Although I am not competing at Choctaw, I would like it to be a success; one that paves the way for competitive Battleborn and future Battleborn tournaments.
However, I have significant concerns regarding its format. The most important one being the game modes. With the format being Meltdown, Incursion, Meltdown, the tournament is essentially a Meltdown tournament.
If a team is strong enough at Meltdown to not lose a game of Meltdown, they are guaranteed to win the tournament even if they forfeit every single Incursion match.
One may say that this situation doesn’t seem very likely, but it is much more likely (domination at Meltdown) when the majority of players especially from Xbox and PS4 play almost exclusively Incursion for competitive play. The population of Battleborn players on Xbox alone is significantly larger than the PC population. Needless to say that the PC population (of Battleborn players) is but a small minority when compared to both the Xbox and PS4 players combined.
Yet the PC players who play Meltdown as their main competitive mode have been given a massive advantage over the Xbox and PS4 players and this is excluding other factors such as skill level, etc.
The reason why this is important is because instead of bringing the competitive community together, this format is turning away the majority of such players. If Meltdown is to become the standard game mode played in tournament, then the majority of the competitive players should be playing it.
So what is the purpose of having Incursion in such a tournament? It’s the “tiebreaker,” but if Incursion is considered to be the inferior mode to Meltdown (competitively speaking), then why have a weak competitive game mode played in a competitive setting? Is it worth having Incursion just for the sake of variety?
If the answer to this question is yes, then it must also have sound competitive viability, otherwise it would not make sense to be played in a competitive setting. If it does have sound competitive viability to the point where Incursion only tournaments were previously played, then why must this change now? If Meltdown is also a solid competitive game mode by itself, then why aren’t there Meltdown only tournaments?
I do not believe it is a good idea to have multiple modes being played unequally. I think it would be best to have it be all Incursion or all Meltdown.
One way to appease both Incursion and Meltdown players is to have both of the tournaments run side by side (similar to how Smash tournaments would run both a “Singles” and “Doubles” tournament at the same event). Much like how the HGL tournament ran previously, it could be a best of 1, with finals (winners, losers, grand) being a best of 3 (double elimination). The only difference is that finals should be run on a separate day.
If such a change were to take place then players could end up participating in both tournaments, but not be forced to partake in the mode that they don’t play competitively. This could also increase the chance for Meltdown to become more popular since players would be able to play Incursion as their main tournament and try out Meltdown on the side (or vice versa).
Another benefit of this is how much more time efficient it would be. In the current format, playing against 2 teams in a best of 3 could lead up to 6 matches. In the proposed format players would be able to play 3 teams (as opposed to just 2) in both tournaments within the same time span. However, by having double elimination and both tournaments, teams would still have plenty of chances to do well (they would have to lose 4 times to be eliminated in both completely).
My second concern is specifically in regards to the available gear in the Choctaw tournament. There aren’t any sprint speed gear options available. This includes commonly used speed gear such as the High-Tailing “Boilermakers,” the High-Tailing “Greyhound,” and the Sketchy “White Lightning.” I do not agree with this decision and would like to know what the reasoning behind this is.
I really want Battleborn to succeed in every way that it deserves to. I don’t think the decision to make the tournament standard a Meltdown tournament was a good idea at this point in time. Please discuss.