Here's a play by play what happened, unprofessionalism at its finest.Sept. 1, 2015:
Weekly Post #23 - We will reset the Ranked Leaderboards 1 week from today on Sept. 8, 2015, also no prizes yet.Sept. 3, 2015:
Here is a list of terrible prizes for players who have played Ranked over the past year. Also just kidding, 1 week from today means Sept. 5, 2015.
To be fair, the reworking of the ranked rewards is something that they threw together really quickly to make up for the lackluster rewards given out what, 3 days ago? In order to appease complaints they came up with this hurried response, implementing it and letting us know as soon as they had it figured out. It was therefore impossible to update us on these additional rewards "much sooner."
As for the initial reward structure (the one that got so many complaints), it sounded like they were still hammering it out up until the last minute of Drew posting about it at the beginning of the month. It'd have been nice to have had more warning but the CMs aren't prescient. They can't tell us what the rewards are before YM decides what they'll be.
There is no being fair. It was not impossible to update us on these additional rewards "much sooner." How about don't reset Ranked 3 days earlier than the announced date? How about don't reset Ranked at all if you aren't ready to reset Ranked? There was no prize structure for gods sake. The coding is obviously fairly simple, they could have copied and pasted the same structure from Rift. The "additional rewards", so what they appease 25 players and call it a good day? If the developers don't take their game seriously why should we?
The CM's aren't prescient? What kind of business or game do they think they are running when you don't communicate things to each other. First off, you don't communicate internally, then you don't communicate externally. Something as important as Ranked should be well thought out. They didn't even have the prize structure until 2 days before the reset, and after they announced the reset.
For me personally my problem isn't with the lack of rewards, but the unprofessional and incompetence that came with resetting the Ranked Leaderboard.