That's true. If you work in less provinces than 9 each week then it will create an ongoing problem.Previously I was able to get sufficient relics from doing 6 rounds of 6 provinces. Now I have to do 9 every week.
That's also true. I hadn't factored this tactic either.it's true but if you only did 1 third of tourney in the previous version( only those for CC ) , the new system is far more costly because you get 2/3 of unused relics
So, I guess over 9 weeks then the numbers of one relic type should even out (and potentially be less costly), but only if you always do some factor of 9 provinces each week and play each tournament equally.