Since Ashishgup says he won't be posting a blog for this year, I'll do the honours (free negative contribution, yay!)
The regional round just ended, with 8 problems and a much better difficulty distribution than previous years. There were only two issues that I saw with today's contest:
1) The late start — they did not provide the drive link to the problems, unlike the previous year, which was a bad decision IMO.
2) The queue at the end — it took >5 minutes to evaluate our submissions for the 8th problem, which is too long in a 3 hour contest.
All in all, it was a quite nice contest which was enjoyable. Let's discuss the problems of the online eliminations here :)
Another important announcement is the addition of Asia west regionals this year — seems to be similar to India Finals 2016/ what our North American compatriots are going to be doing this year. The link for this can be found here
P.S — can anyone share the solution to the last problem?