First of all, I apologize in advance for the long red that’s coming next and for my grammar, English is not my native language, so with that said, I really need to understand something and based on my personal conclusion, I can say this:
The SR system is flawed and inconsistent, or the matchmaking is purposely stopping people from climbing.
I understand that by this point people would be thinking things like “you deserve your rank” “git gud”, hear me out for a moment, I’m not saying I deserve I higher rank and I understand that no matter what your rank is, you should be able to get into a certain SR ranking where you would need to improve your skkills or game knowledge in order to continue climbing, according to the Blizzards system, however, this is not the case and here are some data that I’ve gathered through 4 seasons of ranked play, let me show you.
I started playing 4 seasons ago, and after the first 3 seasons, stuck in low gold and having the thoughts of “I feel that no matter how hard I try, I dont seem to be able to climb out of here” , that’s when I decided to purchase an alt account and start from scratch.
After purchasing my alt acc and leveling up to rank 25 (playing again masters and high diamons on qp) I started my placements and the results were, to my surprise and joy, way better than I could have expected.
On placements, there was a point where I was playing against mid diamonds, but was not able to win those 2 game so, that would tell me that Im nor Diamond material yet and I thought it was fair, so aat the end, I got placed in high plat, couple hundred points away from diamond. I strted to think, well, this is where I truly belong and where I need to start getting better in order to climb, but as of today, I have been consisntently playing around the same SR rating, around 2700-2800.
However, here is where the tricky part starts, when I go into my alt acc (already mentioned it is around 2100 SR) one would think that I should be able to climb my way up to kinda the same SR I have in my high plat acc, however, there are 3 or 4 games where I can totally destroy the other team and then, all of the sudden, after those 3 or 4 wins in a row, I sget on a loosing streak that gets me into the same SR of where I started playing, and I onder why, that’s when I started noticing some peculiar things and here is when the “Perfect 50% mtchmaking system” comes to mind.
I have to clarify, I’m a pharah main and thats what I use the most to try and climb, but after a win streak, I’ve noticed the same pattern that decreases my chances of winning a game, despite me being able to maintain a 50% wr on a higher acc, which are these:
- The other team has obviously a smurf, someone who is <50 lv and has some kind of skills totally outside the current rank (doesnt matter if it is gold or plat)
*I get a thrower or a leaver
*I get a team full of people who only plays a certain class
*People who’s seasong high was diamond or higher, but for some reason are in gold playing
But as if that as not enough, that happens on both sides, fter loosing 3 or 4 games and a row and end up being with pretty much the same SR as I started, then thing seem to flip to my side and
*That thrower or troll that was on my team for the last couple games, suddenly appears into the opposing team
*I get a team where we have players able to fullfill a 2-2-2 comp
*As a pharah main, I get people on the other team that has never gotten close to a heroe that is able to counter me (Hitscans, mccree, soldier, widow, etc) you can see them trying, but you can tell they are not skilled enough to harrass me enough to stop me from destroying their team, let aside if I have a pocket mercy.
So doesnt matter how hard I try, after winning 3 or 4 games in a row, I know its my time to lose and end up being unable to climb to where the system has placed me in my alt acc, high plat.
Thins get even worse if I try to group up, it doesnt matter what kind of q I jump into, wheter its duo, trio or even a 6 stack, things get more obvious. After winning some matches in a row we get:
*Teams with 1 silver and 2 diamonds, low diamonds, but at the end of the day, still diamonds.
*People who’s season high was way higher than high plat
*People on my team tht disconnects or throw
And the same scenario applies to both accs, but I decided to pick my gold account as an example and focus on that one so that people can’t say things like " you deserve your rank, git gut and you’ll climb" which is obviously not the case considering I can play consisntently in high plat using the same heroes.
My conclusion and I now I might be speculating here, but I really think this “50% winrate matchmaking” is not fair at all and you guys are not only using SR into account to measure the odds of winning a game, and other couple of reason you brought up on this thread, such as the odds of teams and other things like that.
I do not understand why you need to force a 50% wr on people within the same SR (lets average this at 100 SR) where if, your sytem worked properly, you would not need to do that because people within the same 100 or even 200 SR difference should have the same odds of winning or loosing a game, at the end of the dy, that is where your system placed them and if you are not in that rank, you should be able to consisntently get wins and eventually get to a point where skill is beyond you and you are back to 50% wr, because you need to improve in order to continue climbing.
This is obviously not the case and I think the system is forcing a 50% wr based on other factors such as your opponent’s wr, the heroes they play, hell, even considering putting a thrower or a troll on your team, I dont think its very hard for Blizzard to identify someone who has been throwing last 10 games and then place it on your team.
So yes, I do not think this is fair, to me or to ny other person who is willing to climb, because no matter how good you are, you will get to a point where the system will forc you to lose using external factors and not only your skill and SR, in that case, I do not see the point of having an SR system.
Just to wrap this up, I apologize once again for the long text and I undertand that there are things that may go over my head and I havent really thought about yet, so I did this in the hopes for someone to be able to explain exactly what is the reason behind this happening and trust me, I would love if someone could make me change my mind regarding this.