I find the extent of the change in this impossible to fathom. 5 hours was never realistic and I advocated for its change.
5 minutes is ludicrous and does not allow a team under attack to react.
This will affect the smallest teams who have not built infrastructure. It enables bullying behaviour where a stronger team can mow through a collective of smaller teams without recourse.
Gatekeeper roles, where a stronger team would shelter weaker ones by holding the gate to the area is now pointless, you can’t trap the attacking team by putting the shield back in place as soon as popped.
As a team who works with many smaller teams I am horrified at what I have seen over the weekend.
Why are these patches released without notice and debate, who chose 5 minutes? Let me guess the biggest team who stand to gain uninhibited access to all corners of the map?
Panda would regularly come and ‘scout’ all the bases in the area, and suicide to get away from the 5.5h blockade. Now Panda can scout at will, moving on every few minutes. You may never know you’ve been scouted!
Please please please make an urgent change to make the lowest time 30mins. And scale it to 2.5 hours max.
Please put the protection of the weakest teams, or at least giving them a fair and reasonable warning / level ground from which to defend, as a top priority!
You have stated that you are focussed on bringing more balance to atlas. I think this change (the extent of it) has achieved the opposite.