Originally Posted by RCIX
Honestly, the old players/teams need to retire. As in, not play in in the formal competitive tournament. They can have fun games and even mentor players if they want but we need to get them out so a new era of players can be ushered in.
To be honest I'd had a similar thought, although in a much more compromising vein, when I saw that 'mentor' topic floating around. (After all in competitive anything no matter how much the old guard may be considered 'old hat', you cannot simply say 'Okay, out.' That's quite unfair to them. However I agree they should be an end goal to be conquered; not a 'Welcome to Boot Camp Day 1' hazing stick to bash newbies around with. For the full comparison; does Riot welcome new teams to LoL by saying 'Here; your first ever tournament match is against last year's world champion.'?)
As is, I admit this sounds almost like an 'anti-prize'; but bear in mind this is only a rough suggestion and would need refining to benefit everyone involved:
-Players on the winning team, who have won more than X amount of times, are not allowed to participate in the next DD as a full team. Instead they are granted the privileged of captaining 'DD Sanctioned Mentor Teams'. These teams are comprised of the captain, a reception of the prize and certified by DD Administration as someone with the right mindset and knowledge to perform the role of 'teacher' (I.E: No 'What the hell are you doing!?' types), and four players who have never (or up to a certain number) participated in a DD Tournament up until this point. These will come from a waiting list of people per-registering far in advance. There will be no 'I deny my spot because I don't want X to be my captain' without penalties; potentially up to blacklisting from future DD SMT registration.
In doing so you create a constant rotation of new players; who may actually have a chance of victory due to having the guidance and skills of a high-caliber player. This also eliminates one of the other barriers to entry by removing one 'Guaranteed Super Loss' which also seems to be an intimidation factor amongst the Mid ELOs. In theory, this does not also act as an outright 'punishment' to the winning members. Just because their team
does not get to participate next time, doesn't mean the individuals
cannot sign on elsewhere as free agents. (And of course their team may fully reassemble by the DD proceeding.)
I would though, suggest some form of compensation be given to 'Mentors' who willingly accept their role though. I.E: So long as you, then mentor, fulfill your task to the utmost of your abilities and maintain manners and respect for your team (again; the 'no raging' clause), you will receive $5 worth of RP at tournament's end; regardless of your team's final standing.
More of a thought exercise than a full on serious suggestion though.