Originally Posted by absoluthamm
Cash games definitely aren't easier, but it is easier to exploit bad players over time in a cash game. Also, in a cash game, you can start to show profit from hand #1 whereas you could play for 4 days in the ME and still be out on the bubble with nothing. The reason you probably feel less pressure in a mtt than ring is because once your tournament has started, you are no longer losing any more money than you have already put in, where in a cash game, you could always buyin again and lose multiple stacks if you are having a bad night or don't play cash games well.
+1, thats a major problem in tournaments, there is almost no way to exploit bad players (unless there are a lot of them, i.e freerolls/low buyin tourneys), against LAG players you have to wait for a hand, but while you're waiting, they're spewing chips all over the place, its more likely that someone will knock them out before you have a chance to get to them. In cash games they would rebuy, but once they're out of the tournament, they're out.
Also theres almost no point in setting up an image for yourself especially in low buyin tournaments. Not only do most people not notice your image, before you can effectively use it you get moved to another table.