Though the implementation would change things up a bit, they are really just buying time, month long events? Really?
Same crappy sPvP capture the point? No concrete details on a proper ladder and another delay for WvW.
Var, I'll agree with everything you said, but no way I'm going to be sympathetic or forgiving.
Still the only redeeming fact is that its free to play.
The new map doesn't seem to be KotH/CtP like other maps, this seems to be specifically designed to answer the "no other formats" issue while keeping the general frame work of what sPvP has been so far, and that is a point system but not based on KotH/CtP like everything else but CtF. Actually, I'm not even sure how you got CtP from the preview unless it follows WoW's Eye of the Storm battleground but if that is the case then CtP points would be completely minimal to the CtF aspects, otherwise there'd be no real point to the CtF aspect. Portal is going to need to be adjusted or they may as well just delete the damned thing.
If you follow the sPvP community, you'd know that player ranking has already been stealth introduced as has an invisible ladder system to go along with the system to make an overall matchmaking environment in the past week of 1v1 paids. There's actual life in that arrested coma patient and game pops are nigh instant and players have wandered back into the fold. The use of Khylo next is a good following step, and dismissing Capricorn as a map that never happened is another good step.
Once they polish the maps and introduce full map rotation which, looking at the time line, should be about completed by the time this update rolls out, then the 1v1 will be pretty set as a solid base work for a competitive environment. Matchmaking, rankings, and ladders are pretty much already in the game, they are just invisible at the moment.
There are some other restrictions and fixes that need to be made to really fix up the format but this is a great start. Having an update with this in it is anything but bad even if its late.
I don't see why you or any one would need to be sympathetic or forgiving.
These crapdates are starting to be nothing but launch features delayed.
Guild Events is certainly new and, as I said, could be rather substantial even if, in words, they are all of a paragraph.