"teams are uneven."
We've all heard those phrases used over and over and over again when teams are stacked one way or the other during team-based matches, particularly CTF and CA. Quite frankly, I'm getting sick of hearing it. Not because the phrases themselves are annoying, but because this complaint occurs WAY too often.
I joined a server yesterday (can't remember the map) where each team had 6 players and we were in warmup. 5 or 6 of the enemy team clicked "Ready" and I along with someone else were "ready" to play. 2 or 3 people quit from my team during the warmup period and then..."Prepare Your Team!" How can a game START with massively uneven teams? Doesn't that seem outrageous to anybody? I just finished playing a game of Vortex Portal CTF today where the score was 4 to 3, my team with 4, the enemy team with 3. Two people disconnected from my team, and the game went on despite calls to fix teams. Within what felt like seconds, they scored 5 points and the game was over. We lost.
There has to be some mechanism for evening up the teams, like there is in the old Quake. When teams get uneven, someone (probably the lowest or second lowest player of the team) should automatically switch to the other team. Exceptions could be made for those in CTF carrying the enemy flag. When it happens in CA, a player should automatically have to switch teams the next round.
But I dunno... Perhaps the automatic switching is a bit too radical, and might get some people who play honestly angry.
AT LEAST allow players to switch teams and MAINTAIN their score and stats. Zeroing the stats whenever you switch teams discourages a person with sportsmanship to even up the teams.
And for goodness' sake, allow for spectator slot queues! Spectators should be allowed to freely enter the game without clogging the server and forcing uneven teams. They should be given the option to "queue" into the actual game so that if someone drops, or if teams are uneven, they can quickly and easily take their place. Those who just wanna watch should be allowed to do so.
Also, in the Warmup Period, if teams are uneven by 2 or more players, the game should NOT start.
Feedback and dicussion please!