aslI think their intentions with casual were good but it has a few foundational flaws which never gave it a chance. I like the idea of enticing people to try in pubs but I think queuing is a bit ambitious. You should definitely be able to join servers and game modes of your choice, come and leave as you please, kick hackers, etc. I actually think part of it is throwing a bone to people who wanted 9v9.
Reddit is a fucking shitstorm rn and I hope the devs have enough trust in their original goals of what they wanted casual to be to try fix some of these problems before completely reverting it.
Having said that, Aus payload pubs are actually pretty legit, we're not really subjected to the "taunting f2p scrub cancer" pubs EU/NA pubbers always seem to complain about.
E: Also, wtf is new snake and what were they smoking when they came up with the new quickie stats.
You can still do all of those things by just finding a community pub server on the server browser that runs the map you want. I still don't get what Reddit people are angry about. Nothing is different. You can still browse for whatever you want. Maybe they're just too lazy to type a mapname. Not sure. There are so many servers out there.
It makes sense to punish people for leaving a competitive games. I think the only issue was calling it "casual" in the first place which might have given the wrong impression of what it actually is. I'm actually interested in a somewhat competitive 12v12. If people want to join a pub they can still do so. Just use the server browser and join whichever one they want. I don't understand. If anything it helps people who run communities. If people want certain things we can put servers up and put whatever plugins they want or remove what they don't want. Or as someone else said, Valve might bring back some of their servers for random pubs later on.
I agree with the quickiebomb though. No idea why they made an already OP weapon more OP.