As right as people are about Mctayto I would also like Metallica to make a statement of tossing games in clan challenges, when the challenges have been decided.
Is that a good behaviour?
I am not in any camp here, but I feel that if we talk about abuse all has to go on the table.
As leader of Metallica, I would be happy to respond to your statement.
I will make several points here.
First of all, in my post I noted that that there are those who continually try to change the narrative to be about Metallica.
And this is happening now with your post. And the insinuation behind the post is that the intent is rating manipulation.
This is abject nonsense !!
This is a fantasy borne out of the years’ long running grievance fest that has been carried on by the likes of McTayto, Lemondrop, Carrobie (banned from site), and others.
Unfortunately, a few other members of the clan community have bought into this narrative.
And they believe that this narrative can be pinned to one clan only.
I can shred this narrative in several ways.
First of all, the primary clan goal is to win clan challenges.
And more importantly, to collect the points from the challenges !
It is important to get these challenges closed, especially since Russ had to put in limits of 3 in-progress challenges between any 2 clans.
As a refresher, this came about after the collusion fiasco in 2016 perpetrated by Carrobie (now banned) and, you guessed it, McTayto (banned from clan play), and couple of other characters.
Metallica and any other clan (for those who assume that only one clan is resigning clan games) should be closing out their challenges as quickly as possible.
Further, player ratings are fluid and constantly changing.
I can resign a clan game in a decided challenge and win 2 tournament games on the same day.
And get accused of rating manipulation. Really ?? Really ??
If I am losing a clan game, in a challenge that is or is not decided, and I resign today instead of playing the game out to a checkmate two weeks from now, can I be accused of rating manipulation ?
Because I am lowering my rating today instead of 2 weeks from today.
Really ?? Really ??
Further, manipulating rating using clan games only doesn’t really work as this represents a zero sum process.
Meaning that rating drop one game is nullified by the rating increase the next game.
The point is that rating manipulation for clan games is best done using non-clan games to cancel out the won clan games.
That is what is going on with McTayto.
On another note, I can state with certainty right now that our clan has more than 100 points worth of won challenges waiting to be completed.
That in itself throws cold water on your accusations, in my opinion.
I can also tell you that we face obstacles with our opponents who are losing badly to some of our players, but refuse to resign.
Or even accept draw offers, which do not change ratings significantly, btw.
That is ok. Nothing illegal, maybe unethical but not against the rules.
But don’t whine when we want to collect the points in a challenge that opponents are dragging out, intentionally or not.
Maybe I’ll toss in another piece of irony.
One of my players is about to checkmate his opponent in less than 5 moves in the last remaining game in a challenge that we have won.
That player has refused to resign and is dragging the game out.
This could last another 10 days.
Isn’t that player manipulating my clan member’s rating ?
Resigning the game will increase my player’s rating, correct ?
Do you see how murky this useless debate can become ?
On the other hand, the actions of someone like McTayto are pretty clear cut.
Using non clan games to keep his rating low so his clan leader can set him up for easy opponents is pretty obvious.
It is my hope that this nonsense focused solely on Metallica doesn’t distract from the real issue.
The distraction will just play into the hands of the real cheats.
Have a nice day.