This was my first MGC, and the after party was far and away the best part. However it's been handled in the past - I'm certainly happy with how it was this year.
One question - am I wrong in my understanding that people have gotten tickets to the afterparty in the past by helping out / donating time to the show? Like - volunteering to keep scores for the tourneys? It seems that there should be some avenue to getting a ticket other than getting someone's extra, or bringing a machine since so many people have no means to do so. Not a fan of selling them either, but some middle ground between bringing a machine or knowing the right person and just buying one would be nice. Donating time to the show itself seems a decent compromise to me.
Regardless - massive thumbs up from me. Will be attending and bringing a table again in the future for sure.