Just because I don't play ranked anymore, doesn't mean I don't have contact to those who do. Those matches are a common occurance for some of my friends. Then again they are stuck around level 1-10 and have been since launch... so maybe it's those smurfs you talk of, but they sure must have the worst luck ever to be seeing smurfs since launch week all the way to now.
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Ok, this post makes much more sense to me.
Ranks 1-10 you are always going to find people who a smurfing. It's really not uncommon. Once you get to a high rank, it's really tough to even FIND a match in some playlists. Many of the really good players, when they want to play ranked, will smurf - because they can't get a game otherwise.
Also, there are lots of 'good' players that come into MCC for their 'first' time (or coming back after a long time) and they'll be in a low rank. The issue here is that it takes a long time to rank up.
If your friends are stuck in the 1-10 ranks, they're probably seeing a lot of the good players that are on new accounts, either smurfing, or trying to level up themselves. This has always been the case, right from launch.
Quote:Trust me. social is a mess. In a positive way for me I guess because I'm quite often doing very well but that isn't really balance. that's the game giving me really easy opponents for no reason except what seems like for a laugh or something. It's sure not positive for some of those poor souls i'm stomping, but hey maybe it's rewarding me for doing so badly for the last few years and maybe this MMR thing is new so apparently I'm trash so it's trying to fix where I should be or something. If that's the case surely everyone should have started from the same point. Did get one game where I had absolutely no hope but whatever It shouldn't have ever been a match and neither should have almost all the matches I've done well in honestly. It's unbalanced carnage.
You're right, social is an entirely different story - and I didn't think your first post was supposed to be really about social, but I might be mistaken.
In social, there are SO many parameters that need to be checked for a match to occur. Because of the match composer, more emphasis is given to finding a match quickly, with the same checkboxes ticked as you. This can lead to some more lopsided matches than you would have seen in ranked. Which is actually how it should be. Social should be more random. I don't think there really is a 'perfect' system for social though, make the SBMM too tight and people will never find matches.
Quote:Okay as for the bans. I'm still a 'player' so I think talking about automatic bans not improving anything until matchmaking is working in a fair manner is still a reasonable statement to make.
Totally, I agree this is something that can/should be talked about! I just was pointing out before that the blog I mentioned was referring only to the manual bans for serious offenses with the aim to improve the experience for all players -
not just about quitters. To me it seemed like you were attacking the manual bans, by arguing that the matchmaking isn't fair. That didn't make sense, but I think you're more talking about the auto quit bans now.