As for feedback it is always easy to come up with criticism and ideas to improve, at the same time I would like to begin by saying thank you for everyone involved in running the World Tour and the tournaments. During the pandemic it is a great thing to have!
That said, for me, it sadly gets rather less interesting than more over time. I hardly watch any streams anymore.
Issue 1: Playing and finishing a season
The commitment of some players including some of the top players (which I am not one of anymore) is too low. There are too soft rules of how much you need to play, so weeks into a season often few matches are played and finals of the prior season are not done even when the next season is finished.
As much as admire the performances of Alex and Andrea, I probably wont watch them playing once again when I hardly remember ( ) the season.
Possible solution: 40% of the regular matches have to be played by half season, 100% by end of season. Very few exceptions, no extensions. All finals have to be played within a week after a season.
Players not doing that get a warning, players not doing that again get banned for the next season, if it happens a third time they get banned for a year. Also players not finishing should get relegated to the next lower division and not start in their prior division anymore, including top players.
Issue 2: Worlds
I know the pandemic still limits international travel which is preventing a great live event. Still, the World Championships is listed as “January 2022 TBD” and there is no word about it. Will it happen? Online or offline?
Having a shiny and attractive final event would keep me more motivated than a big question mark.
Issue 3: League and Tournaments:
Currently League is an easier way to qualify for a tournament. Two somewhat different things are intermingled. Someone mostly interested in the tournament will still sign up for the league to score points or a safer spot in the actual event despite actually not wanting to play weekly.
This set up seems unusual for individual sports. There certainly will be exceptions, but as far as I know in most sports (including individual sports) leagues are for teams and tournaments for individuals. Probably that happens for a reason.
Issue 4: Unfair qualification
This has come up in threads (@mohamed22 commented on it for example). I personally got lucky so far to avoid these matches while others have been hit very hard. What do I talk about? Unseeded athletes with world class performances - see for example Vishvaa, Naoki for Asian and also some now for the African-Europeans.
These players did not play the season and start in round one of the qualifier. But those played the qualifiers and got ranked are seeded on their performance. Instead of hoping for a fair matchup in particular for those well ranked might face an extremely strong opponent early on.
How about changing the system completely?
Lets have the league for teams (which we can call clans to align to esports)!
A team is formed of up to five people. In the weekly match against a different team, three people have to play. The match has to be played that week, no extension! Therefore top players can have a break and the team pressure will help not to lose a match by not competing completely).
Young “shooting stars” do not have to play all the leagues up but certainly will be “signed” by the top teams quickly. You might still score individual points for the Season Scores Leaderboard for individual qualification to tournaments.
The tournaments happen more separately and might include 32 instead of 16 people. I like Kevins suggestion of for example reserving half of the field for the respective region. Qualifiers could be fairer by having losers brackets. For the case of shooting stars are returning legends with no scores that would rank them, one loss against them does not end it early for you.
Memory League in general
I like to repeat my suggestion to please consider refreshing the user interface, have a way simpler registration and “onboarding” and more visual front page.
For example there could be a weekly updated short video by Hannes and others about the “forecast” for this weeks league matches or an upcoming tournament. I could see this attracting way more people to actually follow and watch events.
Due to workshops and courses I give I send a couple of hundred people per year to Memory League and very few stick, since the initial hurdle is too high to even get started and noone ever watches the top athletes battle, since they do not understand what is happening, where is the difference between league, final, qualifers, tournament, regular match etc.
Again, still amazing to have this platform and also these online events. Thank you!
I would be a dream come true to see this grow bigger, more professional and gaining the attention it deserves.