But they can not determine who they match against and should not be essentially punished for winning by not gaining csr
One issue that has been brought to my attention is that in certain instances where an onyx wins a match they do not get any car reward and I was just wondering if 343 was going to address this issue or if it was intended. I think that they should at least go up 1 car point that way the game does not feel like a waste of time and effortWe may tweak that. But it's intentional for Onyx players who have low-skilled teammates to not move much, largely because they aren't playing vs. Onyx teams when that happens.
I'm sorry, but both of your points are incorrect.
Because of matchmaking, if an Onyx player parties with a worse player they will face weaker opponents, so they can absolutely determine who they match.That's fine for friends playing together, but not fine for ranking.
The data show there are many players who play as if they are Champs when they face mid-Diamond players, but when they play against actual other Champs and Onyx players, they do worse than they should be doing if they really deserve to be Onyx.
For example, Onyx players on average win 50% of the time vs. other Onyx players, and have around 1.5 kills per minute. They have 2.0 kills per minute against a Diamond team. But, there are players who have 2.0 kpm against Diamonds, but win only 30% against actual Onyx teams, and have 1.7 kpm against Onyx instead of the usual 2.0. Those players will "look" Onyx when they play Diamonds, but don't actually deserve an Onyx rank.
But if a "fake Onyx" player constantly parties with weaker friends, they never face Onyx players, and with CSR effectively a weighted-average across your performances, they would have an undeserved Onyx CSR.
That concept can be carried all the way up to Champ 1, where we have had players who definitely don't deserve being top Champs getting there by only playing Plats/Low-Diamonds. This prevents that appropriately.
It's not a punishment. Punishment would imply some artificially reduced CSR. This isn't artificial, this is just a correction back to what the rank should have been anyways.
In addition, if you queue without anyone in your party and still face Diamond opponents, the system does not discount your CSR and you will get the usual update. So in cases where you truly have no influence on who you match, you will get the full update (solo queue).
Furthermore, I will likely put a tweak in so that if you party up with a weaker opponent but still face opponents stronger than your party's skill anyways, it won't discount the update.
Stay tuned for more info. I will update the first post if / when tweaks go live.