Thread: WJC: New format next year
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12-12-2012, 01:32 PM
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I'm obviously in the minority but I'm not a huge fan of this. 6 teams in the playoffs is enough in a tournament like this where there is a fairly wide talent gap. I think a 6-team playoff is just right and also places an importance on how you perform in the round robin. The undefeated round robin gets you the bye and you get to play a team that played the day before in the QF's. Now it won't be a big deal if a perennial powerhouse like a Canada loses a game in the round robin because they'll get, in all likelihood, to play a Switzerland/Slovakia in the QF's which is typically a pretty easy W in this tournament.

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