We added the stupidest medal distribution method ever
Really? Instead of living up to your forum reputation, would you like to actually contribute by suggesting what you think the medal distribution system should be?
By any measure of intelligence, the changes in this patch are a positive step forward. The previous ingrained practice of fort swapping is no longer attractive. If you are a legion that holds a fort, you are going to want to hold onto it because you will all get a major guaranteed reward for a succesful defence. Way more than what you might ever get from intentionally giving it up and trying to retake it at some later date (when there are no guarantees that this will be achieved). And the same goes for all defenders in general, because now everyone has a chance to earn medals for putting in the effort to defend.
And the shortening of siege times is a great thing, because it provides the intensity (and more focused strategy) which is often missing in this game, where people fight for ages at some random point without any real purpose. Now you have 30 minutes to get your chit together. And this also indirectly helps prevent zerg legions (and imbalanced race scenarios in general) from holding/keeping too many fortresses, because there is no longer the ability to roam from one siege to the next. In a way, you have to pick a focus for 30mins (you could also split your focus, but at a risk).
These changes dont solve everything, but its certainly better than the current ridiculous situation.