Looking ahead to WvW season one, my server of IoJ is going to be in silver league, getting absolutely crushed every week with no chance at all. Our larger WvW guilds transferred away, but that is not factored into what league we will be in. The running debate is whether we will be in last place or next-to-last, which will probably be determined by whether the last few WvW guilds leave. I don’t see anyone transferring TO the bottom servers in each league. As is said of the server competing with us for last place:
They need much more firepower to compete in this league, and being at the bottom of Silver League makes it unlikely their PvE players will be very interested in stepping their toes into WvW.
This is probably true in all leagues, so a system designed to encourage WvW will probably discourage ot in about 1/3 of the servers. And not necessarily the least populated servers: IoJ still has plenty of bodies, but the ones that spent their time primarily in WvW mostly just left, so you get a downward spiral as fewer people find it worthwhile/fun to visit the Mists.
I am not sure how I would design server vs. server competition with the possibility of server transfers without encouraging this sort of thing, but it seems immensely corrosive. I’m deciding whether I want to be the last rat on a sinking ship.
Updating with a golden quote from that thread I linked: “I figured I would start the discussion of what this crapfest of a league will look like. I honestly feel bad for the other servers in Silver league” There will be a few competitive servers and 6-7 victim servers.