1. Only PUBLIC tournaments cost coins. Private tournaments are free in the same way as, always.
Why would you do that to a fundamental feature of the game?!
2. If you recall, there used to be tons of public tournaments ..... that never started and often where sitting at max #invites. If they started, half the games where just boot wins too, since it takes forever to fill. Simply put, there are too many who wants to make tournaments relative to the number who wants to play tournaments. Making the public tournaments more restricted has greatly improved tournaments experience overall and solved that problem.
(Also, there are almost always one open tournament when I am online, so there is that too)
(Oh, and it's fairly cheep to make them as well. Just made https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer/Tournament?ID=27955
for a cost of 2 coins. Coins you get from free if you use the mobile app btw. Or Fizzer's random giveaways like the one in December)
Edited 1/7/2019 05:11:22