I honestly think that with the 8-team QF set-up, you're MUCH better to play the stronger group. There's no point in playing 3 easy-ish RR games and 1 difficult game, to end up first and be playing a strong 4th place team.
Challenge yourself for 2 or 3 tough games, play your easy 1 or 2 games and then go into the QF, possibly against a bit lesser opponent.
At this point, group B looks more difficult to me, although with graduations, I can't say I know enough about these teams for next year. Just general opinion would be that normally Fin>Cze, SWI>SVK, NOR<=GER
Also, group B would mean we win Bronze, so that's what I'm hoping for.
aoooo looks like Finland will be in the relegation round next year aswell
A new format will be implemented for the Top Division. The four best ranked teams from each group of the preliminary round will advance to the quarterfinals, while the last placed teams from each group will play a relegation round in a best of three format to determine the relegated team.
There is no chance of 12 teams in the A Pool next year or subsequent years? 80% in the playoffs makes the CFL look stringent.
this is a joke, makes the prelim games more meaningless. Only advantage is no bye and Canada has been hurt by not having another game to jell with the bye. I would like to see them go to the system that curling uses.
1 vs 2
3 vs 4
loser of 1-2 plays winner of 3-4 and then winner of this game plays winner of 1-2 game.
For WJCs it could be
A1 vs B1
A2 vs B2
loser of A1 vs B1 plays winner of A2 vs B2 and then winner of this game plays winner of A1 vs B1 game. Really rewards the prelims games.