I don't want to revive that silly debate but I also think Harford's message leaves a rather unnecessary negativity/saltiness about the whole situation so just to bring some perspective from someone who played that 3h match (and also answers to Atlatan in a more constructive way):
- That encounter was not enjoyable for anybody. On the 4e's side, we kept our spirit high because we were in the driver's seat for most of the match but we would have certainly been less joyful if we had been in the CB's boots. It's easy to blame your opponent for making the game 'boring' & 'long' but it's simply gonna be what happens when both sides (heavies and hussars) feel they have a shot at winning and have a highly competitive spirit.
- That one hour round sums-up everything wrong about trying to force competitions where both classes can play against each other. And although you can hardly blame the dismounted heavies, it's not fair to try and paint the way Skittles played as wrong. Because heavies and hussars are what they are, you have no choice but to take your time and because it was the first round, no team wanted to give it up in the slightest because we both knew how important it was. Trying to come up with 'rules' to prevent that or impact a certain playstyle, is only going to heavily advantage one class or the other and if you guys don't see that, then your bias towards your class heavily impacts your judgement.
- The heavy / hussar opposition is a debate that will never be solved. There are two simple solutions: 1) You allow heavies to partake in tournaments and accept that every hussar regiments is likely to have 1/2 unreasonably long matches. 2) You ban heavies from the competition you host and effectively prevent 50/60+ competitive and active players to partake in your event. The first solution effectively infuriates some people when they play these matches but it doesn't damage the competition as a whole. When the heavies have an extremely skilled team like the DCL, 1eRC or 14pk, they can win the tournament, when they don't, they still remain a powerful force to go against. So it still is a matter of 'skill' at the end of the day. The second solution may please more people from the hussars' community but it still prevents a large portion of our scene to play the game the way they love it and although I absolutely loved the hussar cup Lindblom hosted in the past, I understand why it wouldn't be a good thing for every cavalry tournaments to be that way.