Clash Royale released a much request feature, tournaments. These are not bracket based, but instead a subset of matchmaking. Those with the highest points win stuff at the end. It’s neat, I’ll give Supercell that. So, what do I like about tournaments?
The Good. You don’t lose trophies while participating. That means, at the very least, you can use tournaments as a practice mode for a new deck without worry of slipping down arenas. You also get a separate slot for any tournament chests which you might win. Plus, gold is still rewarded.
The Bad. Sadly, this will be longer than the section about good things. Getting into a tournament is a pain in the butt. Due to the asynchronous nature of the system, 95% of the time a tournament will be full when you try to get in it. This leads to a lot of frustration. It would also be nice if there was some way to filter the list so only new matches show, or matches of a certain length.
Matchmaking is also a downside of the tournament system. There are no limits really, I end up playing against people which much better decks. I think one guy had 3 legendaries to my 0. So it can be a struggle if you are a newer Level 8 player. I guess the good side of that coin is you get some practice against cards you haven’t seen before.
I also wish tournaments counted toward your Crown Chest tally. They currently do not.
Overall, it’s an ok system. Supercell is in the process of refining it, so I am looking forward to any improvements they may make. The system has a ton of potential.