b4nnyI've already outlined how these changes do not reduce the fun of the game but instead they can expand it, and I've explicitly described the goal plus provided precedence/evidence that its an attainable one. From the years of playing with you, you've never had a very constructive or progressive mindset; your solution to most things has always been "remove this from the game" even years before anyone expected Valve to be listening. If others have a similarly toxic mentality and are solely motivated by money they should probably just follow your lead and quit now tbh.
I can promise you my fleeting "remove this weapon" comments in Mumble are not entirely representative of my balancing techniques. The crux of my "remove this item" comments is that most of these weapons are actually so stupid, it would be faster and more efficient to remove them than to actually waste your time fiddling with them so that you don't end up like tsar, who would not like to forfeit his fun for a potential gain years down the line, once he has lost interest. Believe it or not, others have agreed, which is why we have blacklists. Maybe Valve should fix their matchmaking client so that a lot of these adjustments can be made outside of the ESEA client? Perhaps matchmaking could become its own testing ground for these items, with a growing ecosystem of good players and the ability to create metrics for how underused, underpowered, or overpowered these weapons are in a 6v6 format. Oh, wait, haha :) Just another example of how people can't trust Valve to make a quality update in a timely manner and as a result, will not forfeit even a fraction of their fun for a fleeting dream.
As far as the money statement goes, you do not reserve the right to use money as an argument in a game where only you make money. The entire issue is so unbelievably fucking divisive, it makes me laugh that you could accuse people of only doing x or y for money, or even argue that doing x or y for money is a deplorable thing, when you are the only person in the game who makes a livable wage off of the game. Also, seeing as many of the community are in agreement with this toxic attitude, perhaps one day you could extradite the entire community?