So far Avalon has had bans for both Bo3 and Bo5 sets in conjunction with the rule that you can't pick the stage you LAST won on.
We had two major reasons for this:
- Not all stages left are neutral (notably FD and Stadium) and we don't believe the game to be about counterpicking stages or forcing people to play another character if they want to avoid auto-losses.
- We thought it wrong that we ask a somewhat different skillset from Bo5 sets as opposed to Bo3 sets, where you suddenly need to be able to deal with your worst stage in the match-up and fully exploit a counterpick that is probably banned for you throughout the rest of the tournament.
We went with our rule for the simple reason that you can be left with just your own ban or stages you already lost on in the case of both full DSR and bans. To remedy this, you could exempt the stage for the first game from bans and DSR (the stage both players struck to), but it is still very restrictive. Of course, our current configuration can lead to situations where someone can pick a winning stage twice over the course of a set. It is of note however that with bans in place, this can't be that extreme a counterpick.
All configurations have their pros and cons, which is why we want to ask the competitive scene for input.
(The stage list is not negotiable, by the way.)