After what has happened to me this week, I've been thinking of ways to improve Team Wars for it's really gone downhill. I guess I'll start with Team Wars itself, and stretch out to other aspects related to it like the races.
I have some major problems with Team Wars that have became only worse with time. First is its match-making has gotten alot worse, however I've heard this is being looked into. Due to this worsening match-making it has been making it harder to earn war coins for the more expensive Team Shop monsters. Also returning legends have been awful, and not worth buying even to rank. I'd really like balanced prices for every Team Shop monster, and improved returning legends. Prices I think the team shop monsters should be based on usability, and age are.
General Ingvar =1,800, General Atum=1,800, General Thetys=2,000, General Darmith=1,800, General Uria=1,500, General Shannara=1,500, General Alces=1,800, General Holter=1,500, General Nishant=1,800
Darmith's Pet=800, Nishant's Pet=1,500, Thetys' Pet=1,500, Atum's Pet=950, Holter's Pet=1,000, Alces' Pet=1,500, Uria's Pet=1,250, Shannara's Pet=1,000, Ingvar's Pet=800
Ingvar's Bodyguard=950, Atum's Bodyguard=1,000, Darmith's Bodyguard=1,500, Nishant's Bodyguard=1,500, Shannara's Bodyguard=1,250, Holter's Bodyguard=1,250, Uria's Bodyguard=1,000, Thetys' Bodyguard=950, Alces' Bodyguard=1,250
I feel like this would help newer players be-able to obtain the generals alittle bit easier, and also make more powerful monsters like Nishtant's Bodyguard harder to rank up, and weaker monsters easier to rank up like Ingvar's Pet. About how to improve returning legend selection, while still keeping balance to the team shop? Well I think by adding a really powerful old legend like Hackster for 2,500 war coins, or heck even 3,000 war coins. Like how you used to do new Team Shop monsters. This would help balance us seeing more rank 5 Team Shop monsters, how? Well by forcing people to either rank up their Team Shop monster, or obtain a really powerful monster.
Another huge problem with Team Wars is recruitment, and this is easily the worst part of the game. This is due to the fact without facebook, or the forums there isn't a viable way to get people to join a team at all. Global Chat is awful due to it being swarmed with people wanting to recruit for their team, and those of toxic behaviour (We will come back to them). I'd really like to see a official recruitment tab! Basically people there could post their profiles, and teams could check them to see if they meet their guidelines. If they do, they can send them a request to join their team, and the person can choose to expect this, or not. This would be like how a person can send a request to join a private team, but it's the reverse. This would mean having to change the profile system a bit, but it would be majorly worth it. I'd think with this idea, you could select what monsters appear on profile instead of a bot, and it be called the Favourite Monsters section of the profile instead of Best Monsters section, and it keep track of what teams they've been on (This would be to see if they are cell/race hopping). I'm hoping this would also lead to more non-Facebook profile picture options instead of the few we got. I'd like it where every monster you own you can have their picture available as a possible profile picture. So for example if I had a Prince Charmless (:() I could have that monster be an option for my profile picture.
Now getting back on topic of Global Chat. This recruitment tab idea would clean out posts about team joining, and make it less cluttered. However there would still be tons of toxic players on Global Chat. For this there really needs to be better moderation of Global Chat, and a 3 strikes your out system. Where if you are reported for toxic behaviour, the first two times you get banned from playing the game for a period of time (Increasing with the second ban), and the third time would lead to a permanent game ban. Of course with proper moderation there would be prevention of innocent people getting banned from the game.
Now finally on the topic of Team War related events; Starting with Grand Prix Races (GPR). These have got to stop having Rank 4 for 50 laps! This just causes immense greed in people, and so much gem spending. Just keep it at rank 3 for 25 laps in the future, please for everyone's sake. Besides that I've kinda of figured out a semi-solution to being kicked of teams for gem sponging, or just spite for GPR's, and Titan Races. By having it where people can be removed during the first half of the event until they reach 5,000 points (The Max for Food Rewards). Then during the second half people can't be kicked, unless you don't contribute at all. This way if you are kicked during the first half you can at least rejoin a team to be rewarded if you didn't meet the point requirement, and for the second half prevent abuse of being kicked so you can't be rewarded anything, but food. The other problem for GPR's, and for Titan Races is that there isn't an easy way to know if outside the game your team has advanced a node. There has been many times that I couldn't contribute due to not knowing outside the game that my team (:() needed people on to help out. You could make notifications like "Your Team has Completed Quests, They May Need You!", and (Titan Race Exclusive) "Your Team is Fighting The Titan, They Need You!"
These would help improve team work among teams, and help people with less points know that they can get some more.
I'd really like some feedback on this. For you've guys gotta have more to add! For I'm not a game designer, or anyone with insight into the game