Note: I am not suggesting an outright ban from accessing the game, ONLY Grand Arena Championships.
Dear Capital Games,
I've played your game for 3 years primarily for the PvP component in Grand Arena Championships.
Over the last year increasingly I have seen a culture developing of people who openly join GAC just for the #8 rewards and do not participate - rather, they join and let the game auto-deploy every round.
Sometimes they will even be matched against another auto-deployer, and win the coin toss for having a larger roster, thus receiving better rewards.
This problem is especially prevalent in 3v3, which a larger chunk of the player base seem to particularly not enjoy, but wish to receive the "free" rewards for "participating".These people ruin the experience for everyone else.
To explain the effect it has:
1) if you do not have a roster over ~6-7m GP and set a typical defence, you will struggle to full clear your opponent with all of their strongest relic characters defending, even with randomised teams listed by the characters' power.
2) whilst it's still possible to score a win against an AFK opponent by focusing your strength in one area, this prevents full-clears and actively ruins Feat participation
(most obviously with the Tactical Advance feat for clearing zones) and effectively reduces the maximum amount of score you receive for a round win. This can then cause problems reaching Kyber rank, even for skilled players, PURELY because they cannot achieve enough points if they encounter 4 such auto-deployers who prevent a full-clear - even if they win every match in a season.
It becomes mathematically impossible with the low score wins.
3) obviously, it's not fun.
Automatically *ban from participating in GAC* any player who either:
1) auto-deploys the first Round of each GAC Event 3 times in a row
2) auto-deploys 4 times in a row.
This could be a temporary ban (1-2 GAC seasons), or permanent for repeat offenders.
These suggestions also would not penalise people who make mistakes or are busy with work and forget.
(Option #2 effectively guarantees that the system only affects players auto-deploying randomised rosters. Having said this, I prefer option #1, as it is harder to dodge the system and maintain the behaviour. Setting a defence in the first round causes later auto-deploys to deploy the same set defence, thus would actively encourage these players to at least engage with the GAC event even if they intend to not attack. It would reduce the number of randomised auto-deploys, alleviating the issue. Also if someone accidentally misses the first round 3 Events in a row, they probably should have made more of an effort.
I do not see why these players should be able to access GAC if they do not intend to properly engage with it, given that their laziness and apathy negatively impacts the experience of other players.-- That is why the developers made it a Sign-up, rather than every player joining automatically, right?
I strongly believe this culture needs to be recognised, tackled and stopped for the integrity of the game.
Any one who plays every GAC event should have encountered this culture in the early rounds/lower ranks.
Many thanks and regards, stay safe