I like most of the changes except for that goofy double elimination bracket and the rules for games going to time.
First, I shouldnt need to bring a calculator to a tournament to figure out my score.
Second, the winner of the winner bracket will sit 2-3 rounds while his opponent for the finals is determined.
Third, the winner of the winner bracket is up a game and the finals could be a single game.
The finals should not be a single game. I just think they are giving the winner of the winner bracket too much of an advantage over his finals opponent.
TGO, I understand where you are coming from. I don't care much for the use of decimals and wild calculations to determine a winner in a timed game, but you have to end it sometime. Maybe untimed finals might be for the best. However, untimed games in a double elimination bracket might call for players and judges to bring pillows and sleeping bags because it could take awhile.
As for your point of contention with the person who succeeds in the double-elim bracket having too much of an advantage - I come from the approach that such a player should have a monumental advantage over his opposition. While the rest of the players were losing games and struggling to stay alive in the bracket, this winner was unscathed. As such, he should be rewarded when it comes to him playing an opponent with a loss in the bracket.
I'm interested to see how this plays out at GenCon. I don't think it will be as bad as some folks believe it will be.