I never once said you were one of these people, no need to get so worked up over a misunderstanding.
Sorry for the confusion, but I was referring to the people literally saying that blizzard is forcing them to stay in gold because they haven’t got out of it for 10 seasons. There’s about 10 of those kind of posts a day on here. What you are saying is fine, just observations and speculations on what they could mean. But there are plenty of people on here trying to use those same observations as evidence that blizzard is evil, and competitive is rigged to keep them in gold.
I have enough of an understanding to know that solid improvement and a good amount of playtime is all you need to get better and climb, which is a to say a better understanding than a lot of conspiracy theorists (again not referring to you here) on here tend to have.
When it comes down to it, any competitive ladder has predictable win/loss streaks. You win and climb until you cant win anymore, then you lose a few, this is perfectly normal. The thing about Overwatch is that it is designed to be played with 2 coordinated teams, not a solo queue environment. The game just doesn’t work consistently when dealing with random people online, which leads to games feeling like stomps a majority of the time, especially at lower ranks. This factor combined with the losing streaks can make it seem like the streaks are forced, when a more likely probability is that the game just doesn’t work in this environment.