It seems you needed some more explanations about new changes in ELO. We will do our best to explain those changes here.
We want to use the ELO bans not only to make this mode more balanced but also to make it funnier. Therefore we will ban several characters in addition to the ones which are already in the staff list.
The characters in this additional list won’t be in the staff banned characters list. Which means that it won’t be penalizing in Daily Tournaments.
We are making these changes in order to make the ELO mode funnier et not letting it strategically freeze. Therefore this list of characters may regularly change. We try hard not to make too big changes at a time so you can easily follow what’s happening.
One more thing :
A new system will be released during August to see how the ELO mode will improve. In September, according to the results we will decide on the definitive changes which will be necessary.
Here list of the characters which will be banned in ELO from next Monday (08/02):
(You’ll also find the ELO staff banned characters)
Staff banned (with DT penalties):
Zatman, Ratanah, Wee Lee, Jackie, Lyse Teria Cr, Vickie Cr, Kiki Cr, General Cr, DJ Korr Cr, Tanaereva, Guru Cr, GraksmxxT, Lamar Cr, Alec Cr, Marco, Kolos, Hawk
New list bans (no DT penalty):
At first I thought the Pussycat bans were excessive, but then I realized the true point of their four bans: All four cards are highly playable at partial evolutions. One of the points behind ELO is that it's a more level playing field. So being able to burn through 50 1* Wandas and Gwens a week doesn't give your deck massive star power. Noodile gets a similar ban, but notice how Tyd doesn't.
If Hawkins is on the list then I feel Gil should be too.
And Caelus should've been promoted straight up to the DT penalty staff-ban list.
Lol, there is not one card in my ELO deck in the ban list
i guess this means i can win in ELO now
since i seem to be the only one playing a deck without OP cards in ELO and still be able to go toe to toe with the OP decks
it is always a pleasure to defeat stacked decks when you're using a deck only worth 7k clintz
Mmm... I'm really not sure these changes would be "balanced"
I understand why those Pussycats cards are banned: because they are perfect semi-evo cards.
But i actually use 2 of those cards(yayoi and Wanda) full evolved. Specially, Wanda is the only one decent SOA that Pussycats have, and i guess SOA is needed in ELO. You could say that Pussycats still are playable in a half deck, but well not everyone wants to play a half deck(i don't want to, at least)
The semi-evo is a problem because players who result benefited with them are the ones who have more money, and that kills completely the strategy part. In my opinion, a better solution would be to ban semievos, or restrict the number of semi-evo cards in the deck.
About All Stars, i don't think any particular ban of those is exagerated, but the 3 at the same time? Same with gheists, i admit facing Rolph and Toro is one of the things i more hate, but banning the two at the same time? I don't see a really good reason for banning Leviatonn, the double stops are strategically good, in my opinion, and his power doesn't make him overpowered. But Bristone is basically THE damage reducer, as well as spiaghi. Those two absolutely should not be banned.
Caelus, Sylth, Ghumbo, even Uranus, those bans look reasonable. The leaders thing, well i guess it's ok, looks like it could result interesting.
But banning a lot of cards just makes the chose variety poor, and i'm sure that doesn't help to strategic.
Well, it's just my opinion
GHEIST is still playable. SOA is still the best bonus, and they've been getting some good cards whose principal failing is that they didn't compete with the list that just got banned. So some of you noticed that no Freaks got banned. In order to be relevant as a clan in any regard they would have to be ELO playable, and the only way to do that is to either give them above pretty much solid 8 power characters or pass out huge bans like this. Maybe at some point every clan will be relevant, except Leaders obviously.