Update: Alright everyone, after calling a meeting to discuss feedback. I presented the arguments you’ve made in this thread (and others), and we settled on the following plan.
First we want to thank you for your impassioned feedback, thoughtful suggestions on tweaks and fixes, and patience as we’ve taken a long and strange journey so far regarding this shuffle.
Second, we will be taking the learnings that we have gotten via the forum, in-game survey, etc. and we will be applying those to the next version of the shuffle, which will most likely happen early next year (the team has not committed to a timeline, so this is just a guess).
Third, we will be issuing a full revert to the old map tomorrow and canceling this limited time run. One of the things we wanted to make sure to get right was fairness, and it was obvious we could not defend the position we would put certain teams in - even if only for a short amount of time. Tomorrow, in order to run the unshuffle, we will be taking Atlas down for a period of time TBD - we will send out in-game mail as a notification. Please let your teams know.
On a personal note: for those of you with clear and measured responses, know that it was your efforts that helped me to deliver clear and concise arguments and points to the team. The Atlas Team was very receptive to those arguments, and worked together to come to a decision that we thought was the most just.
We are listening to you.
We will have more information for you tomorrow regarding Atlas down time and any other tidbits we have to share.
Alright, I’m going to go for a run because I’ve been working on this for y’all for like 3 days straight - and then when I come back, I’ll put the blog post up for the Verdant Mythics.