Last year trips were on the line. Most people know how Kettler went to Nats with high Hopes of doing well but after losing game one droped to protect his points, invite and trip. I respect him for that . He had to and if you were him and half as smart you would have too. So First question is if you played in Nats last year and droped when did you? Why? Now on to the future of U.S. Nationals. You have points and might be on the bubble. You want to play but you also want a invite. You don't want to go to Worlds and play the grinder after playing so many premier events for the invite. You enter First round pairings to see how its going to go and is the metagame going to go your way today. Suddenly somewhere things may go wrong. When will you drop? Why?