So I've thought a lot about this particular topic the past few days (ever since I saw it originally posted). There's a few things to unpack here. And I hope all of you will read nothing more into this than a fellow spartan sharing his opinion and observations. The snarky and "holier than thou" attitudes (which I'll allude to later) are not welcome here, and that's not why I come here. I come here to try to slay enemy forces and have a good time... so let's all share ideas and see where we come out.
First off, we don't know what's going on in their homes. Yes, you've all talked about connection issues and I know that's not the problem because they would have been booted. That being said, something could have come up while they started a match. I know this has happened because I've personally seen it. we'd be in a party chat and someone's kid got sick in the other room and they had to clean it up. Or there was accident that they need to take care of. Or they needed to make an emergency trip to the bathroom and it's close enough they could take the controller with them so as to not waste a boost, or worry about getting booted. My point is... before we start throwing stones, we should take a step back and think about what could possibly be going on. It's not our place to judge, it is however our place to sit here and have fun gaming. And if you can't do that, then perhaps it might be time to reevaluate your choice in hobbies.
Now for the thought that will most likely get me in trouble and be the reason for hate mail. I have been known from time to time to do this. But not because I don't want to put the work in. But because of the particular fireteams I am in. More often than not, I will be placed in a fireteam where someone (or multiple someones) will immediately pull out a vehicle and proceed to run everyone over, including their own teammates. Or... my other favorite, they'll be sure to stand in other peoples way to ensure they get the kills. Now I always try to do my best when it comes to firefight, even though on mythic, I struggle. However, I'm not to try an compete with my team when we're supposed to be working on these rounds as a TEAM. I don't know the actual point breakdowns, but I can't imagine the xp gains are that much different between 1st place and 8th place. So I can only assume that it has something to their ego. In situations like this, I have no qualms about hanging back... and either trying to take out the enemy out from afar. Or, just letting the experts handle it. My view it that they clearly don't need me anyway, so why get in their way. Either way is just fine with me... I get the same xp whether I get in the "professionals" way, or I hang back... but if we're not working as a team anyway, then yes, I will sit back and watch them fail, take my free xp and move on to the next match. Just remember there's two sides to every coin.
Are there some of us out there who do purposely hide in mythic matches and not do a single thing. Absolutely... I had a few in matches earlier today. I shoulder bashed him off the map a few times so the countdown would start and he died (of his own accord). But there are those of us out here, who want to participate, who want to come out and try to help win... but the "team" dynamic is such that it's too toxic to try all that hard. Mythic firefight is hard enough and stressful enough on it's own that I shouldn't have to deal with the added stress to terrible team dynamics. I say all of this not to call anyone out specifically, or to throw anyone under the bus, but to bring awareness to the other side of the issue for some of us that do want to try... but feel as though they are backed into a corner.