Gonna say that no one is ever going to believe that. With 2 teams who live in the same hole and practice against one another, you have no reason not to assist each other in the tournament, the further both teams get more pronounced your advantage from having two teams becomes. Years of teams being blatant about manipulating the brackets have allowed people to understand how and why it can be gamed. With those teams around, every shiploss, every match that went to the time limit would be questioned as an attempt to give yourself a more favorable seeding.
The only difference from last year was we wouldn't get to read the super smug rundown on how you managed to pull it all off after it was over.