If you don't mind, I'll piggyback a few more questions onto the topic. I'll be running the CO regional and had some related questions.
The cut to a single elimination bracket is typically used towards the end of large tournaments, while smaller tournaments just end after Swiss rounds. At one point do folks feel like there should be a cut to an elimination bracket? I feel like if we have just 8-12 people show up, it may be best to just call it quits after the Swiss rounds, but I have relatively no experience, so I wanted to know if there's a general consensus as to at what point people feel like there's enough participants to justify an elimination bracket at the end.
This is a TO's call. The 'issue' with Swiss is that the first round is unseeded, and your two best players can face off, which normally would be your 'event matchup'.
In the tournament in DC for the core sets, we cut to a SE of 4 with a field of about 16 (I think, sydwys can correct me if he's watching).
The important part is that you advertise how many rounds of Swiss and SE you have before you start, you can't decide it mid-stream.
My next question is one I see asked relatively often, but there still doesn't seem to be a general consensus for and FFG has yet to provide any guidance, so I'll go ahead and repeat the question here. Assuming a situation comes up where you absolutely cannot avoid having an odd number of people participating... How many prestige points do you think should be given to an individual who has a bye?
I believe Byes should get an uncontested win (6PP 10-0, 10-0) and no player should get more than one Bye across the entire tournament.
If paired from the top for the Swiss rounds, Byes will be going to those in the bottom half of the bracket after the randomly granted bye in the first round, so it should come out in the wash anyway.