Alright. I'm going to cut in.
The story is plausible. With so many people switching and sharing accounts, chances are that one of those is evil and wants to do harm.
Harm comes in 4 ways, in a tf: burn Intel on sabotage, kick people, start a ♥♥♥♥ op and expand the tf. Only the last one isn't traceable, meaning it doesn't show who did it
On the other hand, and being the devil's advocate here, that would be the perfect contingency plan in case a ban gets rolled out and you have more than a few cheaters on board. Requirement there: knowledge in advance - very very important to stress this fact
Going from a tf 25 to a tf 50 isn't that bad really. The only thing that changes is Intel cost. For Forlorn Hope, cost would go up from 456 Intel to 626 - a considerable increase there of 37.5%
I'm sure, with the multitude of people in and around Angry Family, that Smoke, Inc could have coped for at least a few days to continue doing Forlorn Hope - though I'm sure that it was crushing to find out the tf got expanded. That really is the absolute worst that can happen to a TF
I'm not picking sides here. It is highly unlikely that Smoke learned in advance about the bans. But it's possible - in theory, if there's a rat in SC. Really?
It's equally unlikely that none of those who left, got banned. But Don already addressed that so what
This will remain clouded and obscure until all 25 are traced and shown playing, or at least a good part of them. Right?
If it turns out that only 5 of those got banned, everyone will believe the sabotage. 5 can be replaced, and in a top TF like Smoke people will mod, and there's nothing you can do about it. When is an attack too good to be true?
If 10, doubt will arise even among the fans.
If 15 or more, well. Case closed I'd say
So. Track and trace the Smoke, Inc players over the following days and we can set the rumours aside. And I'm sure many people on this forum will be willing to donate Intel to get those fanatic vids back up!
Don, don't give up man. There are thousands out there who believe in you!