I understand the reason for the change but it seems like it was just pushed out without any input from the people it affects the most. Obviously most 1A directors would argue it disproportionally affects some programs more than others, which is true. It also doesn't really change the percentage much of band going to state when compared to this past year. It just limits how many advance from regions with many good 1A programs. So lets say only the three bands from region 6 that made finals last year would advance. The other bands from that region would not have advanced. Even though every one of those bands beat other bands at state.
It is unfortunate that if you're going to contest and earn a 1st division and place 5th you don't advance if the 7th band receives a 1 2 2. In that case 4 bands that received a 1st division advanced out of the 6 bands that earned a 1st division.