First of all I want to start off by saying this is an amazing concept, I feel like it wasn't thought out fully enough from the players perspective. Here are the problems I see with it.
This is the main problem with moving up to Pro. It is even stated in the article that most teams jumping to Pro is to big of a jump. The reason behind this is that most teams don't have the funding to compete in Pro, there are a lot of players/teams that have the athletic skill and drive to play Pro, they just do not have the funding or sponsorship available to them.
Even when some teams do have just enough money and sponsorship to play Pro, they do not have any extra to keep up with the level of practice that the top Pro teams maintain at.
I feel like this will just result in a repetitive and/or negative cycle flowing from D1>Challenger>Champion. I feel like D1 had a HUGE resurgence last year as years past had 6-8 teams competing, and it would be sad to see it return back to 07'-08' era.
I'll use myself as an example. Last year I competed in D1 for the first 4/5 events. Our team pretty much payed our own way for the most part. I wont go into the numbers but I am sure most of you have experienced paying full price for an event out of your own pocket and what a burden it is to do it year round. I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT CURRENT COSTS FOR EVENTS
. As a result I could not afford to play WC and for the same reason do not currently have a team.
So lets say my team (Team A) wins the first D1 event. We are put into the challenger bracket with 5 of the bottom Pro teams and the other 2 of the top 3 D1 teams (just theory).
Here's where the problem lies. The 3 D1 teams go from playing Rto5 to Rto7. I don't have the exact numbers but your paint bill is going to skyrocket up, not only this but they are going to have to greatly increase there practice regiment to be able to compete in Challenger.
Same 8-10 teams go through a cycle of Challenger>Pro>Challenger etc...
Thus slowly draining there pockets and never gaining anymore sponsorship and or losing sponsorship during or fort the next year because they are no longer or still aren't playing on the webcast, and slowly these teams fall apart or have there best players picked up by pro teams.
Players now have to calculate whether they can not only just afford D1 costs, but the chance that they get moved up and have to increase there costs of Challenger/Champion.
Pls feel free to discuss/critize and comment.
Sorry if this makes no sense writing it sick on antibiotics with no sleep