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I never said that, nor do my complaints even imply that rgb 4 is a bad thing to exist. I am, however, concerned about the direction that the lan is moving towards. This partnership gains the competitive lan community nothing: no stage for tournament play, no extra prize pools, no special announcers, while causing some minor and major annoyances. No reserved seating, effectively in the middle of a convention hall that doesn't have a focus on competitive gaming, and a slightly late announcement for when the event is occurring are all minor grievances, but they are all easily ignored/dealt with. The major annoyances are however going to hurt some people who want to go to this event. Ticket prices are probably going to be very close to $100 (normal TMG tickets are $55) confirmed to be $75 just to attend and the normal hotels are already booked so expect an extra $100 in hotel room and transportation to the event as well.
There are plenty of people who go to RGB just to screw around with friends, and for them, this partnership is amazing. Those who love the midnight madness events and the team color memes are in for a wonderful experience with all of the extra features. However, that isn't what makes this lan special to me; it is the only competitive focused lan that a large group of TF2 players go to that is on the East Coast. I am worried for whether the lan will support TF2 and more importantly, enable all the players that want to go to be actually able to go in the future.
I’d just like to take the time to say; I appreciate all the hard work and the many hours that have gone into this from all the RGB staff and Fragile over the years and nothing you guys change or do to this LAN will make it unmanageable for the majority of the community. Please keep doing what you’re doing and we know you will give us the best result possible for TF2.
I don't know the politics that were involved with the death of gxl, but the staff that resurrected the lan into rgb have done a wonderful job and I am truly gracious that they are able to put together the event and keep it going into its fourth iteration. However, my concern for competitive tf2 at rgb is precisely the reason I made the post.