Not that I am declaring myself holier than thou or anything but I have played a lot of competitive gaming for the last 10 years. Whether it's MW2, Halo, SOCOM, (mostly console, lol), the environment and the skill in order to win is palpable;
There is a reason why the Battlefront population is so low. People are leaving it because of the lack of competitive factors: The very existence of a personal shield, explosive shot, scan pulse aka wall hacks, a quick health boost aka adrenaline stim, and then there's the easy kills such as bowcaster, pulse cannons, scatter guns etc. That's why when you go into a public match, there's a lot of skill gap compression.
When you hop in a public match, get a good score, start thinking you're "elite", its illegitimate;
Because being being good at Battlefront pubs is like saying that a 27 year old man beating with a bunch of little league kids in baseball is good.'
That may not be the best analogy I can give, but what I'm saying is that compared to other shooters, Battlefront was obviously made for children. And in order for it to be competitive it actually has to be from a shooter aspect and not from game changing abilities (Pick Ups, Triangles, set spawns, and anything else that makes this game not competitive).
All in all, although I haven't been able to play a lot of video games lately due to my pursue of a degree, I do get to play Battlefront, Black Ops, and Overwatch in my spare time, I have to say that with all the shooters that I have played and participated competitively in, Star Wars Battlefront has to be the least competitive one. It was literally made for 12 year old kids that were excited for The Force Awakens in December 2015 and EA just took advantage to release their pedestrian, childish game to make sales.
Don't get me wrong, I have a blast playing the game, but in order for it to be competitive, anything that compresses the skill gap just one bit has to be completely removed.
I guess its just a matter of opinion, but just because I won't (and most teams) recognize the winner of this tournament, doesn't mean I'm disrespecting their skill. Maybe they're good even when the skill gap isn't compressed, but I won't know until I watch the next tourney. You are entitled to your own opinion and I respect it, so if you choose to believe that the winner of this tournament is actually skilled, then go ahead. Whatever makes you feel better. As for me (and others), I will stay true to what I believe is competitive gaming.
I see that you were on of the people that were involved in the rule making. First of all, I just wanted to say that I do not have the intention of disrespecting or insulting how this tournament was made. With slight subjectivity, most of the criticism was objective. I do believe that it is universally understood that everyone should have had a say in the tournament. The reason why I know about this is because I have talked to several people from different teams about this.
The reason why no one spoke out before (Drop Zone I, Cargo) is because the community wasn't bothered enough yet. Like for example (again this a terrible analogy) when Billy tickles his little brother who hates being tickled, at first the little brother's like, "stop haha" but after a few more minutes of tickling he'll be like, "OK STOP DUDE DANG." The SWBFC, although a silent majority, are fed up with it.
As for being misinformed, I am not saying that I am 100% right about everything. However, I have talked to people from five different teams. They gave me the info and that's it. Like, cmon you know that its broken when there's a rule for triangles to be allowed and a large percentage of the community ask for gentleman's rules to take them out. I mean did they really want that? Where was their say?
I would like to say again that it is very difficult to organize the tournament, and you really have to appreciate the people that are passionate enough to deal with all the crap because can we agree that most gaming communities can be toxic? (lol) I do believe that your heart was in the right place and I respect what you're trying to do. I only meant to boycott until everyone had a say on not just the in-game rules but how the tournament was going to be ran, (map selections, admin selections, streamers, etc)
I am also aware that the next tournament will have voting implemented. I am excited for that tournament and anxiously waiting for the winner of that tournament.