I was just adding onto Sawyer’s statement. Looked like he had made that point so I didn’t mention it.
It's been a few days since the announcement. The hype around the hat is settling down. Towers are slightly more active but most people I know aren't interested in competing until either the hat is good or until next season. There's not much enthusiasm in the people who want to compete, either. It's just "well if it's there i may as well..."
To the person that made the hat, your work is usually very good. A lot of people don't understand what makes a good hat for players like us. It's hard for me to put into words. I suggest you check out Forever Phantom's house with me at some point. I can show you which hats are considered great and why.
I'd much rather have NGS than have a reward system that should've existed almost 4 years ago. I know it doesn't take any development time to make a social media post and check the leaderboards at the end of the season. The problem is we've been handed a raw steak instead of a full course meal and expected to be okay with it. I'm not the only one who feels this way. I care about this game a lot. It's incredibly disappointing to be handed something I'm scared is going to be considered "good enough." I have no choice but to continue waiting for my full course meal.
It's clear by the silence about giving Aguila a free hat that this won't be reverted. Whoever made the decision about this should ask players who participate in these activities before making a change like this. It's clear they don't play the game at all, so they should at least consult people who do. There's a lot of people who ask me if this is the NGS and why someone decided to add this midway through the season. I've heard more disappointment and belittling of staff than praise for rewards.