Rosh, RPS Mastery can be attained without international tournament experience. Hell, it can be attained without any tournament experience.
Well, of course. However, no one was discussing RPS Mastery. Rather, I was attempting to conduct a relatively straight-forward technical discussion on inequalities in the tournament bye process, and how players can use them to advantage. While this is certainly a component of RPS Mastery, it is by no means the larger part. Again, I think you'll have a whole new understanding of these concepts once you've played outside of your backyard (no offense.)
I'm not dismissing tournaments. Hey, I've set up one here, and competed in several others, some of which you've heard of (NZRPSC)
I'm not familiar with that one. When was it held?
some of which you may not have (like the little-known but highly-regarded Invitational Quadrennial in ShěnyŠng, China, to which I was invited when the RPS Master with whom I was studying at the time recommended me to the tournament committee as "a rare example of a foreigner who understands not only the techniques of RPS but also its inner spirit.")
This translates loosely as "Take this one for all you can get from him; you've got a whale on the line here, boys..."
It's one thing to want to become World RPS Champion. It's another to seek to attain RPS mastery.
Good point. It is one of the mysteries of the sport that one with help you with the other more than the other will help you with the one.
I disagree with Rosh here.
Though there are worse fates.
Again, I must agree with Burley.