I hope I am wrong on this, but according to Beachhead Studio's Twitter feed, they have announced a Wed Jan 29th start,
This is, imho, beyond stupid. Do the people at Beachhead even talk to the people at Infinity Ward? Let's see. We have a DLC drop scheduled for January 28th, which is going to be a huge draw for existing players. You paid you extra money, so you are going to want to play the new maps. But then a day later, Beachhead, in their infinite wisdom, decides to start their ClanWar a day later at 3pmET on Wednesday.
Why is this dumb?
One. We have already had TWO Clan Wars this month. One that started New Years Day (which was equally dumb), and then one that started Jan 15th. A simple look at the calender would have shown Beachhead that they didn't need to do the CW this week, there are FIVE weeks on the calender this month. Do the Beachhead people even look at calenders? They could have still maintained their two CW's a month schedule by putting CW's #6 and #7 in February, where they belong. Feb 5th and Feb 19th. Done. Nice and simple and still maintained their pace and schedule. What's the hurry?
Two. By putting a contest the day after a DLC, you are creating a HUGE conflict of interest. It's tough enough to get people to play these ridiculously long, grinding Clan Wars, asking people to play 5 to 10 hours a day for five days. But now we are going to have to rally clan mates to do so, right after a DLC drop. Right after these very same clan-mates just dropped $15 for a product from IW, that they will feel compelled to use. If you pay for something, you are going to want to use it.
I can see this a mile away.
ClanLeader - "hey, clan member joeblow, we need your help playing ClanWars, come on, help out!!!!
Joeblow - "Bro, I just paid $15 for these maps, i want to play the maps now"
....take that by probably almost all the people in one's clan. That is going to be the typical response. And you know what? I don't blame them. Pay $15 for some overpriced maps, damn right people are going to want to play them now, rather than wait a week. And before someone lectures me about how one can do CW's and also do the DLC, ...no. That won't work. Typical DLC content drops don't have the ability to access all ten game modes, when you need to do them (like how CW's work). So the two won't mix very well at all. Furthermore....in a game (clan wars) where speed is crucial to winning, you don't want to be messing on new maps. Not to mention, what if some clan members don't have the DLC or even have it downloaded yet? This is just epic stupidity.
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Seriously, someone at Activision should fire these people.