Indeed, there is a fair amount of ambiguity as far as drawing that line is concerned. However, I wasn't concerned about drawing the line specifically--rather, my point was that there should be a line in the first place. The initial post doesn't recognize the necessity of this line--my post proposed that the definition set by the OP was flawed. Nowhere did I lay claim to having established a counter-definition.i've come to a closest of 16 in the last big tourney i entered. now would you qualify that as i had a stake at winning? many would say no but a good amount would claim yes.
So in that sense, I meant to be vague; there would be no purpose in my being more specific.
In addition, there is a matter of prestige associated with tournaments that, while secondary to money, can also be put to use in drawing the line. Your placement of 16th in a tournament is more prestigious than another person's placement of 25th, for instance. Therefore, you too have a stake in the tournament scene, albeit a lesser one than those who get the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places (since monetary gains are tangible and prestige is abstract).
To an extent, you are right; however, do note that skill level is substantially independent of character choice. Boss places high with Luigi. Anther places high with Pikachu (beating out many top Metas and Snakes). Lain places high with Ice Climbers. Et cetera. So I would expect the really good players to place highly despite the presence or absence of Meta Knight--it's true that they might place higher in one case or the other, but they'd still place in the same general area.another thing is many would argue they do have a stake if Meta was banned. many that would lose to Meta are quite confident that they would've won if thier opponent was a different character.
In other words, I don't expect someone placing 25th in a tournament right now to suddenly rise to 1st place with Meta Knight gone--do you? That is an extremely unlikely event. I do acknowledge that someone placing 8th could rise to 1st, but the person placing 8th already has a stake in the tournament anyway. Does this seem to be a reasonable assertion?