After discussing with Jagged and Tagada (and some others), my memory got refreshed and remembered not long ago Tokyto, Jagged, and I coordinated to host a tournament with the goal of giving balance testing/evaluation a more fun path rather begging someone to play "fafbeta" mod.
Here is one of the events I helped set up (and sadly did not play whomp whomp): https://forums.faforever.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=15958
So, in good nature, I would like to propose resurrecting this concept, and possibly make it a standard so the community gets a chance to provide real feedback to the balance team. Their testing and methods are mostly behind closed doors (it is boring and lengthy according to them, not fun to watch) so maybe this will help.
With how infrequent balance updates are, I do not have a problem hosting this at all. If more want to help out - great!
Petric, as balance councilor, what do you say to working together on this? I would think it does 2 things:
- Cuts down on "der der der I don't get where these UPDATES came from!" posts here in the balance forum
- Give some unique perspective on testing with a larger group.
Since a large focus of the next update is for SACUs, maybe a 4v4 or 3v3 with ridiculous reclaim maps would make for an interesting focus.
Just trying to help keep the community informed, let me know what you guys think.