I really hope they dont make many changes to the ranking system. I really think it works and its the reason I have sunk more hours into this Gears than any other Gears i have played. I love competitive gaming and its nice to see where you stand. And getting beat down from time to time helps you see where you need to be to move up. I know it can be frustrating if you feel stuck, but believe me you are stuck for a reason. If it bothers you that much that you cant move up then practice more. I do believe anyone can achieve anything but it just might take more work for some. I have said this multiple times and i will say it again. I really think the difference between gold, onyx and diamond players is a few keys.
1.) Use of cover system and map placement
2.) use of all weapons efficiently
3.) Better close range play with Gnasher
4.) Diamond level usually does all the above plus more speed and accuracy. Plus typically more strategy.
It is not that I am stuck personally, but even if you are on a team it doesn’t matter. The lag compensation is game changing. I have been in countless matches full squad and the other team sponges horribly a good bit of the time. High pinging players I am telling you! This leads me to stick by what I say that there can be no true rank because the current system feels it is only based on a kill/death ratio. This goes back to other ranking systems which factor in other things like assists, game objectives, etc. I just don’t see how this current system would really survive if it isn’t looked at with a magnifying glass and problems fixed. Everyone knows it, everyone sees and plays it. It just isn’t addressed in my opinion but if your comfortable with it then believe what you will. It needs a change, but at least we have some discussion threads that hopefully get seen.
But you see, it is that line of thought that gets you what we have now which is a laggy mess which won’t accurately determine a rank. If they want to base it off of wins and K/D I am fine with that as well. All you will see though is what a lot of players do which is to hide and wait for action to come there way or they just quit. If we don’t voice these concerns you will just get Gears 4 2.0 I really want to play Gears 5, something fresh and slightly different than the current system.
To me the lag issue is separate from the ranking system. Does it impact your rank sure but its impacting everyone so it cancels out for the most part. Im not sure one party is really benefiting from it. I wouldnt want to play on a 250 ms ping even if i was sponging all day long. Hopefully there is a way it can be better. I think the best solution is a more active Gears community so hopefully the game brings in a large population of gamers.
My final statement is that your rank should be based on K/D. In every mode of a shooting game K/D is the most important stat. That includes KOTH. I have lost matches where i have had 30 caps. It doesnt mean much if you cap for 5 seconds and die. Its all about capping then killing and staying alive to hold the cap.
Edit: here is an example. If you add it up we had more caps and more breaks. But the winning team had 30 more kills and 11 or so more downs.
Yeah the main thing i am trying to drive across (because I see this a lot, even with my own friends) that dying in KOTH does matter. That running into a 5v1 and dying but getting a 1 second break doesnt help in any way. And im here to tell people that at high ranks there are actually less kills and less caps. Because good teams lock down caps and dont allow opponents near the cap. So yeah i agree, high kill counts usually means you are dying less. However, dont think because you are playing KOTH and have endless respawns that K/D doesnt matter. That mentality alone can hold you back from ranking up.
I definitely see your point. I just want to see people move up. My goal is always to get the most out of every life I have. Regardless of mode. I never sit back scared but you have to play smart. I see too many people just run out in the open. And the lower the rank the more you see it. You barely see people at Onyx 3 and Diamond out of cover. The biggest thing that has helped me improve at KOTH is playing different modes. Especially 2v2 and TDM. Even though the concepts are different the skills carry over. And learning how to win 1v1 and 2v1 are skills that help you play KOTH at a higher level. I would like to play Arms Race but have never found a match. The reason i see that mode as helpful is because utilizing power weapons around the map typically make assaulting a cap easier. If you can pick off 1 or 2 guys with a torque bow or sniper rifle now you may be able to handle a 1v1 or 2v1 with your Gnasher.
I have been following this thread for a while now and i see a lot of people complaining about lag and the ranking system. And i think the focus of this thread should be where can people improve to move up in Rank (if thats what they want to do). Because we have no control over the ranking system or the lag. What we do have control over is improving our skill level in certain areas. Just like any game or sport practice is what makes you better. Expand out play different modes.