And I’m trying to say, on US Servers, I agree with you, it’s a complete lottery.
I used to be able to stick to EU servers only where everyone is a consistent 5-30ms ping - very rare to see anyone more than 40-60, that would be an odd thing once in a while.
So yes, I agree, it’s random and mixed on US Servers - I’ve already admitted you can lose a game simply because of the server chosen and thus your ping as well as what that is like for the other team.
But the point is, all you can do is just try.
The ranking system does not take ping and server into account.
If you find you cannot do as well due to ping or matches that feel off due to ping fluctuations of others - that’s somewhat a legitimate reason and it does not allow you to be consistent if the matches are not consistent.
So this I understand - it’s difficult for sure and the system is blind to this.
But then it’s not that the system isn’t working - it’s more the problem of playing online and internet.
These are two different things.
You need to focus your frustrations away from the Ranking System and to the Quality of Service in the Matchmaking.
To conclude - yes it sucks. It will hold some people back but others will learn and adapt, you shouldn’t have to, absolutely, but it’s what TC have chosen for their system and I also do not agree with it, but I’m just giving the reasons and explanations as to how it is.
And don’t worry, I get you don’t mean any disrespect - likewise I’m just providing another perspective that agrees with what you are saying but also points to the fact that it is possible and that I understand it shouldn’t be that way still.