Originally Posted by b.termite
So I'm a bit confused still... Is entering a level 3 tournament pretty much guaranteeing you to lose early on?
Level 3 in California is a Sectional championship. Usually it's by invite or pre-qualified ranking. Basically they have reserved spots for the top players, then the rest of the spots are assigned based on ranking. So let's say there are 128 spots open, the top 128 ranked players are automatically qualified, but not all are going to enter, though most do. Some because of injury or whatever excuse can't play. So the rest of the spots are open to the 129th, 130th, etc... ranked players, until all spots are filled.