Okay thanks. I knew there weren't quali lists for 250s, but thought that quali draws only existed of players that are alternates on the entry lists.
You see quite a few highgly ranked guys in quali tournaments who get a WC to enter, and then are topseed, why then? They don't need it in your explanation.
Maybe in a 500 tournament if a player didn't enter by the deadline (& the tournament wouldn't give him a wild card for the main draw), he would get a wild card for the qualifying & thus become one of the top seeds, but in a 250 or lower tournament there are no qualifying entry lists, only sign-ins, so there's no way any player in the top fifty would need a wild card to enter.
I remember Tursunov in Zagreb last year, as an example.
Zagreb 2009? Tursunov did not receive a wild card: