We have only 3 comps under our belt, however we were left scratching our heads after a 7th place chicken call and the following comp a 32nd using the same recipe and technique. Everyone has bad days or there may have been that one bad piece of chicken we were unaware of. However without a comment card, we do not know what the issue was.
So in short yes, I think they are a valuable tool to new and established teams on the circuit.
Bark Bros. Competition BBQ • Humphrey's Qubed Box • 22.5 WSM • 22.5" OTS • BLUE Performer • Beer • Wood • Orange Thermapen