I think if the bracket calculations were a bit more aggressive and also applied to guilds that scored significantly lower than the rest of their Bracket (i.e. well out-matched) (per Chunky’s thread) – barring the sacrosanct upper
eschelons brackets, of course (I jest, but it’s imo reasonable) – it would basically just solve all of those problems.
A 1-person guild could still compete against other low scoring guilds much further down in the Brackets.
An update to the registering UI could well be called for, including a ‘De-Register’ option. A warning or introduction could be displayed on the registering screen, similar-ish (but perhaps shorter) to the lore for the new weekly events –
"You are now registering for the mighty Guild Wars. Glory and riches await, but you are not the only one thirsty to claim them. Each month, score as many points as you can to climb the brackets and declare yourself the victor; but remember that other guilds will be looking to use you as a foothold, and push you down in their campaign. Rise above, fall down and get up again – only your persistence will determine how you are remembered.
The devs are really keen to ensure that anyone can participate if they want, regardless of how many members they have or whether or not they play their battles. As such, I’m not sure the currency idea would fly.
I don’t think it’s necessarily bad that anyone can participate, I just think people should be matched against opponents of similar stature, and there has continued to be a plethora of mismatches the entire time the changes to bracket progression were introduced. It wasn’t enough, isn’t enough (there are still 0-scoring guilds amidst active brackets), and it will continue to be insufficient as long as new, active guilds are formed.
I actually really don’t mind the idea of a ‘casual’ pool alongside the ranked pool/league! Two different registering options. 1- to 4-person guilds could even be added together to make up mercenary teams of 5 people to ensure an even competition. I think there’s a lot to be explored, there .