Unless Chock and Bates are a disaster at Nationals, I would say their spot on the World team is secure; they have a track record that none of the younger teams have, and they'd by default be expected to make the top 5 or 6 again.
Sadly I’d say you’re right. Even if they don’t skate well they’ll get the ticket. it’s probably pretty much predetermined who is going to be on the team before we even have the competition. And the body of work argument seems a little weak when your last skate was a year ago.