i really really love how "force" has been used or interpreted as some sort of negative thing
ummm we are "forced", coerced, guided, manipulated, or use whatever word you like/dislike here in EVERY single format in this game
You want to play ELO
and get rewards.... guess what, you need to follow the rules of ELO
and choose cards and deck builds that are competitive if you want to do well. ELO
gets you Crs (maybe) and clintz!!
You want to play Survivor
.. ya you gonna lose pillz and you better make decks that can deal with this if you want to get far.
gets you credits!
You wanted to DT in the old system.... guess what, if you wanted to do very well... you again had to accept that there are a limited deck styles you will use in order to succeed. When DT were random... you had to build decks that could handle the randomness of the hour
DT was a clintz farm!
amazing how this illusion of choice is all of a sudden important
you want to play Standard.... so i get a limited card pool and i could play for prizes.... but running an Extended DT deck will actually net me more prizes.... ummm why the heck would i play this beyond just being curious???? Now this is the BIG flaw in the design. Give us reason to play the format and it will be attractive to us
So make standard like the other format... give us a reason to subject ourselves to the format (force, coerce, whatever) by dangling rewards in front of our noses
Now let me address the other concern people have raised about variety. Yes it needs to addressed, but with an immature meta this needs time... people need to play and play and play and play before the balance is sorted out.
Yeah but the variety sucks... or is broken.. or is boring.. or whatever other complaint. Lets see here... how many people have joined events with wacky, crazy, outright ridiculous, poorly thought out, amazing, and just kinda boring deck formats??? Several of us im sure. Yet a lot of us will play these events.... WHY???? because it is offering us some prizes we want.... and so we willingly allow the format to put limits in our card/deck selection
take the events run by Admin... for example I hate this deck events... .those are absolutely repetitive, ridiculous, and sometimes luck-driven formats... But the community is absolutely falling over themselves to try and join the event. They fork out the clintz and pray to their deities to be accepted into it... then they message every single person possible to try and get their matches in. WHY?????????? Prizes!!! Motivation!!! A reason to play the format.
Standards biggest challenge at this moment is that. Sort that out first... the rest will follow.