So in a scene that is hanging by a thread, during a period with a quite literal once-in-a-lifetime set of circumstances allowing for an uptick in activity and motivation, ETF2L genuinely don't want to have a season for the next 6 months? For the purpose of loosely aligning with a LAN that may or may not happen, and one that there is no reasonable way of determining whether it will happen until 2021 itself? This is honestly a new level of mismanagement and self-harm from ETF2L, and that's coming from someone who went through a triannual cycle of bemoaning the questionable decisions taken in the past - all of which now seem completely trivial by comparison. Were it not for the fact that ETF2L have set a long-standing precedent for "questionable" decision-making, I would honestly suspect foul play.
I'd be very interested to hear exactly why aligning the timeframes of a hypothetical LAN and an ETF2L season justifies putting the scene on hold for half a year. Don't get me wrong, I can see the benefits but they are nothing more than a novel convenience, while the consequences could be absolutely devastating. We've had countless seasons in the past with poor overlap to their corresponding LAN events - it's not ideal but it's a hell of a lot better than having literally nothing for six months. Cups do not count, if you are going to purport the argument that they are an apt substitute for a season then I propose a simple solution to you: have an autumn/winter season, and then have a cup which corresponds with CHG 2021. Following the logic that cups are a fitting replacement for seasonal play, surely this is a completely acceptable solution with a far more optimal schedule.
We actually had a similar situation once where the admins did not want a season but the vast majority of the player-base did. The reasoning back then was that ETF2L did not want a season that ran through summer due to the interruptions vacations etc would cause, so instead we had an "interim" season. It wasn't a numbered season, instead it was just called AFS (all fucking summer) if I remember correctly. It wasn't recognised as an official season, but it was functionally the same and allowed the players/casters/viewers to maintain their usual habits. If ETF2L really won't see sense and revert their current decision, maybe some sort of modified season could be put in place akin to AFS, potentially with a shorter timeframe required. Either have less teams per division and therefore less matches, or trim play-offs significantly, but for the love of god just have some kind of season for people to play while you still can.