ITT, people thinking it insane to punish crimes different depending on severity.
Example: You rape and kill a 5-year old girl for fun, and you get life in prison.
Another person kill an assailant trying to rape him/her, and get 2 years in prison.
You then choose to make a big deal of this and demand equal treatment...
This is how Hydra and OB looks like now.
I do however think that the tourney will be less interesting this year, due to not having any defending champion, and I personally think they should allow Hydra OR OB to compete in the tourney; but I am not the least surprised by the decision of CCP, as Hydra and OB pretty much did all in their power to get banned from the tournament.
I don't have prejudice, I hate everyone equally.
and now CCP is deleting posts in the auction thread because a few people suggested that HYDRA or Outbreak should be given the 16th slot that wasn't sold today
I forsee this backfiring on CCP, if they keep this up it might just destroy the AT for them as a whole.
Page 19 post 375 in that thread was my personal favourite, really laid out the reasons why they got banned from taking part that even those most mongoloided of hydra(intigo) could understand.
Calling players pathetic on the official forums is pretty fucking woeful PR, and reeks of the same sort of hubris that cost CCP 20% of its staff. I doubt this'll cost them anything, of course, but it's just another indicator that CCP is losing its way. First they trample over their own sandbox, and then have the audacity to publicly hold players in contempt when they get justifiably pissed about it? Doesn't really bode well, particularly when it's the lead game designer taking potshots at the players. That sort of reflects on the company as a whole.
You whine that ccp doesn't let you sandbox all the ways you want?
So why don't you make youre own tournament? Gather own prices? Set up all the livestreams? Get all those financal-supporters?