When my gear/minions don't match the tourney reqs, PLEASE ELABORATE

We’ve all been there. You go through the process of picking colors or weapons or minions, yet when you get into the Tourney you’re told (well after they take your gold, btw) that your gear doesn’t match.

Care to give me a clue where to look?

It sounds like you’ve identified the potential sources of “mismatch” so I don’t know that I have much more to offer. Feel free to post screens of gear/weapons/minions and perhaps we can provide more feedback. Most of the time it seems to come down to weapon.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this screen:

So you click “Okay”, then click gear, which takes you to your weapon screen.
Suggestion #1: Tell me what exactly (amulet, shield, boots).
Whatever the issue, you see your weapon.

Notice the weapon is what you see, always. Suggestion #2, take me to the offending item.

No matter what item is the issue, it is only called “Gear.”
You do get a separate notice if the issue is your weapons.