I’d care less about this if I actually thought we’d get anything in return for the AT.
Actual balance passes on caps? Sure.
Iteration on ECM mechanics (let fighters be oldstyle jammed, so blops groups can drop carriers easily again)? Sign me up!
But that’s not what’s going to happen. The devs who do balance aren’t the ones who did the AT anyway. And CCP’s track record on balance is shockingly abysmal, often taking 2+ years to make adjustments that a normal company would have made in a week.
So we get no AT, and nothing in return - less content, less PvP, one less community event. The AT brought people together, inspired rivalries, and passed out prize ships that gave us great killmails every couple months.
It’s worth noting that nobody is against the AT - there’s no constituency for not having one. This thing had 100% approval and a pretty high viewership. I really don’t see a good reason for not dedicating time to run the event each year, and I despair for the future of CCP if they can’t also see this.