I love the idea of ingame lobbies for highlander. It is better then throwing some noobs into a 6v6 lobby, imo.
I do not think ESEA needs to change shit. If Robin does not want to watch 6v6, so be it. This will not grow the game in any way we want it to grow.
This season is the best map pool, the largest, and the lobby news is awesome, why throw it all away just to get a few people interested in the game.
Why don't we just turn on random crits as well. Look at all the Pub players. Look at all of them playing in random crit servers. If we added random crits, they would come to us.
Essentially the mindset to change 6v6, just replace random crits with more unlocks.
It's like if the NBA league manager said, "You know what? These damn NBA rules are too strict... Look at all those kids playing basketball in the street, to grow the NBA we should just switch to their ruleset and we will grow!"
That's not saying that there isn't a place for random crits/ begger's bazooka/ Street ball, but that that place isn't part of a organized league.
Lets say they start a TFTV league with said rules... The line up would be 1 scout, 1 soldier, 2 demos, 2 meds. Maybe one med switches to scout/soldier if it is strategically viable. You are playing on Gpit, that new A/D map, Granary, badlands, Viaduct, ???, Turbine, ???
There is a valid argument about maybe taking a second look at some of the unlocks. And trying to find new ways to use what old unlocks we have, but to try and 'pubify' 6v6 would be a mistake. Robin, in the end, is just one game designer who needs one thing from you:$$$. I doubt he really cares what 6v6 is. Don't decide to screw around with the game just because he says so -_-
And I'll be honest here. I'm not even in open. I'm a roamer in UGC 6s who hopes to play open next season. Now this makes me a complete shitter right now, but I would hate to see this community go to hell before my first season in ESEA -_-