Today the DPS Channels faced some crossroads.
The situation did build up over quite some time but let me put it into a nutshell for you:
We have a group of Admins that is relentlessly attacking Teamplay and certain builds as cheating. Primarily going after recluse supporters.
Neglecting the fact that in a Teamgame other players will make a difference for you - flying with people you know will usually be more fun than flying with a random group. Also everyone is getting more used to the runs and the overall performance of the team will increase.
If you think you shame yourself by bringing a team to the table then you might want try a solo mission instead.
This is about enabling people to play to their full potential, enjoying the game with friends - not getting held back by a line that only exists for a few.
We think this is a good development. It is the logical next step after optimizing your build and playstyle to keep on improving and achieving what is not possible if everyone is only building around themselves. The Team should be greater than the sum of its parts.
Playing a support class might not be glorious on the damage charts, but it can be a lot fun as well.
Under no circumstance are builds to be excluded from the official list just because someone doesn't like them.
If something is truly too strong, as they claim, everyone will use it and everyone will have an easier time finishing the mission- so everyone is winning.
Obviously there are some limitation to this - cheating should never be encouraged. But as long as you are within the bounds of the game and find something that works better than something else, you should go for it and tell others about it.
Help everyone to improve. That was the major goal of the channels, which is now being defeated by some of the Admins, as they don't want to develop to the next step: Teamplay and Team-setups.
As they won't stop attacking the teamplay aspect, or for the matter- anything else they don't like:
In the interest of every player that wants to become better at the game, increase his knowledge and even try out different stuff, we see no other alternative than to recreate the Channels in the light of becoming better at the game and becoming a better gamer - with teamplay.
Getting better is not a journey for one person, but creating friendships and playing together is a major aspect of that. If you deny the impact a team has in a teamgame, you are passing on a lot of your potential because you decided you don't like it.
But that can never be a general rule - banning recluses, Healers, Tanks and Scimitars is not the answer.
If someone actually puts in all the time and effort to run with a dedicated group his results will be his results. And usually he will have quite some fun doing it.
The new channel structure will be:
DPS-Bronze (former 10k)
DPS-Silver (former 30k)
DPS-Gold (former 50k)
DPS-Diamond (former 75k)
This change will also allow for easier adaptation of the channels in the future.Channel invites should be done, so nothing really changes, simply accept the new invites.
Should someone miss his invite contact @Felisean or @Ezri_Carter
If you were in 50k, you should already have recieved the appropriate channel-invites
The Wizards of STOedit: The CLR and the shown DPS League are part of these newly founded channels