It was about 6 months ago I joined a tournament, and this is also the first time in six months I have one up as a TO. Have I made a conscious decision to stay away, not really, the answer is simple:
CC3, CL5, RLIII & 7UPII (which is technically a non-clan tournament I suppose, yay) I haven't had time for non-clan friends, let alone running around filling my schedule with tournaments...
The clan scene has become so busy that it doesn't surprise me at all that team-game tournaments are in decline. Most of the hard-core CC players that like team-games are obviously in clans, and their days are filled with Cups and Leagues. One after another, overlapping.
Even if people did have time to run/partake in said tournaments, they don't have an appetite for it in the same way anymore.
Is this a bad
thing? Well I'd say that's looking at it the wrong way: It is simply a consequence of the changing clan scene. Team-game tournaments are in decline because the purpose they serve(d) is being filled in other ways, if you take my meaning.
Too look at that with regret is to indulge in pointless nostalgia.
And for those that would argue the point, may I suggest you go sign up for the Atlantis boys large-team WWII tournament instead. Seek and you shall find, every now and then
PS; TOFU has 36,000+