Hey! I think I’m in but I’ll have to check. BTW, i agree with you that it’s annoying when good players get sent out in the first round. Why not try having the people who would usually get sent out in the first round get sent to the playoffs instead - that way anyone who joins gets to play at least 2 games. It sucks when you’re out in the first round.
(The last few days I’ve been drafting a schedule for a similar A3 tournament - so if you want I can send you an example of how the above idea works.)