Didn't read the whole thread, but I have an idea to get more people into WvW on a regular basis.
EB has enough populace, but queueing happens anyway and it might get more people into borderlands while waiting.
Stonemist: World dragon event once per day, to shake things up. Dragon comes at random time during the day...or maybe a 3 hour window to keep it from spawning subsequently around reset on occasion. Windows might not work because everyone will port in and queue up for EB just during those hours, and those who can't get in are going to whinge. Maybe a 12 hour window? Peak times for the servers playing? Who knows.
Once this event occurs, all gates into stonemist open. All players in EB are friendly. All entrances to other towers and keeps remain shut, nobody can enter (in case spies get crafty). Portals are disabled, in case spies get REALLY crafty. Battle commences. It takes about an hour. World chest drops with precursor chance maybe at a quarter that of the Ancient karka chest. (this makes precursors easier to get, something Anet was "promising".) 10 minute countdown before gates close, all players once again turn hostile to opposing server players, with invunlerability buff until the end of the countdown. So you can either get out, go back to defending your towers/keeps, or you can battle-royale for Stonemist control. Last server standing gets the goods. The Castle Lord remains allied with the server who had control prior to the event, to give that server an advantage. He can also serve as the "general" for the encounter, giving instructions, etc.
Smaller, standard world chest dragon encounters with similar mechanics in the borderlands garrisons. Maybe Claw of jormag scale. Maybe pick a keep for it to attack, randomly.
None of these chests drop badges. They're already too easy to get, and with a royal rumble like that you're going to be getting a ton of badges anyway.
This would spice things up quite a bit. Use it as a lead-in for the next dragon we're going to face. Considering WvW is part of PvE exploration, one can claim that it's accessible for champion dragons as well.
Just a thought. It would make WvW a little more exciting, and a LOT more enticing to non-hardcore WvW'ers. And the hardcore WvW'ers can get something other than the EB puzzle chest to get their goodies. Because right now, WvW rewards are minimal at best for the time spent and the skill involved (here come the "no skill in a zerg" crowd). Which is why it needs saving in the first place.
Edited by AKGeo, 07 January 2013 - 12:15 PM.