windu34 wrote: Unome wrote:
MIT is, has always been, and probably will always be the best invitational in the country. I don't think Wright State will lose many teams from last year, though, since most of the teams that go there are from the Midwest anyway. All the top teams that went there last year probably will again.
While I agree that MIT is currently far and away the most competitive, and probably equal with Golden Gate in quality, I wouldn't make any judgements as to "always". Several tournaments have rose and fell in popularity (relatively speaking) since the dawn of long-distance invitational travel.
I would disagree and say Golden Gate was superior in quality. The tests are reviewed EXTREMELY extensively by their test committee and nearly all if not all events are run by alumni. Golden Gate didnt quite have the nationals turnout that MIT did last year, but GG was new and I would expect that to level out after a year or two
I definitely second what windu says about GGSO. To me, it was at the very least on par with MIT in terms of quality, if not better. Competing at GGSO was an amazing experience
MIT is still much better in terms of the competitiveness of the teams going. However, this is something I don't think GGSO (or any other invitational) will be able to overtake anytime soon, as MIT is such an established tournament.
Honestly, the only other thing I think GGSO is worse at than MIT is the cost - travelling to the Bay Area is much more expensive. Simple things like water bottles are like $4 each while at a Costco in Texas I can get a pack of 40 for the same price. There's nothing GGSO can do about something like that though
Overall, GGSO was one of the best tournaments I've ever been to in terms of quality. I'd love to go back next year if we were allowed to