TL;DR - Shoot people a message before reporting cheating. The explanation may make sense and the consequences of a suspension may be dire for bubble teams.
Fellow howitzer managers,
I wanted to take a moment to ask for better communication and use of the in-game mail service.
I took over a GHL team that was clearly bound for the SHL. Once in the SHL I only made promotion back to the GHL on the last day of the season. There, I clawed and scraped by way into a promotion/relegation battle and was able to stick in the GHL for a second season - something that is not easy to do from what I'm told. The icing on the cake, a first overall pick. Coming into this season, I feel I have made my team stronger, younger, and more competitive. Patching holes with short-term contracts and injecting some promising youth into the roster. However, my team now finds itself (likely) in a massive hole to start the season since I've been suspended.
This isn't some rage-quit or boo-hoo message. I'm simply asking that instead of marking transfers as suspicious and banning me from my team for a week, why not write me a message and ask for an explanation first? When you are on the bubble of relegating you have to be active with your team to try to stay up. Every move I made I did so with this in mind and felt the offer had benefits for each party. When you make lots of moves, one is bound to look imbalanced be it in my or another team's favour.
I'm not sure what exactly caused people to be concerned with my transaction habits. I've given up a good player to get nothing in return in the interest of offloading salary. I've also absorbed salary on a good player who would've become a free agent after a team relegates. These trades often involve a dialogue between the two managers so each has an understanding of the wants/needs of each - something an outsider may not grasp. If anyone wants to point out where I "went wrong" I'd be happy to learn what is not considered socially acceptable transactions. But keep in mind, everyone has a different value system when it comes to trading and giving up ABC for XYZ may seem like the best course of action for one person but a gross miscalculation for another.
I'd hope in the future there'll be a bit more communication between managers. I've have a continued dialogue with several GHL/SHL managers and enjoy the negotiation and "wheeling and dealing". It doesn't take much to shoot someone a message if something looks fishy, and ask for an explanation. Problem is, it takes even less effort to just click a button and have someone suspended for a week. It is a struggle to stay in the GHL as a newly promoted team, I know it all too well as every point is huge. I hope for better communication and a little forethought before well-established teams click a button and, in all reality, make the difference between next season in the SHL/GHL for a club like mine.
Have a good long weekend,
-Goderich Goblins Management