Although I don’t play in the competitive scene, I’m a big fan of it, and I watch every scrim I can find with interest. That said, I really do hope the scene grows, and have hoped for some months, but I haven’t seen much expansion. I’ll support it either way though.
Even though your post mostly addresses concerns only clan members have to think about, I can completely see how your statements about (paraphrasing) member hoarding, and lack of variety in clans of similar skill level can affect the scenes long term growth.
The problem I see with all the best players being under the same banners is, who’s training the new guys? And the lower skilled teams just starting out in the scene? Sure the new clan’s, or makeshift teams, with less experienced members could become “farm clans” as KY put it, and get their ass kicked until they learn a thing or two, but is this the best way to develop a team, or develop a system of progression and growth?
Basically, I think there should be almost a mentorship program. I think KY has the right idea forming a small elite team of similar skilled guys that can play together regularly, but I also think that instead of top clans hoarding the best members as subs or extras, they should take on the mid, or lower skilled guys instead. Mentor them up, teach them about the effective tactics, setups, teamplay, and what exploits actually are and how to recognise, report and avoid them. how long do you think it would take for almost anybody to reach a high skill level with the right training and directions?
Right now, it feels like the best way to join a good team is to log a couple hundred hours of FFA duel, discover the magic of a combo feint, till you can drop a few of the good guys in a clan and catch their notice. Not many people have the spare time to do all that, or even the desire for that matter.
But if we want the scene the grow, we gotta keep inviting the new guys into it right?
To sum up my point, I just think the larger, high skilled clans should encourage their other guys to branch out, start new teams like KY did, but remain friends. Share a TS, whatever. You can still play together, scrim each other to practice, etc. But I also think that until they start inviting new blood to take part in the scene, and get experience alongside the best players, or we’ll just see the same names in the cup finals.
Either way, I support everybody playing in every Chivalry clan, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.