Sounds like tinfoil theory, doesn't it?
Thing is, however, that WG apparently failed so hard with making balanced teams, that te only way they found to make it look less disastrous was... to cheat. The cheating became apparent due to maintenance downtime - the servers went down for update but the COTE counters... didn't.
And - behold the miracle - team Water apparently has their own backup server because while team fire's, say, aggregated damage remained the same steady 37 626 620 784 for the whole time I've been writing this post - the same can't be said about team water. Despite servers being down these guys somehow managed to score quite a few thousand damage in the meantime!
Wanted to give a comparison of the exact values but, unfortunately, right as I was done writing the rest and started writing down the number, they both ticked for the first time in a while, meaning (probably) that matches resumed and the artificial points once again drowned in the flood of real ones.
However, I've heard that some people did manage to take screenshots of the counters - would much appreciate if they link them here to show this miracle of point creation. I'm pretty sure WG owes us an explanation of WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE.
I could understand many questionable ways to balance the event like, say, denial of ability to join winning team if it's also more numerous. This would, in essence, be a way to create as even teams as possible. What they did, however, wasn't an attempt at having Water team be less disadvantaged - it was outright rigging where the points accumulated no longer represent the reality because WG added some points of their own. Frankly, I probably wouldn't have believed if I haven't seen it with my on two eyes how only one counter was updating...
It was cheating, plain and simple. Not even WG-sanctioned cheating. Not WG-allowed cheating. It's an event where supposedly the players accumulate points... only they don't because WG can add their own points, or - why not - subtract the points from one team or even just set whatever point values they want. We wouldn't even notice if all numbers were just updating according to some slightly randomized algorithm without player contribution counting at all!
Fortunately for us, the update happened and WGs approach to cheating was so primitive that it became apparent as the servers went down. So, I have a question, what WG has to say about this.
And, since I'm no expert on the matter, I have a further question, namely: is such a thing even legal? I don't think it is, seeing how WG created an event, described the rules and then broke them.
Edited by eliastion, 20 April 2017 - 07:44 AM.