A couple things:
People come to these events with lots of different expectations and goals. Some folks want their fav era/units, but made by a different producer. Some folks want units/factions that rarely get made/ or that do, but never in plastic. Some folks want weird stuff. Some folks are clearly offering and picking based on what they think will sell to them, some folks on what they think will sell to others.
Because there are SO many angles, the results are going to look really weird, to almost everyone. Anyone who looked at the end result of the first heats and was like ‘ah yes, exactly what I thought we’d see’ is a liar (to themselves, or others), or a powerful wizard. I was wrong, too – the first round was so thrilling, I thought all the stuff I liked was obviously going through to the next round. Surely we all liked the random stuff that I, who plays no system, and cuts basically every mini I buy up into little pieces before goleming it back together, liked.
Very few of the things I was convinced about came through – and like, in retrospect, the only safe assumption was that I had no idea what the group making these choices is, what they own, what they want to own, why they hobby, on and on…I have exactly no information. My predictions were guesses, and I guessed wrong. Nothing wrong with that, and likely no conspiracy to defraud this fun angle of participation.
I hope folks rally into enjoying this process a bit more – just the opportunity to throw my two cents in is SO much more than most makers allow. The input, however little it tips the scales, is really welcome.