Now now, lets not make generalizations and assumptions about all Advanced players. I will be playing Advanced (though whether or not I should is a better argument left for another day
) and I would have no problem getting schooled, spanked, demoralized, humiliated, embarrassed, beat down, or however else you want to describe it by DBD twice. Hell, I'd play it three or four times if that was the format that Jack decided on. I understand why many of the Pros wouldn't want to play NorthStar as it doesn't fit their game or their likes as well as the others. My thoughts are if NS is best played with thumbers instead of controlled backhand or forehand shots then get better at throwing a thumber then everyone else and if you won't do it then I hope you're real good at locating your other shots. I won't do the thumber trick not because I think it is a weak cheater shot but because I hate throwing them and think I become a better player by throwing other shots. That said, I know sometimes thumbers are just necessary so I use them on occasion. I don't have a problem if the tournament overall forces players to use a wide range of shot selections (even the dreaded overhand) because players should have them all incorporated into their game. That's why I dabble with throwing lefty backhand because I think in the long run it will make me more competitive and will make me a better player - and because I hate throwing righty sidearm. You gotta have the tricks and use them all reasonably well and sometimes that might give lesser skilled players a higher likelihood of having a competing score with you. Again, just my 2 cents.