Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:20 PM
I would say a large majority of players don't much care what tier they are on.
They guilds that care, ARE the PvP guilds. As would be expected, PvP guilds look for like minded PvP focused guilds. These guilds will congregate on a number of server (Maybe the top 6)
If a PvP guild ends up on a server where 95% of the other player base is casual PvP, or all PvE, then they will not be happy, and they will not stay, they will move to a place where they know like minded guilds are, and will have their back.
Eventually the movement will stop for the major PvP guilds, and I believe it already has, for the most part. A server losing their PvP guilds will most likely be the result of the server not having enough support in 1 or more time zones, or a server not having enough support in the time zone the PvP guild is playing in. I can say from experience, it sucks being able to only cover 1 of 4 PvP zones, because no other guild in the NA slot wants to PvP.
If you are not an active PvPer, then why do you care what tier you are on? Eventually your server will come to rest in a tier were there are two other servers that have players that are equally interested in PvP and PvE. If that is tier 5, tier 6, tier 3, whatever, why do you care? When you want to PvP, it is there. If you don't want to PvP, noone will care, because your server will still most likely do near as well as the other servers you are facing.
We have already come to the point where we are balancing out based on server strength Overall look at the ratings, only ET and HoD continue to fall. DB a little bit.
I believe that there will be fewer transfers over all going forward, as a balance is being reached at this point. I am sure there will be a lot of movement when a wide swath of PvP players tire of GW2 and move on to the next game, but that is the evolution of all games. Until that time, things are balancing nicely.
I am a PvPer, if I had to be chained to a server where noone supported me, I would quit the game. So you would lose me anyway. GW2 would rather keep the player and let him go find like minded people, then force him to stay on a server where eveyone else is farming Halloween candy, or thanksgiving turkeys.
It is the other players that find pride in where there server ranks, without putting in the requisite effort needed to maintain that ranking, that seem most upset about the moves. For a PvPer like me, I could care less. As long as I know others on the server are supporting my goals of world domination, then I am happy. Win or lose I am happy.
What pisses me off are the folks that don't PvP much, that do not have a lot of support or representation in PvP coming on the boards and whining about people moving servers. A good server, with good WvW support will not lose guilds, unless there are a bunch of asshats running around. (Excluding HoD, which was only good because of the guilds that were on it, and those guilds then decided to make the game more competitive across multiple servers.)
If your unhappy with your servers tier ranking, go to WvW and fight to change it. If you can't change it, then accept it or move to a server with like minded people.
Do not try to tie me down to a server I do not want to be on, because I am not forced to play this game. I play this game because I enjoy it. The moment I, and my guild, do not. We will leave. Tying us to a server with no support would just end up with us /forcequiting .