From someone who has played multiple seasons of ranked and never made it to rank one, I'm sad by this and I'm sure others as well. I really like and I want it. If I were to make it to rank one this season, I think that the Jolly Roger flag that's being awarded isn't as nice looking as the original one from the past seasons in my opinion.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not one of the players who keep complaining every day, demand a full refund, and rage quit WOWs completely. However, I do wish that WG would have kept it as an award combined with the new ones, or at least making a new way for me and others to get the flag. I don't see anything wrong with doing that. Nothing against the new awards but If you ask me, nothing could replace the classic Jolly Roger flag.
Also, before someone brings it up, flag mods don't make the cut for me(maybe for others). sorry.