A thing that nobody has little or no record of having happened over a long period of time is probably going to be evaluated as low likeliness.
I won’t agree with you that because it can happen it needs to be stopped. In my opinion, this game will probably never be in a place where the top 50 things to fix include things that might happen except in cases of such high impact as to end the game or drastically affect it vs a meaningful/timely patchat the time it becomes a problem. (Which we all grumble about but it’s not really unacceptable)
Do you have any kind of feel or estimate? Action requires measuring the problem. Also any change likely impacts people who aren’t currently impacted. You have to weigh that in too.
I don’t agree with you about it being dirty. Agree to disagree. Once a war has been declared, the team being declared on doesn’t get to decline. This is the one and only counter that exists. The merc’s base doesn’t need to be defeated. (Which is where the real Challenge would be)
Now If the person joined just before they were declared on, I would agree it’s dirty. Now you have to beat an unbeatable base. But you would have to either have advance warning/info about the future need (recently promoted) or would otherwise be indistinguishable from a permanent player. (Unbalanced teams are a thing I find to be against the intended mechanics but i dont see a good fix, and in the large picture it’s still correct, what isn’t correct is the league membership)
I will agree that this can be abused and maybe should be limited. I would also agree many teams won’t bother getting their own merc so the main counter isn’t necessarily fair.
100% of the mercs used on my team were diamond teams who we were actually battling their alt. Root cause might again be balance issues. I can tell you how many players prefer playing their alt then their main Which sits in a diamond team.
I agree but any datapoint is better than zero. I’d accept even perception at this point. Pg has better data on it. I don’t think that because it’s hard or the data won’t be perfect that we shouldn’t collect what we can. We just need to consider the source with all uses of it.