Well, we've now been relegated again, so let's see how we do in tier 4. Fates of the universe be willing, we won't have such a problem with night-capping this time around, and there might actually be an even contest.
I find it funny that ArenaNet states they want "every player's time to be considered equal", when clearly night-cappers are far more valuable to their servers than prime-time players. If we presume 100 players nightcap the entirety of all 4 maps, even just for 4 hours, as Baruch Bay did last night; that equates to 695 pts every 15 minutes, multiplied by 16 to represent 4 hours, then divided by 100 gives each player a value of 111.2 pts
in that time-frame. De facto, this could equate to as little as an hour's work (maybe even less) if we assume some rotation between players on the server doing the night-capping.
If on the other hand, 300 prime-time players play for 4 hours solid, and take their fair share of 1/3 of each map, they score 231.67 pts per 15 minutes over the same 4 hours, at a final average of 12.36 pts
per player, and they probably have to play a lot longer and fight a lot harder for those same points.
So nightcappers are approximately 9 times more valuable
than prime-time players in this example, and they have to do less work for it. No wonder the night-capping servers are in the top tiers.
I don't blame the players on those servers for doing it though, especially the French-Canadians who had to roll on Vizunah for language reasons. The only group I explicitly disliked were RUIN Gaming, who clearly came to Desolation server to deliberately nightcap, despite what they said on their website. Their excuse that they were looking for "more competitive WvW than American servers could provide" was a joke. Did they all plan on getting up at 8am US-time to join in on EU prime-time? Surely most of the have work/school/college?
But the crux of the issue lies with ArenaNet
, not the nightcappers. Expecting people not to take advantage of free server transfers to nightcap is the equivalent of ANet leaving a pile of gold bars out unattended in the middle of the street and expecting nobody to steal them.