Been playing matchmaking for a long time, I can say without a doubt its completely broken.
When you return from taking a break, by the time you are good again you end up in bronze 5. Once in bronze 5 you are forced to play with the most ridiculous mix of excellent, terrible and random trolls, racist or players who think its ok to play ranked and sit in a lane.
Unfortunately as you get farther into bronze 5 you get less and less for a win/loss. What this actually does is turn bronze 5 into my guess is over 50% of the player base. There’s actually a HUGE number of players there with wildly different skills.
You are punished for improving. How you ask? As you play better and better you will find you end up getting matched with players from very deep bronze 5 (~200 rank points) these players are SO bad its absolutely impossible to carry the game. In other words the game is like hey his win rate is above 50% and we need to grab some other players from bronze 3-5. So in order to make it “even” you as a rising star end up with the trash from deep bronze 5. Since its only half a rank below you the game I assume thinks, no problem thats fair.
HOTS makes no distinction between players either, I’ll end up with racist non-participants a lot. This often means a loss simply because you are “evenly” matched if your lucky enough not to suffer from the above.
Whoever thought this rank system works, has no idea how math statistics or competitive rank systems work. In an era where there are multiple triple A games on the market in this genre, to get this offering from Blizzard is beyond unacceptable. Please give that person another job and hire someone from smite/dota/lol.
Everyone complains about rank systems but I’ve played the others, I could at least improve and rise in rank. Its impossible now, how retarded is that. There’s absolutely no way I’m just as bad as I was 3 years ago, doesn’t matter how terrible you think I might be. Maybe I’m no Masters player, but certainly better than B5. I’ve noticed that once I hit 52%-55% win rate the games starts giving me 1-2 DEEP B5 players to even the game out.
I hope someone at blizzard actually reads this, and I’m sorry for the wall of text, but I have no idea how else to explain what this feels like to play. I really like this game but its hard to describe how bad ranked matches feel to play.
WHY do I have to play with someone that is AFK ALL GAME. Has 200 rank points in bronze 5 on my B3 game, then texts me after the game and says “I can play anyway I like even if it means being AFK.” Its a RANKED GAME, competitive TEAM play. This is not his fault, its YOU BLIZZARD. There should be a category for him so he can play with other people like him, I’m 1000000% sure he has 100’s of complaints against him, so its easy to see the difference between us.
DO SOMETHING, RESCUE US FROM THIS HELL