Donal Óg Cusack is expecting a winter All-Ireland hurling championship to suit the more physical teams, but he still expects the game's best players to excel regardless of the conditions.
Friday's draw on RTÉ saw defending Munster champions Limerick pitted against Clare in the provincial quarter-final, with 2019 All-Ireland winners Tipp' waiting in the last four.
While Leinster supremos Wexford face a mouth-watering clash with Galway, with beaten All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny to play Dublin or Laois on the other side of the eastern province's draw.
Speaking on The Sunday Game, three-time All-Ireland winner Cusack said poor weather will add an extra dimension for managers and squads preparing for the game's biggest inter-county competition.
"It's a long-term debate; do the bad conditions suit the bigger player, do they suit the smaller, quicker player?" he pondered.
"Is the smaller, quicker player faster in all conditions? My gut is that it's going to suit the bigger, stronger, more physical teams.
"Odds are conditions are going to be bad. Yeah, fields are good, getting way better. I think of Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny; I think it's not going to be a disadvantage to those teams.
"I remember Cork winning an All-Ireland final in 1999, and it was far from a sunny day.
"When you think of all the top hurlers in the country... my gut is that the best players will still shine through come hail, sleet, or snow."
For former Kilkenny back Jackie Tyrrell, playing the championship in Autumn and Winter is an attraction, in and of itself.
"It's going to be hugely different," said the nine-time All-Ireland winner. "There are so many different dynamics.
"I know the latter stage of this championship will be played in Croke Park, Thurles, or Páirc uí Chaoimh, but still this country is very unpredictable with weather.
"More than likely we're going to have bad conditions, but I remember 2014, we played an All-Ireland semi-final against Limerick and you couldn't see five yards in front of you, and it was a great spectacle.
"It's going to be tougher, even for managers. They'll (the players) have to train under lights, where normally during the summer they're used to to training on the long evenings.
"There'll be lads going up to Dublin and doing their Christmas shopping and then going to All-Ireland semi-finals and finals, so it's brilliant; it's different."