I’m writing this to finally have an explanation from someone that is going to make sense for me as some of the occurrences iv’e had make absolutely no sense at all.
I was ranked in Gold 2 to start the season and was able to quickly make my way into Onyx as iv’e finished most seasons just outside of diamond despite diamond 5 players telling me that i should have achieved this rank when looking at some of the pathetically terrible players that have achieved it before me. Nonetheless, I kept playing and got into Onyx 3 with pretty constant movement, winning around 80% of my games. But once I hit Onyx 3 69%, despite continuing to win, my rank just froze. No matter what win I got, after 20 games played with consistently high performances and wins, my rank would not move, even though my two other Onyx 3 teammates who on most occasions would finish below me, were still going up. I’m not going to pretend that I achieve MVP on every occasion because it would be silly to lie about how I perform when seeking advice, but I would say I achieve 3rd, 2nd and 1st place on my team over 90% of the time when playing ranked with a 3 stack usually. Despite this and even more constant wins, my rank continued to freeze whilst my friends went up.
Following this, after one single loss, my rank dropped 7% whilst my teammates rank increased by 0.5% regardless of the fact that I had achieved 1st place on my team. After this, a viscous spiral began where despite winning around 80% of games and putting in reasonably good performances for my team, my friends continue to rank up whilst my rank still goes downwards, all the way down to 27%.
But this part is where the real confusion began. I continue to play with my friends whilst we are still on a winning streak of about 8 or 9, then after another win, I check my rank only to see that it has dropped by 7% exactly. Once I told my friends (who always try and figure out rational explanations for these issues but just can’t for my rank issues) they just had no idea what to say, and when I told my D5 friend about it, he simply said “The ranking system is completely broken”. A regression of 7% after a long streak of wins has never happened to me before but it has now, I cannot see any rational explanation as to why my rank went gradually from Gold 2 to Onyx 3 69% with me putting in the same performances at very similar standards only for it to gradually fall all the way down to the point where just yesterday, I fell down into Onyx 2. The most infuriating part of it all is the fact that I know that my performance didn’t change. I didn’t start choking all my games all of a sudden, I maintained a high level of performance and won the vast majority of games and my rank freezing the way it did makes no sense in the slightest. I understand that progression should slow once you’re getting closer to diamond, but there is a large difference between a ranks progress slowing, and progress stopping completely.
I was also told that apparently it’s a good idea to solo queue into matches to increase your rank, so despite me having a hatred for solo queuing in gears due to the incompetence of teammates (getting 80 kills for my team and still losing 2-0 lol), I still searched nonetheless. I was matched against a stack of five players who were Diamond 4, won the game 2-0 and obtained MVP whilst my team contained two diamond 2 players and the rest were Onyx 3’s. If that is not a quality performance and win, then i’m sorry but I no longer understand what one is. And yes, I am aware that if a rank is frozen then one game won’t moving, I am just trying to make a point as to some of the performances I have put in for my team and received absolutely nothing for.
And just to clarify, these issues are only occurring in KOTH. It’s the main game mode I play and after 1200 games of it, apparently fate is not on my side lol.
Any advice would be great.