It's been 6 months since we got the Catmander's Compendium with the cat-like commander tag. That should have been a first step before progressing the commander system into something bigger, but it seems it went nowhere, and was quickly forgotten. With WvW being heavily revamped soon, I feel like this is a good moment to bring this topic back.
I think commander tag customization can be a healthy sign of prestige among commanders. Right now, you can't tell the expertise of a commander, unless you already saw him in action before. This was a big problem in the past, when commander tags became a cosmetic trend. It isn't a problem anymore, but the original intention can still be positive.
Additionally, new commander tag icons can be used to represent the nature and goals of a squad, each type representing a type of activity, far easier than with just colors.
Types of commander tags
I would divide commander types following the various activities the commander tag is used for:
Guild, Battle, Raid, and Siege Commanders would then be divided into three different tiers, depending on your progression so far, each unlocking a different tag icon. All of the unlocked icons would then be selectable from a drop down menu. The color would be selectable from a separate menu.
Other commander types, like the Catmander, wouldn't be part of this progression system.
If you want an example of how these new commander could like, this image from a previous new commander tag icons idea from 2014 could give you a general idea:
Of course, the designs could be better, but you get the idea. There's a lot of room for customization, without needing to go too far from the original icons.
So, what do you think? Is this a good idea?
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