Some of you reading this may find the whole premise ridiculous; but I urge you to approach this discussion with an open mind and clear sense of logic.
I have spent the vast majority of my 18 months on this game in Platinum leagues. I have been part of a newly created team, a merge, I’ve even been a refugee afloat in the Platinum sea after my team sank to the depths. In my time in Platinum I have watched as one team or another -no matter what ties bind it’s founders, no matter how vigorous and motivated the team members- make the push in to Plat; where they stall, fester, and ultimately die. This is certainly not the case for all teams, but I believe that most of us with eyes can agree that it has been occouring all too frequently. I might go so far as to say this is becoming more commonplace as new players join, and veterans players retreat from the competition of the higher leagues. To my eye, it seems that at least half of all teams in the Platinum leagues are struggling daily to build and maintain a reliable team of 50.
From personal experience I understand the internal battle of the officers and notable players of a failing team. Pride and optimism, or a sense of loyalty to those we’ve flown with can drive a team to hang on even when hope has flown.
“We can do it. We just need to recruit and replace one alt at a time. It might take a while, but we’ll get there. ”. How many of us have read or written similar messages? But does our drive to maintain the comfort of the status quo blind us to the truth? Do we really have a shot?
For the teams who are constantly topping out at 230 flames in wars. The teams where several players must maintain multiple alts to keep their team off the dinner table. The teams who have turned on their auto accept and are just praying to be stumbled upon by a “not too bad” candidate. For the teams where one Obsidion flyer is getting into arguements with their family or spous because the only way for their team to win wars is for them to sit with their device for hour upon hour to back runs. For all of the officers who have gotten mid way into a merge negotiation that fell through because neither party could agree on which team would live on.. Is it really worth it? How long will you let your team limp around like a wounded animal? Pride is known as the deadliest of sins for a reason.
So here it is:
I urge the leaders and prominent members of all the struggling Platinum tier teams out there to honestly evaluate their team’s position. Some teams are struggling more than others, but we can help one another. If a team comes together in an honest and logical debate, untainted by pride and pretty feelings, and reaches the conclusion that they are, in fact, only 50% of a team–it’s time to face facts. Any officer of experience (in Plat) can tell you that recruiting is hard. Getting one or two solid members from a recruitment thread is a good haul. Several is rare. To recruit half a team is very near impossible. Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon those teams, those leaders, to make a sacrifice for the greater good of all.
It’s a simple enough concept: A team which has perhaps only 25-30 solid players or less can not survive in Platinum. So why not establish contact with multiple other Platinum teams; those who perhaps need “just 5 more solid players for a good team”? Break the failing team up into factions, and send one to each team to bolster their ranks. Yes, I am essentially asking for volunteers for sacrifice.. Once the initial distaste of the concept fades away, consider the benefits.
If that one team of 20-30 struggling, miserable players was humble and courageous enough to break into 4-6 factions; they could solidify the ranks of as many teams. The players of each team involved would not only reap the benefits of true teamwork and cooperation, but the likely alliance which would be fostered through their new common ties. Not to mention the excitement of meeting new people, while still having the ability to maintain friendships and rivalries with former team mates. You begin with half a dozen struggling, frusterated teams, and end with five solid teams who are once more able to enjoy the game with mates they can depend on, and immediate strong connections to several comparable teams. Sounds like a no brainier?
Player satisfaction in WD seems to be hitting a low. While we players have no control over many issues in this, we have the power.. If your team is unhappy, be honest with yourselves. Step up, leave your fears and pride aside, and seize happiness for yourself!
I think I’ve pontificated quite enough now. May the debate begin.