@ ACCM, Rein
Picking someone 300 rating points higher (aka a higher 1v1 level), someone that didn't lose to F1re, someone with better scheduling / availability over someone that went 1 round further because he lucked into China vs Franks on water in the decider of his R2 match. That's my backup plan. I understand why you wouldn't agree with it but I don't think it's hard to "get".
In my opinion you should NOT look into the 1v1 rate. ACCM does not play a lot of 1v1s (or he smurfs, also viable possibility). He got trough 1 round further.
Civluck is part of the settings the sponser decided, the player involved canNOT do anything about it, but he gets punished for it by not getting considered for this. I understand your decision in some sort. Those two names are more known and rise more often then ACCM. But once again, I feel like you don't respect ACCM as a top player. He has also achieved great things within AOC.
Nevertheless, still want to mention that you run your tournaments great. For me, this is only a small little downside to some great event you hosted.
Please explain me why ACCM should not have been selected to take part in the replacement process for f1re? I would like to see one of the main sponsors thoughts on it.