I've noticed that in the last 2 or 3 rotations, some maps that are supposedly included in the rotation rarely if ever make an appearance.

I remember reading somewhere that this is because of a new feature that skips those maps when there are more than a certain number of players.

Are there any details about how exactly this works? i.e. how few players are needed for us to enjoy hellsgate this month (a favourite among many).

I'd also like to add my own thoughts - small maps with 8 players adds a welcome change of intensity.

Perhaps more importantly, because of the social dynamics underlying the choices players make about which servers to join, the situation far more often involves a few heavily populated servers rather than many underpopulated servers (at least in east coast NA ffa servers).

I'm curious about what others think here...