I've been told this is a genuine question and not just a way to farm upfrags, which I kinda doubt, but there might be some other people who actually do wonder this so I'm willing to answer.
Yes, we didn't want to play invite last season, since our scout didn't want to play, and we had to constantly find different players and subs which made for a difficult environment. Also, I heavily disagree with how the admins handled the situation, being told they didn't care if our team died we weren't allowed to play adv made a really shitty impression for a paid league. Having spoken to them since then, it's my understanding they no longer plan to do that to teams in the future so at least some good came out of the scenario.
As for actually playing invite, our team didn't really have a problem with that so much as just the shitty situation of constantly having to find and pay for players and subs throughout the season. Most of our players have invite experience, so it's not like we didn't know what to expect. We also played some matches which I'm proud of, specifically our matches vs g6, 1738, and the second mustard match. It also surprised me how kind most of the other invite players and teams were, specifically b4nny, ash, trip, exile, kronge and jug dealers. They had no real obligation to be kind to a bottom invite team, but it made a big difference to me at least personally.
Talking about our record, we went 0-18, which I'm sure underlies a lot of the criticism of us trying to play invite again. For sure, I'm not sure we'll make it through quals since there are lots of other good teams, and in that case we would just play adv and aim for next season. I don't know if people think we have massive egos or are unaware of our record, we just want to play the highest level we can and improve as a squad. It's also really important to me playing with people who would be willing to stick around for the future, this season I met mak and he's like one of my fav people now in this community and I'm really excited to play with him again (mak noob).
Finally some other topics I might as well talk about here, first talking about our switch from guy to alfredodan. The main reason we swapped was me and guy did not mesh very well. He made lots of demeaning comments about me as a joke, since he knew it upset me, and we couldn't resolve our problems. I know not everyone on our team had a problem with it, but it just made our environment very bad at times and after swapping to dan, we had a lot more success. Overall, I think he's on a better team, our team got better so I'm happy with our decision. Another thing I've commonly heard is how I'm 'emo' or 'kill teams', which I frankly find ridiculous. The last 3 seasons, I've kept all my teams alive, 2 of them being 0-18 teams, and I honestly don't think many other people could do that or keep being motivated to play.
This season wasn't ideal but I'm proud of what we did accomplish, go next