zx37What if the S6 preseason map testing cup determined the map (not maps) to potentially be added in S7, instead of S6? The map could be run in pugs and scrims during S6 so that people were used to it and ready for it when it came out.
Who is going to run these pugs? Who will want to scrim those maps? It's hard enough getting players to scrim new maps in the current season, let alone getting them to pug/scrim the maps in the season after. The argument of; "just playtest in scrims and pugs" is so naive.
I think the idea is that if RGL would be forward enough to say they will add X map to the map pool the season after next, it would allow time for players and teams to become much more accustomed it. I agree that its a pain to find good (or any, really) playtest groups, but this is different.
Allowing more time between a map being announced as officially in the map pool and game-day would be appreciated by pretty much everyone IMO. Even though newer teams might avoid scrimming them, and invite teams might just perma-ban them, giving a seasons worth of heads up seems miles better than this. Players shouldnt feel like they are being surprised by the league, or that the league is working against them. Giving a seasons gap would even make some people look forward to that season, instead of feeling like the current one just got thrown a curve ball. Not even valve does CSGO map pool changes in the best way IMO.
Of course its easy to arm-chair quarterback the league admins, and tell map makers to "just polish it" or "just make it better", and thats not what Im trying to do.