Conclusion Of Pausing Application Test - Updated Post

I too noticed a significant reduction in European sits following the introduction of the 5 applicant rule. Unsurprisingly, attractive sits in Europe tend to receive applications quickly and if you are not one of the first 5 then you will probably be out of luck.
I doubt we will be renewing our membership if this situation continues. May as well rely on repeat sits, word of mouth and sites like Nomador.