You are entitled to your opinions on this matter, Prudence. But just remember this... who is it that award the gems? Who is it that makes the rules?
It is us, the past victors. Us deities have always done what we want before, and I see no reason to change now. However having said all that, just to put you in your place, I must confess to prefering the format of the mana gem quest (ie. the past victors in the quest to knock out the contenders, and the last normal mortal left standing wins the gem), with those rules, a normal mortal gets to win the gem, and it also allows us to keep you lot on your toes at the same time.
Nostradamus, God of the Stars.