I'm gonna scoop up all the "Didn't drop but still last" prizes from here on out! Every misplay = tons of knowledge. Thanks for putting this together and I am looking forward to haphazardly piloting a new deck at the next event!
One thing to keep in mind is to ask yourself what it is that you want to reward.
I know that you're wanting to both reward attendance and results. But you don't want people gaming the system. I once played 60 lands for four rounds in a Standard tournament in order to hit the points minimum for a monthly points system that gave 1 point per round played.
X points per tournament, where X is the number of tournaments entered. (E.g. if you enter 3 tournaments, you'd earn 1, then 2, then 3 points.)
I might be misreading this. Are you saying 1 point for the first tournament, 2 for the second, etc? If so, I'm not a fan of that. We're all adults and it's a real kick in the teeth that I've got to work this weekend and I'm going to lose several points because my streak is broken - I don't just lose this week's points, I lose this week's points for every week that follows.
Reward continuing to play when no longer live for top 8/4
Reward strong results
When we did the Houston invitational, the first thing we looked at on invites was attendance numbers. So we'd be award that heavily.
A few ideas:
Heavy emphasis on showing up:
1 point for every player in the tournament you're in
1 point for every player ranked below you at the end
5 (?) points for showing up
3 points per match win
Heavy emphasis on results - track and field style
5 points for 1st
3 points for 2nd
1 point for 3rd
Don't forget that we publish results for every event so you've got a year of data you could play with.