[retracting] I am withdrawing my support for Rares Festival as the recent events have made it very clear that the manner in which the hosts are currently chosen leaves much to desire. [/retracting] Specifically speaking, the practice of holding auctions during the festival makes it important that auction staff are extremely competent and trust-worthy. This may sound quite harsh but I will not be apologetic about it. This is serious business and not everyone is qualified. Many players are willing to place their trust in the hosts and hand over their items at these things. This is largely because the rares festival has always been actively supported by various well-known and established collectors. While the idea of having the event on multiple shards and multiple hosts is fine on paper, it is bound to cause inconsistency in quality and results. Good intentions alone cannot replace experience. As such, I am compelled to publicly withdraw my support for this event (in its current format). I do not want anyone to feel that they are in good hands when dealing with the host of a festival simply based on association. The tried and true practice of always being cautious and doing your research when dealing with strangers very much applies.