The actual "top players", i.e those that win tournaments, are indeed the people who should be listened to. They actually understand the game, and as Bud says: Lelic mis-stepped by NOT listening to good players for the longest time.
I agree, but what I am missing is that 4v4 is the most played setup, and tournaments are only 1v1.
This I feel is a pitty because 4v4 is huge! Ofcourse there are severe issues in moderation of 4v4 but I think this is the only future setup if not even larger like 5v5 or 6v6.
Currently the games are more team games or MP games than 2006. This should be in consideration of the next COH.
Despite, there is a strong community for singleplayer, modders, and 1v1 tournaments but laggs of big events like 4v4. If this setup helps to mobelize more gamer to play COH3 in the end I am happy with it.
So, I think there is huge potential but als a huge ladder to climb and 1 year isn't much time!