The idea of being a casual clan with no requirements has not changed and will never change.
The leadership group has spent a long time debating the direction the clan wanted to take, because being stuck in between a growing social community and a clan for lone wolves was not tenable in the long run. We as a whole chose to promote the social aspect of the clan over status quo, thus why a totally new recruiting message was written and a new thread was created. Yes that means being an active member of our Discord server, but in no way does it mean you have to spend enormous amounts of free time on it.
Competitive formats are not a clan wide focus, but having an increasing number of players who would like to participate in Clan Battles stuck in the sub-clan (-SYN-) due to lack of spots in the main clan (SYN) is unfair. Thus why anyone who was not interested in playing in Clan Battles or even participating in the social aspect were removed from the main clan and offered a transfer to the sub-clan. The removal and transfers have nothing to do with "fishing" for oil.
Our clan should be allowed to evolve. It's unfortunate that it does not sit well with some, but we are doing what we believe is right.