Prince Imdol wrote:Its unfair when DS enters, because right when he said "I think I will enter this" I knew I who would win.
I'd disagree. I can think of a large number of builders here who are equally talented and would have great odds of winning. Peruse the winners of past contests and you'll see a great variety of great MOCers. Even setting aside these established names, every contest--especially the CCCs--brings new surprises, either current members who stepped up their skills since prior MOCs (and, after all, isn't sharing techniques and improving building a lot of what we do around here?) or totally new members who come out of the blue and blow us away (like, for instance, when Mark Stafford appeared).
On the past instances of big winners voluntarily removing themselves from future CCCs, I understand and honor the motive behind this, but I always miss seeing what some of my favorite builders would have come up with for each new contest. One of these days I think we should hold an invitational contest, not for all comers, but for all of those who have won any prior contest here at CC (both "official" contests like the CCCs and periodic smaller contests hosted by the admins and the "unofficial" contests like the battles contest or the mini castle contest hosted by individual members). I'd love to see a clash of titans pitting the best of the best against eachother.