Like reggie said, a simple summary is "We do events for fun". The main fun part is winning hats sure. But the other part is just getting into the event and competing. You guys say "just go do carnival events". Yeah sure, doing carnival events is basically like doing admin events. But there's no real competitive aspect when you're playing against players with around 100 hours or people who dont' even know what they're doing so you just win easily. And also are you actively searching for a warper? no, you press a button to enter a queue. The whole point of us not liking this new system was because we lose that satisfaction of using our experience and knowledge of the map to find a warper and then being able to enter it and compete in the event with other skilled eventers. When I started doing events, I was a noob. But i wanted to get better; I wanted to see my name on the admin event message; I wanted to have a ton of event hats; I wanted to be known as one of the best eventers within the event community. And that's exactly what i did.
There was definitely people way better than me when I first started and there was event guilds that entered warpers before I did. But like reggie has mentioned, these event guilds arent full to the brim with 25 people online at the same time. In general, warpers widely range between 15 max people to 50 max. That event guild will fill those spots but they're not filling all of them. During the days of big event guilds such as pyrat, I definitely wouldve understood this system being implemented. But EO has at very rare peak times 15 people online. Usually less than that. I have definitely seen new people in events that I have started to see enter more often without the need for an event guild.
There is something called "working towards becoming good at something". You don't need your hand held to find where warpers are. You just need to practice, practice, practice. Maybe travel around the map a bit and explore. It's not a hard concept
I've talked to people that complain that they've been playing graal since '09 and other years and have barely any event hats. I then look at what they usually do on graal mainly when events are being hosted. They either ignore it, continue what they're doing, or maybe attempt participating in an admin event of finding a warper and then give up and dont bother trying again. The people that have gotten better are people that see an event message and actively try to find warpers and hint locations. They are the people who ask others "where was the warper" so they know for next time if a similar hint is used or just get more knowledge of the map itself.
The people you see in every event are people who were once noobs who complained about only the "pros" getting into events. Before my event era there was older event guilds. They dominated during my time. But new players got better. One such example of an old event guild is ET. I don't know who else remembers them but they have people with 100+ event hats. They don't play actively anymore but they also started from zero and attempted to get better. They accomplished a goal that took them time. Like I've said, everyone starts from zero but the one's who get in every event and have many event hats are the ones who put in time to get better. They stopped complaining about not having hats and put in the work to learn the map and practice events.
Admin events are one of the few things that actually requires "skill" or at least "memory skill". You don't need skill to get pks or bks. It's the reason I love to do them in the first place. The reason I'm so openly against this system is because they've essentially somewhat taken away a reason for me playing graal. They've taken one of few things that you have to practice to get better at.
And for anyone who makes the alt account claim or the claim that people with the hat often win anyways, I do events on my main majority of the time. I'm not going to take away a new eventer's win or spot in a warper if I have the hat on my main.
Now some pinoys and a few americans that I've seen on the other hand don't care lol but I wouldn't say there's many. Now getting in a warper just to compete but not win it is a different thing
I've always been fine with letting someone else win if I have the hat. I just liked to be able to compete in the event because it's fun and offers different gameplay such as jump and run and spider pit. I can't do that much now since i have "alot" of event hats and wont be able to enter many warpers now.
You can't participate in admin events if you have the hat already. You can't participate and let someone win if you have the hat. If you have many event hats, the amount of events that you can now do is significantly lower and finding warpers is pointless and not much fun now. Players, new or old, who actually want to find warpers, win events, and become better should practice as practicing has always been a thing for years if you wanted to be good at events.
Final note: Carnival events are lame and most of this post was made from a conversation I had on graal's discord server.