It is interesting that so many people are defending smurfs. They are literally destroying the playing experience for everyone in the tier they are smurfing in.
People complain here because they want to enjoy overwatch, they want to play against players of a similar skill and have closely contested games, but the majority of their games are ruined by the ‘smurf experience’.
I understand that even without smurfs there will be lopsided games sometimes, but I have been playing this game on and off for a long time, this wasn’t a major problem in the first several seasons, these seasons were amazing, the games were fun, people were usually respectful and worked together to try and win.
I happily played around the Diamond/Master level and really enjoyed this game. Then the smurfing problem slowly started to get worse and worse until eventually I stopped enjoying the game as a result, and I quit.
I hadn’t really touched the game for a year or 2. I just recently got back into it and I can hounestly say after playing again for 3+ weeks - Competitive is a lopsided joke, it sucks, and it is boring solely because of Smurfs.
Basically there are three types of scenarios:
- The smurf is purposely de-ranking and delibately losing
- The smurf is practicing and won’t work with their team to try and win
- The smurf is incredibly good, and makes the match lopsided
Now the third is actually the biggest issue. To give you an example I just came from a game which prompted me to post here. I was up against x3 non-ranked level 30s who were amazing, very clear they knew how to play well. We had x1 non-ranked level 30 who was clearly new.
Our tanks would get destroyed in seconds, our team were calling them awful and being extremely toxic. But really, what could they do?. They are Gold/Plat players getting destroyed by players clearly playing at a Master/GM level. Yet people sit there and take it out on them.
And this is the current trend in competitive, 50% of the games I play there is nothing but toxicity towards the people not keeping up because of the lopsidedness of the match. Whether it be the team I’m on, or the other team, there is nothing but blame for non-smurfs getting destoryed by the smurfs.
But that’s just my opinion based on my experiences, I will stop playing this game again soon once lockdown ends because I don’t like watching people get bullied, blizzard seems to only care about sales, and well, this game is just really boring and no one wants to fix the biggest problem with it.