So according to your logic, a player who sinks a thousand dollars into req packs at level one has no advantage at all over a level 1 player who has not done this.
How many players have spent a thousand dollars on reqs? How many people would do so on day one? Even if they did would they have the best reqs? Or would they have 200 warthogs? Your hypothetical didn't happen and even if it did the advantage applied would be minimal. Having a slightly better one time use req doesn't provide a whole lot of advantage. It certainly isn't as much advantage as a champion level player on one team and not the other.
You counter argument boils down to "other players are good, so it's fine."
That's a strawman. My argument is that spending money on the req system is rarely going to sway a match.
For starters, warzone matchmaking is not as strict as Arena, so you are not guaranteed to go against players who can counter everything you do.
I'm an average player at best. Aside from 12 man teams (which are no longer a thing) there are going to be a few average players on the team and if the other team had more skilled players they are going to win regardless.
What happens when someone pulls out an answer, gets three kills, then pulls out another one, and another one
This is the same as your banshee example and equally silly. A: Pull out an answer. B: Die. C: wait three-four minutes for your reqs to recharge. D: pull out another. Again. I have about 60 answers. I sell my excess. Answers have quick counters snipers/rockets/camo. Having an answer doesn't guarantee you a kill, nor does it guarantee you a win. Buying gold packs doesn't even guarantee you the best reqs. Powerful reqs exist. That is true, but it isn't that much different than a powerful card in a CCG. It's nice to have in your deck, but you aren't able to use an infinite number of them and even if you outright buy it...it won't provide a guarantee that you'll win.
. If they have 60 or 300, they can do this for the entire month if they want to, racking up kills because they have more of a weapon than other people. Does it take skill? Sure, but its harder to kill someone who has an answer than it is to kill even someone who has the saw.
And yet someone can keep getting kills with a saw (and call them in more frequently) as well. Someone pushed themselves to a higher req level to call in that answer....and having bought a pack doesn't make that easier than having played a lot of matches.
. There is also that good old expanded feature for matchmaking that makes mismatches all the more possible.
So warzone matches aren't pefect? Isn't that one of my premises? That there is only a real advantage in perfectly even matches (that basically aren't things?)
You can't rely on other people's skill as making something pay to win.
I assume that sentence got away from you.
I can have a golden gun that gets a 1 hit kill that I bought. I may be horrible with it, and lose to you, using your 5 hit kill gun. I died, but still had an advantage. I can see you saying it is a slight advantage in certain circumstances
And having bought that golden gun doesn't provide you with the opportunity to use it, nor are you going to win alot of matches you wouldn't otherwise win.
but saying there is none is just absurd.
That's another strawman. Try to respond to things I've said, not what you'd prefer me to have said. I said the advantage would so rarely come into play that it is negligible and that the effect of having bought a normal amount of reqs is intentionally minor. That there are so many more factors that have bigger impacts on matches than microtransactions. There are a lot of ways to argue against them. This isn't a good one. There are games that are positively ruined by microtransactions. There is at least one ship combat game that you have to spend a couple hundred dollars just to compete. There are mobile games where you can't progress if you don't spend a dollar every few levels. There are games where you can outright by weapons/armor that leagues above the norm. Those are problems. In H5 that just isn't the case. I've never lost a match because I don't buy req packs for myself.