I believe the initial intent for tier 6 clan wars was to enable small new clans and new players a taste of clan wars. It allows them a chance learn the basics of clan wars (mostly how the map actually works) and help them with recruiting. Once a clan becomes large enough and good enough to hold multiple provinces they should move on to tier 8 and then 10.
I believe tier 6 gets it bad reputation for the following reasons:
First, tier 6 is heavily dependant on RNG. 7v7 is too small and a single high roll, low roll, or lucky ammo rack can change the outcome of the entire battle regardless of which clan is actually better skill wise. This often upsets good players who lose to a clan they are clearly better than just because RNG made it so.
Second, the selection of meta tanks is very limited. You either see everyone running fast bois or the entire team camping in a corner with derp guns. Any other composition of tanks is almost a guaranteed loss. In addition the tanks at tier 6 are not balanced that well. The cromwell seems to the tank that fits all roles and positions. Also in higher tier clan wars unless it is an arty or an ammo rack you never see a tank getting 1 shot by an enemy tank. The lack of suitable tanks for clan wars leads me to my third point.
There is no real strategy here. Any strategy, no matter how good, can and will be ruined by RNG. At tier 10 and even tier 8 if one of your ally tanks gets ammo racked with the first shot you can still salvage the situation, but it is nearly impossible at tier 6. Even if RNG was taken away what you can do with 7 tanks is very limited. When the fighting begins, the team with all its tanks together will beat the team with its tanks spread out 9/10 times. In higher tier clan wars it is important to outnumber the enemy tanks in a brawl, but there is often several brawls going on simultaneously so you can spread your tanks out more, and form different groups.
As mentioned above in previous posts, the attitude of the clans at this tier is poor. You see veteran players rolling over newbies for months. It is understandable to have your fun and roll over the newbies for a little bit, but come on how long is rolling over newbies going to entertain you. Also you spend a lot of time grinding influence to roll over newbies and there is no real payoff for it. There is no real gold income on tier 6, not that tier 8 or 10 are doing too well these days.
This point I think gets overlooked by long time players of tier 6 clan wars. This point is that tier 10 is more fun than tier 8 and tier 8 is more fun than tier 6, that is if you can win. I think a lot of the top clans at tier 6 are scared of challenging themselves. They get comfortable at tier 6 and do not want to grow and challenge themselves. Or they do challenge themselves lose a couple of battles and give up. Sure switching over from tier 6 to tier 8 is a huge challenge, but the reward is worth it. It is more enjoyable
My final point is clan wars was initially intended to be an endgame thing for players with tier 10 tanks. It gives players a reason to grind out tier 10 tanks and something to do with them. Now we see players accumulating all the tier 6 tanks and not grinding down the lines any further. Tier 6 and even tier 8 are not end game tiers and in a sense take away from what clan wars once was and from the current tier 10 clan wars.
I read that you are concerned about the credit loss at higher tiers. It is true that you may end up at a credit loss after a tier 10 or 8 cw battle, but this should not be an issue. 1 there are usually less battles at the higher tiers due to the number of people required for each team. 2 its probably because you are only using only 'gold' ammo and are losing the match, which if you only use 'gold' ammo at lower tiers and lose you will also operate at a loss. 3 if you run 2 or 3 games of fast bois in strong holds afterwards running a typer-64 or cromwell b it should be more than enough to cover your losses. The time it takes to run 2 or 3 fast bois is probably the amount of time between your cw matches or even less time.
TL ; DR Tier 6 clan wars is meant for new clans to learn how to do clan wars, which it doesn't really do. Clans stay at tier 6 and don't progress to higher tiers. It is not really an endgame if it is tier 6 or 8.
Edited by Jimmy53722, Jul 19 2016 - 20:24.