As usual, Elmer is right about the meta level issue, "this is pretty fluid and arbitrary."
Yes, there's probably a very clear top ten teams. Organizing that list subjectively doesn't matter to me as much as objectively recognizing the great debaters/partnerships on said list.
Maybe make a list of the teams that superseded expectations.
I think it's obvious that a sizable majority of the community, regardless of being K oriented debaters in their own right, are perfectly fine with K debate existing. Yes, policy-policy debate stuff matters. Yet "Silencing" arguments from policy hacks are often hypocritical because they subvert the fact that K debate itself has always faced substantial resistance from certain groups within the community. I don't want to paint all policy centric debaters as hating K debate, or vice versa. Tons of debaters fluidly engage in both "policy" and "kritikal" strategies in the same round, or at least at some point throughout their whole debate career. I dislike and hate the idea of trying to discredit K debate for being exclusive, or whatever debategirl452 is trying to say. I may not love all K debate, yet I recognize that it is a supremely valuable part of our community.
i've been involved in policy debate in one capacity or another for (good lord) four decades. the reason some of us "old school" peeps have embraced kritikal argumentation is because of the ahistoricality of policy arguments. we have literally watched the link stories of a thousand das come to pass in the real world and yet none of the impacts have occurred. these constructs are PROVEN to be meaningless. so what does that leave other than the effect we have on one another in the round and as a community? if the focus of debate is education, we should be educating about things that actually matter and have a real impact on the real world, not weighing who has the best strung-together farce that will NEVER have an impact on any of us.
all that being said, i have seen hard policy kids OWN the framework flow and they've gotten my ballot. because, if what happens in the room is what matters, the quality of argumentation matters too.
I just put together a new blog post about the scheduled-elimination tournament. I would love to hear feedback, thoughts, concerns...