I really like playing in the WGLNA Fantasy League, but ... the current format is COMPLETELY UNFAIR, which takes away meaningfully from the experience.
I propose one of the following changes to the Fantasy League.
Option #1 (preferred): Allow participants to pick 8 players, but only count fantasy points for the top 7. In effect, drop the lowest score.
Option #2 (2nd choice): Require teams to submit a starting line-up of seven players for the first map to be played in a match. Wargaming would then publish the starting line-ups to the Fantasy League website no less than 6 hours preceding a match.
Option #3 (least preferred): Preclude WGLNA and wargaming employees from participating in the Fantasy League.
Why do I think changes to the Fantasy League are required?
There are many factors that go into picking a fantasy league roster; however, the most important factor is selecting players that play. A player that does not play does not generate fantasy points, while a very poor performance by a player that actually plays will generate at least 100 fantasy points.
If information about the status of WGLNA players was available to the entire World of Tanks community, I would have no objection to the current WGLNA Fantasy format. However, it's not. WGLNA players and Wargaming employees have a distinct advantage as they know, or are in a position to know, if a player will be playing in match or not.
The three options listed above curb the meaningful advantage enjoyed by WGLNA players and Wargaming employees by: 1) precluding them from playing; 2) providing player status information to all WGLNA Fantasy League participants; or 3) greatly reducing the informational advantage of WGLNA players and wargaming employees by mitigating the consequences of selecting a WGLNA player that "unexpectedly" does not play.
At present, the top 3 Fantasy League participants are indeed WGLNA players (i.e. Wallhacks, T1_Diabetic, mereelskirata). Coincidence ... I think not. Note that for the matches held on February 11, Wallhacks (Apex) T1_Diabetic (Eclipse) and Rockstarx1 (caster) benefited substantially from the knowledge that Vetro has not playing in advance of his transfer from Eclipse to Apex next week. Wallhacks, T1_Diabectic and Rockstarx1 selected Eclipse player NOnickNoskill (note: only selected by 9% of fantasy league participants) instead, while over 70% of fantasy league players picked Vetro. NOnickNoskill went on to score 436.1 fantasy points, while Vetro received zero as he did not play. Clearly, knowledge of Vetro's status was unknown to the community at large and at least 2 WGLNA players and 1 caster benefited substantially from privileged information (i.e. as members of Apex and Eclipse, Wallhacks and T1_Diabectic knew that Vetro was not playing, while Rockstarx1 let it slip that he knew about Vetro's transfer during the broadcast of February 11).
That's my two cents. I am curious what others think. I am not wedded to my point of view. The argument "life is unfair, suck it up" is completely acceptable. Nevertheless, if Wargaming is seeking to create a Fantasy League experience that is "fair", changes are needed.
Edited by RayBus, Feb 12 2017 - 19:25.