Bunk...Yup. Inno clearly thought this would help new players get relic boosts but the opposite is true.
Focussing on 3/9 tournaments used to get you more boosted relics than spreading out your troops/goods across 9/9 weeks will now.
You're basically "wasting" 66% on relics you don't really need (as a new city)
What this change does that is good for new players is giving access to relics for CC spells all the time which of course makes some Event quests more doable.
With the way the tournament gets so much more difficult fast, you can't do the same kind of push you used to. The new tournament slowed that down, but, evening the play out actually ends up using less resources over all. So instead of doing 9 extra on the 3 boosted tournaments, do 3 extra on all 9 and you actually use less resources then what the extra 9 cost, and could probably do 4 extra instead of 3 for the same resources..