Yes, I would be interested in playing in this.
Yes, I would be interested in helping organize this.
Yes, but... (elaborate in thread)
A popular activity in the competitive CS:S community is to run a "draft" tournament. Generally, the bulk of it is run in a large Ventrilo server, where players of all skill levels can join in , post a bit of info in their comments about their skill level, and then captains can pick teams (they are mostly just advertised in competitive forums and things like that so that random pubbers don't show up). The picking process for these things is, admittedly, tedious, but they are really fun to play in once they get going. I would love to help organize one of these, or just provide this as an idea to a group who is more capable of running one than I am.
The idea is to play with people who you have never played with before, and HoN is set up quite well to avoid people who try to secretly stack their team.
Potential execution for one of these:
Anyone who is interested joins the vent and is automatically filtered into a globally muted vent channel. The only people who can speak are the admins. There should be quite a few admins to deal with the many problems that will undoubtedly arise. While in this channel, the general rules for the tournament will be gone over, players will be counted and a bracket will be established. After that, 10 players will be dropped pretty randomly by all of the admins into different game lobbies within the vent. The lobbies would look like:
All 10 players for each game will start in their respective game lobby and will be able to talk to one another and coordinate getting into the same game. After all 10 players are in, teams will be auto balanced and then each team will tab out to join their respective channel in vent. I think BD would probably be the best gametype for this kind of thing. The match is then played and the winner of the match reports to the admins at the end of it with a match ID. From then on, the five members of that team become a consistent team throughout the rest of the draft and play another winner of a first round match as the bracket would indicate. For simplicities sake, their team could become known as "Team One" and so forth, so that it is easy to track.
The success and failure of these kind of things are almost always dependent on the cooperation of the people involved, and while I was always a bit skeptical of them, I used to have a ton of fun playing in Source Drafts, and met some really cool players through them.
You have to be verified as a decent player of X standard, and not some eyes-R-bad noob Scout.