PlacementSome of you have expressed the concern that you always start behind where you ended last season. We intentionally place you a bit back from where your MMR would place you. If you ended last season after just getting into the next higher rank, you will always fall back to the previous one and have to work your way up again. Two reasons we do that:
I understand this can feel frustrating if you fought all season for that final good rank. I think a good solution to this would be to make your last rank more rewarding. I don’t think that we can do anything about that right now, but I feel your pain. We may consider lowering the amount of investment we require to catch back up.
- To require some time investment this season to earn your rank back
- To prove to the system you deserve that rank
We may be improving the placement accuracy in the coming months, but not in the short term.
I honestly think the ranking system is quite bad. Seasons in particular. I read somewhere seasons were intended to keep players motivated - I find them the opposite when you get demoted every time and have to work your way back up only to get demoted again next season. I just don´t understand that at all, "to prove to the system you deserve that rank", I just did by reaching it! Just take an example from yesterday. I haven´t played the Arena Slayer playlist that much but a friend and I decided to do our 10 placement matches. The outcome had me a bit confused why I dug into this a bit. Going into this season we had the following prerequisites:
Fall season: Diamond 2, 57% win with K/D 1.057
Winter season: 75% win (only played 4 games) with K/D 1.333
Fall season: Plat 4, 50% win with, K/D 0.922
Winter season: Diamond 2, 83% win with K/D 0.770
Jan/Feb season after doing the same 10 placement matches together:
Player 1: 60% win with K/D 1.126
Player 2: 60% win with K/D 1.021
In those games we played many high diamonds and Onyx players and won some of those games.
So what rank did we get? Player 1 gets Plat 5 and player 2 gets Diamond 2. So player 1 gets a lower rank despite having performed somewhat better during those 10 matches as well as in the past with the exception of winning % in the winter season. I know playing some more would bring player 1 back into diamond but whats the point when he will be thrown back into Platinum again after next seasons placement matches anway.
Both players can compete with diamonds and onyx and matches them more than plats but player 1 still gets cemented into Plat every season after placement (seen it in other playlists too) and its really not motivating at all. Forget about seasons and just keep rank going up and down depending on if you win or not. At the end of the day it´s really the only fair way of ranking players. Not to mention these smurf accounts which just mess it all up.