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.
I think we should give the system a bit more of a chance. Given a couple months I'd hazard a guess that the banning patterns will even out... That being said, I do believe that hiding the current vote results would make the system work more like it was intended to.
This week "uppers are free" is definitely not very cool, I agree. Just banning dorian or zatman would have balanced things out but well...
We'll see how it goes next week and make adjustments if needed.
On the other hand, we got Junkz, Sakhrom, Nightmare, Jungo being used this week.
@neogenex: interesting idea but we think it's bad from the supporting players point of view: their votes might actually be completely discarded.
Jungo get used every week.... but they arnt anything special. you will probably never see a jungo character on the vote list. and heaven forbid if they got slyth banned. lol that would be the end of it.
ya and im not liking this last minute voting thing, its crazy everytime im in the 1300s and 1400s i see uppers almost every match. and im sure those are the people keeping uppers unbanned, my 7+ votes i get each week can only help so much :/ maybe nightmares new boost will calm them down a LITTLE? who knows i got 1300s with them last week, i thought they were pretty solid and i was putting good numbers up against decks with uppers not to mention kolos randomness can win so many games lol.
i wouldof said stuff earlier, but i was muted for telling some noob who takes his sweet time and misplays to hurry the eff up :/.
Every after each ELO tournament the voting is held here:
You will know how many votes you get by checking out the top part, it will be indicated there. The number of votes that you can cast will depend on your ELO value for that week.
- To Staff
I also think that the current vote result should remain hidden prior to voting ends.
- No more last minute voting attempting to change the results
- No more opportunistic voting
- Less cards being banned potentially for over the 5% barrier (I bet most people are going to focused on ~ 4 cards)
A remedy to the cons is just to lower the barrier of 5% to like 2.5% to have the banned chars each week constant. I hate seeing Zatman and Dorian being switched back and forth 100 times in the last 2 hours of voting, honestly.
Suggestion: Keep the voting system BUT in addition automatically ban the most used card of the top or the top two Elo clans for the next week. So the overpowered Zatman could not be saved by last minute voting every week because he is the most used card.