My arena situation is kind of weird - I deleted the game around the time mods were first released, and just came back to it a few months ago. As a result, while I regularly take #1 in my fleet shard (I think I got a fairly new shard, because ships were released while I was inactive), I can barely stay in the top 500 in the squad arena. I'm fine with it, this isn't a whine thread, but my question is this:
What happens in an old arena shard when a player goes inactive? Does their last used team just stay active forever, eventually becoming an easy win for everyone and being squashed into dead last? Or do they eventually get removed and replaced by some poor newbie who will never have a prayer of advancing?
I feel like it's the former, because I sometimes go days without taking a hit despite my team being much weaker than average. I'm just curious.