We are less than 6 weeks from launch and besides Helping Hans, the entire CoH2 scene isn't included in the beta. The CoH2 community needs to be included for two main reasons:
Give balance feedback since the top tier players are able to ascertain potential balance problems that the general pop. won’t notice.
Allow the esport scene to start forming. Give players more experience since waiting would be wasting time. For reference, The Frontline Network organized the first CoH2 tournament before the beta’s end and they wouldn’t have been able to do so if the players & casters/organizers weren’t given adequate time to prep. Another example is Tempo Storm as founder Reynad became one of the first & most successful Hearthstone players during the beta. If he wasn’t in the beta, chances are Tempo Storm wouldn’t be what it is today.
With the three DoW3 & the one CoH2 community managers, I’m sadden that this hasn’t already been done. With the mixed response to DoW3 (being more like a MOBA & SC2), it would be imperative to get our pro players’ perspective. Recently on Generals Gentlemen’s podcast, Hans was the only one who gave a favorable appraisal of DoW3 since he was the only one who played it. Despite being one of CoH2's lead balance patchers, GG The Machine didn’t get an invite. Neither did ESL/Warpaint caster and tourney organizer Stormless. If they played it, they would probably have a more favorable impression. Once the NDA is lifted, our competitive scene would be more experience thus provide better matches & entertainment for viewers. As such, most of the negative perception surrounding DoW3 would dissipate.
Here is a list of some of the major CoH2 community members:
Luvnest, Helping Hans, Von Ivan, DevM, Momo4sho, Ciez, Siberian, VindicareX (also pro DoW2 player), Stormless, GGTheMachine, Tightrope, and Shadowwada.
If I forgot someone, comment to let Relic know. This is only a partial list of our top players, streamers, and content creators. Also I'm not familiar with DoW2 pro scene, so i can't give specific names, but their top community members & pro players should be included for the same reasons.