It's nearly time for Season 5 of the Mafia Championship. However, before I can send out invitations, we first need to finalize the number of participating communities this year. And in order to finalize that, we need to finalize the setup, so I'm hoping you guys might have some input on this.
Season 3 numbers: 136 communities
Season 4 numbers: 165 communities
Despite the fact that we've increased the numbers each year, I don't want to do that this year (unless I find out there has been a growth in mafia communities online that warrants a further expansion). I think 165 sounds like a good maximum, and 140-150 is probably a good number to hit.
- If we want to run a 17-man setup, it will be either 136 or 153 players
- If we want to run a 15-man setup, it will be either 135, 150 or 165 players
- If we want to run a 13-man setup, it will be either 130, 143 or 156 players
- If we want to run a 11-man setup, it will be either 132, 143, 154 or 165 players
- If we want to run a 9-man setup, it will be either 135, 144, 153 or 162 players
I don't think the game size should be higher than 17 or lower than 9. If there are too many players in one game, too many communities won't be able to send representatives that can properly fulfill the activity requirements (or even if they can, they likely just won't enjoy the high activity). And lower than 9 is just not gonna be very fun.
Advantages to the larger setups is: Fewer games for spectators and jury to follow, each game is longer and probably feels more exciting and epic
Advantages to the smaller setups is: More managable activity, less subs and inactivity
Personally, I'd prefer a game for 13, 15, or 17 players, but I'm open to all suggestions. I won't necessarily go with the majority opinion, as I have to weigh how I think communities other than MU will respond to the setup we go with. We are not re-running any of the old setups, so it's a must that it's a new one (i.e. not Vanilla Cop, Matrix12, Mountainous or 20+ Custom Semi-Open).