I was playing with the numbers a little this morning, and I guess we could change the points so that we start counting from 2 in both, Premiers and Slams. This would lessen the "effect of the first two rounds" brought out by Sam, but it wouldn't lessen the importance of those events that much. This way it would be:
- a maximum of 177 points at a 32-draw IS event
- a maximum of 343 points at a 64-draw Premier event
- a maximum of 594 point at a Grand slam
...with the maximum amount of points won in the first two rounds of a slam at about 39% of the total.
I'd like to have another discussion on this. As I said earlier, the main thing in a ranking system really isn't how many points you can possibly score, but the difference between pickers.
For the Slams, for example, you get 10 times more points for simply remembering to submit, than finishing 17th and beating half the field. The scale ends up at something like 370 - 320 - 270 - 270 - etc.
In Internationals it's not quite that bad (and they don't really count as your top-16 unless you finish in the bonus points anyway), but it's still something like 5-6 times the number of points for remembering to submit.
I suggest that ranking points should instead be calculated as 'points-above-50 %'. For each tournament, you need to pick 50 % correct in order to get ranking points - bonus points would be included.
There would still be a reward for submitting, as we usually get somewhere between 65 and 70 % of picks correct, but I think this would be a fairer reflection of the difference between the picks, and also reward the larger draws more.
This could be combined with starting to count from 2 points in every tournament - getting an upset final correct would give you even more of a ranking boost under this system, so starting from 2 even in Internationals would help, and still give most weight to the larger tournaments.
The maximum points:
29 + bonus in Internationals
60 + bonus in Premiers (64-draw)
108 + bonus in 96-draws
124 + bonus in Grand Slams (128-draw)
If you start the count from 2 in each tournament:
44 + bonus in Internationals
92 + bonus in 64-draw Premiers
155 + bonus in 96-draw Premiers
187 + bonus in Grand Slams (128-draw)