At Big Cube Bash 2017, being held in Newark, New Jersey, USA on May 13th, 2017, Eric Zhao (the organizer) has decided to hold a staff competition 1 week before the actual competition, around Friday night to Sunday night at the Chipotle near his residence. This has gotten approval from the WCA board, who approved this on a vote of 3-2. Eric Zhao stated he couldn’t hold it before the competition because the Chipotle wasn’t available to do it the staff competition closely before the competition. This means that the solves of the staff at the staff competition before the competition offer them opportunities to qualify for events at US Nationals 2017, which has its qualification deadline ending at Monday, May 8, 2017. This also means that the people going to the staff competition will be able to get qualifying solves for US Nationals 2017, unlike the people not going to the staff competition. The reasoning being this controversial decision is that “if Nationals can hold the staff competition, then why can’t this competition do it too? it has a reasonable reason for holding it before the US Nationals 2017 qualification deadline, which is the lack of venue availability”.

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