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.
Nice, Zatman will be banned next week, Smokey, Marco, Shakra and Charlie as well (and of course Kolos, Hawk).
--> no more overpowered Uppers, no Zatman
--> no more Piranas, their best card is banned (Smokey)
--> pussycats with their crazy 1 * fillers aren´t that good any more because Charlie is banned
BUT - what a pity that Striker is not banned. Most top tier clans lost an important card - but not All Stars. So next week All Stars will dominate. In addition we will see lots of Gheist (the more cards from other clans are banned the better is Gheist) and of course we will see Roots (Ratanah is playable!).