NoJuuklassyGoing into how this affects the scene, I don’t think it’s healthy to isolate rulesets so that they differ even more between regions. Like we already have people complain about maps like Reckoner or Metalworks being less played in their respective regions. I know people might be getting less hopeful about LANs because of corona but I definitely wouldnt want to risk an NA, AU or AS team dodging an EU LAN because theyd have to bootcamp a completely different way the game is played for a month beforehand.Is the "International Scene" for TF2 even that important? It's maybe one or two teams from a different region at maybe one or two LANs a year. It seems to be that it'd be more important that players in each region are happy with the rulesets/plugins/formats of their region than deciding against a change because it'll negatively affect something that barely happens and is mostly an annual novelty.
If I were to predict the future I’d assume that they would reinstate the original ruleset for the next EU LAN so this kind of feels like a worthless experimental season but the changes werent controversial enough for anyone to bother making another thread begging admins to change their minds. Games just slower and it affects the international scene negatively imo.
So many people in this community play for the sake of playing or spectating live intercontinental LANs and the chance of seeing different regions clash. So yes I think most people deem it important.