Yes yes, I already know this idea will be mass hated but I still want to throw it out there.
Atlas… it’s basically mandatory at this point to have any hope of competing in the main game, unless you’re spending big. The atlas we have now is not the atlas that was first introduced. It is no longer the days of just diamond and a few sapphire teams hunting each other for sport. Most of platinum now has it, eventually, someday there may be more rollouts for the other platinum+ teams that dont have it. But lets face it, atlas is pretty much owed by the mega-alliances that can do whatever they like and lower league teams have pretty much zero chance of being able to stop them.
For many platinum teams (and maybe some sapphire teams ), they just want to exist and use atlas as a way to enhance the main game. Atlas is not a full time job to them. And before someone says it, no, finding a strong alliance is not the answer because then you’re just part of the monopoly and basically a meat shield. Especially this season I have seen many a diamond or upper sapphire team ripping apart smaller platinum teams on lv 2 land and then give those castles to people who’re obviously in their alliance.
My idea is to give teams the option to stay out of the politics of atlas if they so desire. Before a new Atlas season starts, leaders would need to decide if their team will participate in Atlas seasonal pvp or not. If they “opt in” then it works just like normal. No changes, they could go hit castles as they normally would that have also opted in. If they decide to “opt out” of the pvp then all of their castles are bubbled for the season (maybe at a cost of gold for each castle to be bubbled, if they cant pay for all their castles then they cant opt out). The bubble would be a different color than a normal bubble so there was no confusion of if that team was out or had simply been attacked.
This would mean that:
Other teams could come to your castle but could not attack it or block it just like during PvP events
Your team would be out of the ranking for that atlas season. None of your castles would count for points
Your team members could still earn glory in NML for badge chests and seasonal atlas lines but only from NML if they opted out
No one on that team could go to another castle that is owned by someone else unless it is part of their 5 team alliance and that team has also opted out.Teams in an alliance that opted in would also be off limits meaning you couldnt come help them or even go there and sit so this would need to be something an alliance talks about
members of that team could still go to NML and attack for glory or go to castles in safe zones but that is it.
A non bubbled team could give temporary access to their castle to a bubbled team if they add that team to their safe passage list. They could come to that castle but still could not attack it and once they’re removed from safe passage they will have to remove their primarch from that castle before they can do anything else in atlas
The names of these teams would not be shown on the castle or in any of their member’s primarch menus to anyone outside of that team or 5 team alliance
Possible other option: The opt out would only apply for lv 2 and 3 castles. 4 and 5 castles would still be attackable but only by teams who opted in to the season. So if my team opts out and has lv 3 and lv 4 castles, our lv 3 castles would be bubbled, our lv 4 castles wouldnt be bubbled, except during normal PvP times but we would still be opted out so no ranking points and no going to other people’s lv 4 or 5 castles. We could still defend our lv 4 castles should someone attack them
Im sure there’s other stuff I’ve missed
TLDR: Teams start the season with the option to bubble all their castles and stay out of Atlas PvP attacks other than in NML. No ranking points for their castles, no end of season ranking prizes, no worries about big alliances coming to take those castles to add to their collection and other teams could not see who you were in order to retaliate in the main game. Teams that wanted to participate in the politics of atlas could still do so
Waits for the “go play candy crush” comments.
Yes, this is war dragons. WAR Dragons, not Atlas Dragons, not Diamond League Dragons. The game has leagues for a reason. If PG is going to push atlas as hard as they do and basically make it a requirement then something needs to be done to break up the power hold of the upper teams.