btw, the removeal of the old proving grounds was most likely the first time in the entire EVE history where CCP removed a whole feature(or ingame activity) as a whole, without giving an equivalent replace, nor giving good reasons for.
This is completely different to the removeal of static DED sites in 2012. Back then CCP gave reasons and an equivalent replace.
This is not the case with the old arena. If they decided to give an equivalent replace, they either left the old arenas alone or gave us filaments to get to the old arenas(see the thread @TheCorrupted linked above).
From an IT point of view, all CCP had to do was to leave like 20(5 with each visual) of the old arenaspots alone, and then take the code from the old arena, copy it and paste it elsewhere where they wanted it to have and do the stuff they did with the new filaments. That would have taken 5 minutes longer.
This would not have had much impact on the events, since there is a queue anyways, and the old arenas were never fully used, but had reserves for some events that increase activity in the abyss. I am not a programmer, but according to what I read in some streams, this could have been the solution. I mean, CCP finds ways to keep low used features like level 5 missions, fobs or ressource wars in game(and yes, even the pos still exists), why not the same for the old proving grounds? And possibly to bring it back, all that is needed is:
- Copy code from older release
- Paste it in actual release
- take away 20 new arenaspots and add them to the old arena code
- done, in the end we would have 180 spots for the events, 20 for the old arena
I dont know if CCP or the CSM still reads that after months, but I assume CCP must have had good reasons for, which some players want to know. If it was low usage, what is with the stuff I put up above. If it was the Ikitursa meta, what is with PVE, where the same ships and fits are getting used for years now? If it was only because the same 15-20 people did it, why didn’t you listen to the players in late 2018/early 2019 and fixed the stuff back then?
By the way, I recommend not to do the same thing with Pochven again