Correct me if I’m wrong in places but this is how i see it. The problem for me is the 2 tier system. You have a behind the scene skill ranking and a visual ranking that we all see. These don’t always align. The result can feel bad for the user as what you see is not what you always get. As in, you may beat people of visual higher rank but not necessarily be rewarded as your skill ranking is similar to the people you just beat. Another problem is that your stats don’t update in real time. More so on a back log of matches if Im not mistaken. This can be frustrating as you naturally want to see positive results after a positive performance. If you MVP and win against higher ranked players and see no results, it could be because you lost your previous match(s) and or played poorly. Sure that MVP match will eventually reflect into your ranking, but it sure doesn’t feel as good as it would if it were reflected right after you won a tough match.
Than we have the matchmaking system. To me it seems likes its free for all. When i play as a solo player, i often play against a 3,4 or 5 stack. Often of higher visual rank, and my team of lower visual rank. So what is it? Are our skill ratings actually equal behind the scene and thats why we are matched against them? Or is TC trying to cut down on matchmaking times and they have just opened up matchmaking to all rankings. I mean, i see Bronze and Silver players against Onyx and Diamond often. If this is the case, what is the point of rankings?
If you are truly playing as a solo 5 man team and are against a 5 stack you are at a big disadvantage, and i think this should reflect in the rankings (speaking for Escalation). As in you shouldn’t be punished the same as you would be if you lost against a team of 5 solo players (with all rankings being equal). In addition, you shouldn’t be punished at all if a player quits early into a match. With 4, the odds of winning or even playing to your fullest is extremely hard. If you stay and lose, I believe you take a hit, and if you leave once the “return to menu” screen appears I believe you take a hit.