Ah, it's over now.
The pacing is one issue that was a constant problem throughout the whole season. First season introduced all the characters (tons of them, really), the game, went through regional qualifiers, high school team tournament and individual tournament, fall qualifiers for Meijin and Queen games and the games themselves and ended in Spring of 2nd year. S2 managed to cover like half of that without having to worry about introducing all the characters, the backstory behind the love triangle etc. etc.
But I could probably forgive that much, though. Hell, I could even forgive them for fucking with powerlevels way, way too much. But making Arata this overpowered completely kills the point. Shinobu was supposed to be the final boss for a number of reasons. They were building up upon that for like 20-30 eps by now. Beating Shinobu pretty much makes Arata the strongest player out there. Also, I really can't believe how casual they were about revealing Shinobu is stronger than Suou - a completely off hand remark during a pretty important match (unless they revealed that in S1 and I already managed to forget it). At this point it looks like Suou will get blown out by Arata in fall.
So, is there still anything to look forward to? Shinobu was supposed to be the best player and Chihaya outplaying her at some point in the series was supposed to be the Grand Finale. On the other hand there was Mashima - Arata rivalry to look forward to except at this point Mashima taking more than 5 cards from Arata at any point in the series would be twice the asspull compared to him making a comeback from 2-7 in team tournament finals.
Again, I don't feel like there's anything to look forward to anymore. Arata becoming a new Meijin is a given, Mashima won't be ever able to touch him and the same goes for Chihaya most likely. She still has to beat Shinobu but beating the second best player doesn't sound very exciting. Shame, because everything would be perfectly fine if Arata would lose in the finals.