There is a difference between seeing something final and being told at least something of how it is currently planned and being tested. You can always put the caveat “but it might change a bit before release”.
For your example: If you confirmed today 5tas will be grouped together by relative power of the STRONGEST team (as was said before you just confirmed it to still be the case in development) well then that gives us more than a week to possibly find a new 5ta if we so choose. Just like individual people, groups of teams may not get along so it may not be as simple as join X 5ta because they are all about the same power and speak the same language.
With everything that has been said, it can only be assumed that now you need to choose your 5ta wisely based on highest power of a team. Which means, you cannot do things last minute. If a 5ta doesn’t work well together, well then it screws over all the teams in that 5ta because now they HAVE to be around each other to protect their castles for 3 months.
And that is only one lingering question that could be answered with relative ease on the status of development. I know how things work in development. I’ve seen many a plan at work, even though I’m just the tester not the programmer. Plans originally designed have to be modified significantly or even scrapped, issues arise that need to be accounted for, other system parts you thought didn’t need to be touched are determined needing to be changed with the original planned changes, etc.
Sometimes just a little confirmation on what exactly is still being changed and what isn’t goes a long way. The details can always come out later and may still end up being changed last minute. So far I have not seen any confirmation of any of the original things said that are still the case in testing or have been thrown out.
Yes, it is a big change because we have to look at what has been said which is very little. We look at what has happened lately and this massive change to the dynamic on the horizon with dread. We have no idea what to expect or even if the game will survive this. We have nothing telling us “X will not change with this update”.
So you can take this feedback to the team. Leaving any and all information until the release notes are dropped the Friday before release day will be a disaster. It will be even worse if we only get it on the Tuesday blog before the change on Wednesday. You need time for feedback on the changes before they go live. Feedback doesn’t happen in a day or two. You may find that what you spend all this development time for is downright hated by the players and you need to scrap it. Maybe there is just a small tweak that may need to be made. Maybe we will all love it. You won’t know that if you keep everyone in the dark unless behind a NDA.
One more thing, wary and worried customers are liable to not spend money on an unknown outcome. Many have commented about not renewing their Atlas Elite until more information is known. Some still will regardless as they don’t read the forums or team mails for that matter.