It doesn't make sense to re-schedule something like this so soon. There should have never been a promised date to begin with. You need to work around the players with this one. Figure out the winners of the level 9 first and then lets talk about a date. The tournament that was supposed to happen in season 8 worked exactly like that. You messaged all the teams that had won level 9 and then you began scheduling. Just do it again.
It has to be this way if you want a fair tournament.
So the offseason tourney is now at the start of the next season? With ava weapons disallowed what is the point of moving the date of the tourney?
Edit: apparently season has been moved a week as well. Still doesn't change the fact that announcing one date and then changing it 2 weeks in advance means you will have teams no showing due to plans already made.
Yeah like wtf is this? You announced before one date, people took holidays and plans off already for that weekend and now you change? No fucking way.... you can't do that
Each day, AO making worse and worse decisions
Look from game perspective..
It doesn't matter if one or two teams miss.
The casual player won't see the difference anyway
So a big sacrifice for the affected team a small or non existent for the game.
It is all about getting some viewers and some promo, and sorry as long as some show up the objective to get some promo and some new players will be fulfilled.
Different story and arguments would be if u have big streamers on the team..
I do however agree that winning a level 9 to qualify should be lowered to for instance winning a level 8. With the level 9 being only one fight of random matchmaking you can easily end up in situations where several potential top 3 teams won't be able to participate in the off season tourney. For instance what if the current #1 and #2 team have to fight each other in the level 9 fight.
Thanks very much for your feedback and discussion on the tournament above. We have confirmed a bunch of details in a new announcement post which will be updated as we go along: The Off-Season Crystal Tournament is Coming!
We would like to invite you to continue the conversation over there instead, as I will close this thread now.