I am currently involved in DDAL05 , the fifth season of D&D Adventure League from 5th Edition. I heard Season 4, Curse of Strahd, followed a linear path from Tier 1 - 4 (5?) of sanctioned play. So characters who entered at level 1 were able to follow along all the way through to the end.
The Storm King's Thunder season seems to not be the same. I started a character at level 1 when DDAL05-1 launched. Played until it was level 3. I expected the next module to continue from there, but it started with Tier 2, which begins at level 5, making my level 3 character legally unable to join that module.
So we made level 5 characters (which I do not think is allowed by Adventure League standards?) since we are playing this on a Virtual Tabletop and it was the DM's purview considering the awkward release schedule of the modules.
We have 3 more modules to play with those (currently) level 5 characters until the next module released returns to the level 3 plotline of Tier 1.
What the heck is going on and why? Is this common for Adventure League?