well, this makes the conflict with MGC mean little/nothing now.
I think this is a really bad change but the reason for it is obvious. PAPA is 100% about trying to figure out how to get lessor players to help seed a larger pot for the good ole boys club of top players. Guessing this new format will also get some of the A players to pump a bit more?
HERB style play is largely gone to the wayside in the modern era of pinball competition. Players vote with participation and in general most seem to like limited entry formats. Pump and dump is cool for a side event or something to occupy time for those that get bumped for a main.
Making PAPA pump and dump removes lots of the novelty of the 5 game ticket. The 5 game ticket was a very fun format and obviously geared towards consistent play.
For those that are now out on PAPA, I suggest checking out MGC which is one of the best social, collector, hobbyist shows in the whole nation. No pump and dump at MGC and the tourney continues to bring in more players and more IFPA points.