giving the person who signed up last or towards the end, the best chance of winning. Upon seeing this, I gave up my obvious advantage (I had been the 2nd to last person on the 14 person list) for the love of the sport and since I noticed that the Rep could care less about what was going on, I stepped in to take over what would have been an abomination of RPS. 

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World RPS Society member and World Class level player "The Saint" went to check out a recent USARPS event and provided us with a copy of his tournament report. Frankly, things are obviously much worse than we ever thought could be possible. If this tournament is indicative of their other events, player experience is obviously at the bottom of their priorities. If you don’t have the time to read the entire report, at least scroll down to the bolded section.

 

 As I am whenever I hear of an RPS event going down, I was excited, and look forward to attending what seemed like a well organized, properly ran tournament which after several tiers of tournament play, would crown a national champion of RPS in the US. After having missed the first 4 local tournaments in my area, I was eager to attend my first one. What I had been so eager to be a part of was, to put it nicely, a let down.

My first complaint would have to start with the fact that the only reason I missed the first 4 was because of lack of ability to find out where my local events were taking place. I was aware of USARPS.com and checked it often hoping for them to post where these tournaments were being held in my area, and after putting an email in to Matti Lesham I received a response "We will be posting soon. Stay tuned." I stayed tuned, as directed, and after several days of waiting I took matters into my own hands, and with the help of another RPS enthusiast, Shawn, contacted my local Bud rep and after a few days of phone tag, was able to get the information I was seeking only to find out that due to lack of organization on the part of USARPS I had already missed 4 events.

I understand that this "tournament" is not under the direction of the World RPS Society, so I assumed it would not be as fine tuned as tournaments they run. However, I could not have been more disappointed in what I saw. Upon arriving, I saw absolutely no promotion for the event. No posters, nothing. If I hadn’t asked if it was taking place, I probably wouldn’t have even known I was at the right bar. The Bud Distributors were in the back with a sheet of paper, not announcing or notifying anyone that it was taking place, other than passing their paper to people sitting around them. When the tournament took place (an hour earlier than the time it said on the sheet I had to pull teeth to get) the rep’s lack of care or enthusiasm for the sport was more than obvious. They were there to do what they were told, and wanted it done with as soon as possible. The "tournament" commenced, starting with the first person that signed up, and playing one best of three against each opponent until he lost. The person that then beat him would continue down the list until he lost, giving the person who signed up last or towards the end, the best chance of winning. Upon seeing this, I gave up my obvious advantage (I had been the 2nd to last person on the 14 person list) for the love of the sport and since I noticed that the Rep could care less about what was going on, I stepped in to take over what would have been an abomination of RPS.

Having ran RPS tournaments before, and being an official member of the World RPS Society, and a part of the RPS Players Association, I re-organized the names into brackets, and ran the tournament best of three, best of three, giving each opponent an equal chance, as well as an opportunity to size up and evaluate their opponent, and if need be, have the opportunity to change their style adapt to another’s style of play and still have a chance at winning (an important part of showing true skill as a RPS player), rather than one best of three where reading your opponent is basically non-exist ent. In a scenario like that, luck plays a much larger roll, compared to extended RPS play.

Upon further inquiry, I found out that the way the rep was going to run the tournament had been the way that they had ran it the past 4 nights. Having that knowledge, I can only assume that in a nationwide event like this, that there would be a very large percentage of Bud Reps just like him, with little to no care for RPS as a sport, running their "tournament" in the same fashion. This gives the eventual winner, who in their own rite should be proud of their accomplishments, but ultimately means that this "tournament" as a whole is not a reputable tournament, and is not a true testament of ones ability in RPS.

Overall, I was truly disappointed in what I saw taking place before I took over. I am embarrassed to see a name like Anheuser-Busch attached to such a poorly run event of this nature. The USARPS needs to step it up, or hand the job over to a more qual ified party. Having rules for the players (which the ones they are abiding by are also an insult to RPS, vertical paper etc.) are one thing, but someone should have prepped the Reps on running a tournament as well as reffing the matches. Both absolutely mandatory when executing a well run tournament.

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