When people decide to have an ad hoc tennis or squash tournament in real life the first thing they do is book a court to play on - at present there is no easy way of achieving this but my odd brain has sort of thought of a solution.
So, are you saying you might like to have a Bookable Battleground with limits specifically of 8 people on each side? When I mean Bookable, two Team Captains arrange a time together (one of four 15minute slots every hour, e.g. 16:00, 16:15, 16:30, 16:45 GMT) when they will meet on the battleground and then book it through RQ, lets say, 2 hours in advance and they can add Party/Team to the booking form and then recruit 8 people to the party on or before 5 minutes before the start a countdown begins for the 8 in their party and they have the same countdown to travel to the battleground as in Siege. When they travel, they go to one of the respective start points and at agreed start time the gates open and for the next 10 minutes they are off. One idea would be to always keep the sides balanced so there would need to be a minimum of 4 players on each side and if say, one Team had 8 and the other 4, the game would randomly remove players from the largest team until it would be balanced to equal numbers.
If so, what if the Bookable Battleground could also record the outcomes and enable Enya to use the Final Scores and list of players and Team Names to create a Contest Ladder.
Wouldn't it be great if some of it could be recorded either via screenshots or video, but that would require someone to be a named Umpire inside the battleground and be immune to attack and able to move across the area perhaps at 10x normal speed to ensure fair play is adhered to - the Umpire would be independent, perhaps someone who is not keen on pvp. This might of course, not be possible but it would be the icing on the cake.
The team names would be used all through the tournament. I would be happy to collate the Tournament results but effectively, if you had the Bookable Court (Battleground) then you yourselves could create the rules in broad terms provided it was approved by a moderator, say. You could even decide to have a Prize set amongst yourselves that you pay into and I would be happy to act as Adjudicator and keep the monies or other prizes on behalf of the contestants and pay them out at the end. At the end of each battleground, you could even just send me a screenshot of the Totals and I would put it into the Ladder.
You could work out other rules like how many substitutions were permitted to a team over the length of a tournament - you might want to even pre-allocate before the start of the Tournament say 10 characters that could be used in the team and only those could be in your team and 2 substitutes were permitted, say - those sorts of rules you could work out in the Forum and then an Adjudicator could simply apply the rules.
You might also need to address whether a character can be in more than one team in any one tournament and how many Battlegrounds each team had to play to be able to continue in the Ladder. I would favour some process where in the Ladder, a team would need to challenge another team above them at least once every 2 days and the other team would need to accept that challenge or lose position. That is one way of running the tournament OR it could be done as in Football (Soccer) where teams apply to join the tournament and then the Adjudicator allocates (at first) randomly by some RNG process who plays who and it is on a knock out basis but each team has to play each other 1,2 or 3 times and the cumulative score is taken forward.
I have no problem helping to Adjudicate this since I do not like PVP but i do like Organising Stuff.
Looking at the above, the only thing that really would need to be sorted by the Devs is a minor change to Battleground but i think this would be for the best anyway since at the moment BG is a total mess and to sign up and wait takes ages and it can be a total turn off.
If there is enough support for this sort of thing, perhaps Enya will be able to make a case for OUR Server to be used as the test server for this change and it is sorted quickly and the results monitored to see if they could roll it out to their larger Russian Servers. Who knows.
And of course, if it works in BG, the same could happen in Arena where again Specific NAMED Teams could enter into a revised Tournament with a specific set of rules and rewards,
Things like player levels may need to be taken into account, particularly in an Arena tournament, but it would not be too much of a struggle for an Adjudicator to keep track of an Arena Tournament for all the different level bands.
So, in summary, a change of BG to allow for NAMED Teams led by Team Captains booking a BG 'Court' at a Specific Time (like siege) with or without an Umpire (ideally with) and you guys work out the rules (e.g. how results are counted, is it all levels or a level by level tournament) between you so we can run a largely player-led tournament (either Knock-Out or Ladder) and you decide the Entry Cost and Tournament Prizes (which I would hope Enya might add some RQ rewards too). The Specific BG 'Court' would have the same 'Travel Now' facility as in Castle siege so all and only the Team Captain's characters are transported to the BG Court 5 mins before start of the event.
Whaddaya think ?