GG Netherlands, it was fun while it lasted ;-;
I just now noticed this line added to the rules in the OWC wiki:
In Knock-Out Stage, selecting out of FreeMod bracket is unlimited.
This line was added after the tournament is underway on November 10th. Seems like after the tournament starts is a poor time to start changing the rules. I didn't know we were expected to know the rules AND check for random changes every week.