Not necessarily, because maybe the national champion is a better skater and deservedly consistently has a larger advantage in PCS than the one who earned the minimum score has in TES. Of course with any system, sometimes the best skater in the country is not the one who has the best day at nationals. But what if the best skater does have a good day at nationals and easily earns the minimum there (even accounting for generous callers and inflated GOEs at nationals) but didn't have a good day technically at the international competitions? Euros/4Cs would be another chance to earn the scores for Worlds . . . unless the skater doesn't even already have the international score needed to gain entry there. I don't think quality of skating skills per se will decrease significantly because skaters still need to have the skill level to execute the elements successfully -- especially level 3+ step sequences. But the other components might get shoved to bottom priority by skaters who need to focus on executing the elements E.g., at senior B and even GP events we might see a big difference in approach between skaters who are there trying to earn minimum TES so they can qualify for a bigger event later in the season vs. skaters who have already done so and are there trying to win the competition they're competing in now.