It is ironic that the new race starts today when I had planned to write this up and post it here. The new race may well be the nail in the coffin of team wars and this is why:
Ranking has become meaningless
Thanks to the creation of race teams, those groups that return to their main team artificially reduce their ranking as they don't earn war coins during races and therefore rank much lower than they should. And then there are teams that just stay with the race team, create a new one and then keep moving from race team to race team. And obviously, teams that don't do this rank much higher than they should. All this negatively effects matchmaking!!!
The overabundance of Lvl 115 monsters creates massive imbalances
Teams that always get 1st prize thanks to race teams have a massive advantage over teams that don't do this. When mid level teams fight against each other, it's who has the most race monsters wins. But it's not only that. It raises their MP and elevates their teams to a level where they often get matched against teams like us. We regularly fight teams that have oodles of race monsters on their bases all equipped with Lvl 4-6 runes. They don't stand a chance against us with our Lvl 7-10 runes and similarly ranked monsters on most bases!!! And then they probably go and complain about the terrible matchmaking - LOL.
Team loyalty has almost disappeared
We are a well organised team that provide speedcharts, good advice and a very friendly team environment. We never had issues keeping a full team until about the 4th or 5th race. Now it's almost impossible to recruit a new player who won't leave during the next race. During the last race we struggled to keep a team of 20!!! Just two months ago we took in 10 good players from another team that broke up. We were a force to be reckoned with. We won over 10 wars in a row, most over 400 coins, even took out a few much stronger teams and guess what? A team race came along and all except one left to chase the shiny monster....
....and since then I have been trying very hard to communicate these issues to @Fox and provided what could be a good solution to the issues the races are causing. And she said that SP are aware that there are problems and that they are considering my suggestions. But here we are now facing the worst race to date: 1st prize a rank 5 Igursus! How many teams will be able to resist this? Every player out there will be after that monster like a heroin addict after the next shot!!! This race will cause mayhem, I am sure of it. And once it is over, every team war with rules that involve Igursus will be won by the team that won the race. Maybe next time you should make a rank 5 Samuel as first prize :D You obviously don't care much about the one and only feature that makes Monster Legends such a good game - Team Wars :(