RE: Upcoming Changes & Downtime
All great changes ....
We also have many other more involved changes to the tournament system in the works, including new "allowed cards" options, and new formats, and we will keep the community updated on our progress with those as they get closer to being ready for release.
I know some are suggesting limit the lower league to the restriction of those who are ranked Silver and below but I don't think that will work as currently lvl 1 cards can reach gold and it wouldn't be fair to exclude someone with lvl 1 cards from entering lvl 1 tournametns. Doing so will likely get new players who are skilled excluded to play in the only tournaments they have a chance at winning. It also wouldn't be fair to lock out part of the game to those who paid for the full game. I for one want to play the odd bronze tournament here and there.
My suggestion for the lower league tournaments is the same as it always been. Add new tournaments that are restricted to new players. This can be done a number of ways but the two that come to mind are:
(1) Every new account that purchases the $10 starter pack gets X amount of new player tournament tickets that are non transferable. These tickets would be for a tournament that can be properly named New Player Tournaments that requires the new player ticket to enter.
(2) Introduce new player tournaments that only accounts no older than 3 months can enter. The new player tournaments should all take place in the novice league so all new players can join and not just the ones who spent the most.
The suggestion above creates a $10+ barrier before abuse can take place. These tournametns don't need to be in abundance as creating too many will increase the odds of abuse. Instead I would suggest having two a week 12 hours apart on Sundays using the same start time each week (consistancy is important for those who are busy and want to schedual time to play their favorite games). Possibly even a total of 3 New Tournaments on Sunday / 6 hours apart from each other.
Why two on the same day you ask, so you can cover time zones. Why on Sunday, I ran many online tournaments in my day and Sunday tournaments always seem to bring in more players than any other day of the week. These new player tournaments would also be a great affiliate tool for those of us trying to sign up new players.