smzi6s doesnt really evolve the skilllevel just drops heavily and divisions get filled with lower division teams
also season 13-15 were quite good tbh always roughly 4 teams battleling it out with epsi being ahead for first spot
You're right about the skill level dropping, but I believe it only applies to prem and will only be shit for 1 season. The summer season is always the worst because people have exams and then want to go on holiday instead of playing TF2. But I think prem will start to look like a new, different and potentially better beast in S19, some div 1 teams will have had a chance to prove themselves and some prem players will return.
There are some really motivated players that have been hovering around d2 and d3 for a while now because there is no room to move up. The average skill level of the whole ETF2L scene has been constantly increasing, I've played 3 seasons in div 3 now and the competition was better every time. Prem may be shit this season, but the rest of the scene is a step above what it was last season.
TaroIt's not a bad thing, it gives room for new talent to move up.
Not as easy as that, there has been VERY little new talent moving up and actually being worth anything, I think the most recent examples are probably Shadowburn & fl1p. There is quite a bit of dead weight in div1/prem where people have been able to get in a team around that level without actually improving or trying to improve.
In my opinion Shadowburn and fl1p are really interesting players, because not only have they improved every season, but they've improved at a much faster rate than everybody else - they really are the definition of upcoming talent.
I think there are players who have been improving (especially in div 1), just not at a fast enough rate to become stand out players and be let into prem - so instead they're in div 1 doing it the old fashioned way trying to beat everyone else in their division. I honestly think LEGO will finish mid d1 this season.
What I'm trying to get to is that people are confusing fewer good teams in prem and d1 as a sign the whole scene is shit. But actually the top teams in d1 and prem are no worse than in the past, it's only some mid/low d1 and prem teams that contain the dead weight.