I have a question, but I don't know if you're able to answer it:snickerdoodle wrote:You're conflating two things here.Great players and teams will always rise to the top regardless if Smurf's and de-ranked accounts are involved. Losing by 20+ points to a professional HCS player is no different than losing to Smurf account with 0 gamerscore and 10 games on the service record. Smurf's/Alternate accounts do not directly affect gameplay. It's not worth getting upset about especially when there is literally nothing you can do. Getting angry about it does nothing but gratify the trolls behind the accounts.SECRET FACE wrote:You contradict your own argument. Yes they do change the way the game is played.People are going to get frustrated regardless. Running into a smurf account trying to rank up is going to be no different than running into a seasoned veteran. The game is still going to be difficult. My point is that smurfs don't change the way the game is played. They're just people who are trying to troll others and/or need a confidence boost by playing against lower skilled players.LUKEPOWA wrote:You can create a new gamertag for free using the family account option which is how people are constantly able to make new smurfs. For the ranks, it actually wouldn't be bad if they didn't get reset, but they do which means people have to grind every season to get their rank back. It's not a couple games, but it's a daily occurrence with running into smurfs and that can lead to people getting frustrated.
A game full of golds or platinums is likely to be close and competitive.
Throw in a de-ranked onyx that goes 30-5 and suddenly said match is no longer competitive. Giving it's teammates potentially false wins and the opponents potentially false losses.
Someone who's smurfing and purposely deranking is immensely harmful to the matchmaking ecosystem.
Pistola playing on QuietFawn92385257 (everything here is made up, please don't add that account thinking it's his secondary) and playing the same way he plays as Pistola is fine and doesn't affect anything.
Playing on a second account just to play on a second account is fine. Playing on a second account to cheat the system and pretend you aren't an HCS pro is bad.
Say that my brother isn't very good at Halo and he creates a profile on my Xbox. I'm Onyx level, and he's never played matchmaking before. If he plays like a Bronze, do I get punished for that? I guess I'm just wondering if different players playing on the same console can be perceived as smurfing by the system.
Excuse my ignorance on the subject, but I am just not really sure how the system handles stuff like that.