Ah well - hoping to squeeze an STF in before the downtime (hopefully get one last prototype drop before the downtime), though will only have twenty minutes so REALLY hope the PuG is at least half-decent!
Hands up if you've ever been involved in a major update to an e-commerce service?
A lot of the time you may be planning to do something at a certain time... but unforeseen circumstances are all too common. Stahl just doesn't want to commit to a release date/time that might not be guaranteed. It's not incompetence, it's caution.
The whole lack of confirmation on the rumor of S6 going live today make the dev team look like a total bunch of amateurs tbh. If the deadline is so tight then its probley best to hold off for a day or two to make sure its not a total bugfest like previous seasons have been. Not to mention the drama and disappointment of the playerbase that will flood the forums if S6 dosen't go live today.