Hello all !
Veterans are well aware that we have always wanted the ELO to be both a highly strategic and very open game mode. Our desire to have as many strategic options as possible has lead us to revise the ELO mode rules several times. First of all, we created the list of banned characters gathering those who appeared to be most abused. This list enabled us to solve the main balance issues.
Next, however, the metagame gradually crystallized around the two or three dominant clans at the time. In order to prevent the metagame from stagnating, we then introduced a ban on the clan having dominated the previous week. Unfortunately, this course of action did not work as well as we had hoped. Though it provided a certain variety among the clans used to play, it mostly led up to a very negative feature: the "cycling" phenomenon that we are currently experiencing between Roots and Sentinel (and also All Stars for good measure). In addition, the ban of an entire clan is too drastic an initiative.
So if I understand this process...each week there will be a vote on which characters get banned for the next round of ELO?
I hope I'm being naive, but how does this alleviate the cycling clans as there's a good chance the same top cards each week will be banned?
I don't understand the timing of it all. When do I get my votes? How soon do I have to use my votes? When do the bans take hold? I've been looking at the ban page and Kerry started the day unbanned, then she was banned, and now she's unbanned again. There are plenty of cards that say they're currently banned, even though they have less than 5% of all votes cast.
Does this mean that the bans are "rolling" and may change as people use their votes? That seems a bit loopy.