Clare Downing is one of the really good ones from Region 8 I believe. 17-1 in all regionals preliminary rounds and top seed at the last two regional qualifiers, winning speaks both times. I don't pay enough attention to LD to know who else is really good, some names that come to mind would be Jake Dyess and Michael Mouser. To me, lots of the good teams get knocked out simply by virtue of loosing the coin flip to a decent opponent.
Clare definitely seems like a threat. I've heard her name tossed around quite a bit. Seems like a major contender.
I definitely agree about the coin flip thing. This rez definitely lends itself to a good bit of bias, and coin flips seem to be deciding a lot of rounds. But I think as far as argumentation itself goes, some debaters certainly pose a bigger "threat" than others simply because they have better speaks/better logic/more experience, etc. So far we've got these names:
(Joke, people. Joke. Me is a novice.)
Seems like a decent list. Of this list, we have these folks coming to ID Open:
Oh, and me. Well, it's been nice knowing you, world. I'm going to go put on sackcloth and ashes and weep for having no hope of victory.
Ben Vincent, R II
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