Looking at all the old top 3s players including Sam's team Gucci Gamin. They were amazing at the old TT, which is a much different game then this new "TT" . If you look at a lot of older teams, they haven't been playing new TT that much, or they haven't taken it as seriously or to the same level they took old TT.
Getting to 1900 elo then was a bigger accomplishment due to less overall people playing, and if you did get that high you would get 20 minute queue times at 1750 elo. So the teams that were 1800-1700 were actually top 100 teams with many being very good teams in the old TT.
Now an influx of teams have come and there is new competition for a different map. But, good job on getting to a high rank on New TT. I can't wait to see how it is after the dust settles after the map is complete and the top players surface.
It seems like the same amount of people play it.
But yes this new TT is a whole different play style