it very clearly favors specific fighting types and very clearly disadvantages other fighting types
How is this different from any other weapon? They all have strengths and weaknesses and methods of fighting related to their stats.
I tend to see skill as being the ability to use more than one weapon in game, hence why I don't find it impressive that most
people focus solely on one weapon or class.
Again, I don't see why this is less competitive than any Greatsword or really any other weapon focuses tournament. I am sure you would find some challenging matches if you played.
Then again for some reason, we have this "this weapon and this mode is pro/competitive" here. Anything that doesn't conform to this is often viewed as "lesser" which kind of sucks because as a result we have had years of the same stereotypical views on competitive Warband.
Maybe I am a cynic but at this point any competative activity in Warband is a godsend, even if some would view it as lesser.
It's not as if we are a growing community anymore.