Invitational tournaments were a really cool tournament system which sadly died by the time and got replaced by seasonal crowns which are just spamming in ranks to enter and try to win thanks to a random matchup in early rounds, and in late rounds try to counter your rival.
Invitational tournaments should come back, this kind of tournaments really required a lot of effort to win them. (By invitational I also mean old Seasonals)
First of all, i'll explain how Invitation Tournaments used to work like.
So first of all there was 8 qualifiers tournaments, were the top 2 players of any of those 8 qualifiers, had an invitation to the finale tournament with 16 spaces in total, and, usually, 3rd position on those tours had a place on reserves, also, the bracket format of this tournament was a double elimination bracket, which means you need to lose twice to lose, which makes it hard to get RNGed twice or lose to a bad matchup twice if you were smart enough to do some fast builds or counter builds to your next rival.
When the 8 qualifiers were done, only 16 players would play the finale tournament, fighting the top 3 for one of 3 shinies usually, 1st position choosing the shiny which most likes between those 3, 2nd position same but with only 2 mons, and 3rd needs to stay with the last mon. Also this tournaments usually had as reward some RP like current seasonals. (This only in some seasonal cases, there
This kind of tournament had a duration of 6 weeks aproximetly.
Also, here are some examples of Invitationals / old seasonals tournaments:
I'd be cool to see again any of this tournaments in 2022, and if they think of reviving this kind of invitational / seasonal tournament style, i'd love to play it a lot, even if I get first rounded lol.