I like tournaments but often dont have time to play them. I will admit though, that sometimes it feel like an ineffective way to use time. For whatever reason a full ring tournament tend to play even less hands
per hour than a full ring cash game.
So first of all, if I am not playing at least 3-4, or am already near the final table, I tend to lose concentration and start reading the forum or whatever. And second if you are card dead, sometimes you have hardly even been involved, before the blinds have gone up to a level, where it become time to push or fold. Then you run into a cooler, lose a coin flip or suffer a bad beat, and that was it.
With 6-max and Zoom taking a large part of the cash game market, I kind of dont understand, why so few tournaments are run in this format. Even though I am a full ring cash game specialist, my best result in a large MTT was actually a third place in a 4-handed bounty builder on Stars.
When that tournament finished after 8 hours, I have played around 500 hands, and because it was 4-handed, I had been involved in far more action with more chances to use my skill edge, if I had any, that had it been the traditional full ring format. So I kind of wish, these formats were more common.