“I can’t get out of Silver! / Gold! The ranks are broken! TC, how could you ever allow for such a garbage ranking system! I should be ranked much higher!”
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve heard this to the point where I throw up a little in my mouth every time I read it. This popular narrative which is solely pushed by players with lackluster stats is completely out of control and I wanted to add a bit of data to the discussion versus people’s random stories with no evidence, or screenshots of scoreboards showing a loss in points when, for all we know, they performed below their expectation.
First thing’s first. TC recently did an hour long podcast discussing rank, point distribution, and how it all works. You can check it out here if you haven’t seen it… it’s quite informative and I encourage people watch before developing an opinion… the TLDR though is that every player has a skill rating, and they’re expected to pull a certain amount of weight based on that skill rating. If you perform above the expectation, you’ll gain a nice amount of pts, and if you play below expectation, you’re going down… This happens on a per round basis meaning you dropping the ball especially hard one round can undo your work on a previous round.
Despite what Bronze / Silver players tell you This is not random. If it were random, we’d be seeing good players legitimately trapped in lower tiers while rocking decent stats according to Gears5.com… But out of all the stat cards I’ve requested, not one player claiming foul due to the system can back up their claim with decent stats. You’ll never see a guy with amazing stats across every category that’s trapped in Silver, Bronze, Gold, etc. It just doesn’t happen… And please, before you post your disagreeing opinion on this, go check out your own stats yourself and see… Do you have great stats? Should you really be ranked higher based on the numbers?.. Or is that just how you feel? I’m going to guess it’s the latter.
The one thing that seems weird to me is the placements… I placed in Silver 2 this time around despite rocking amazing stats and placing Masters in this playlist twice already previously. Whatever. We’ll get there. Here are all matches in orderwith scoreboards and point distribution screens. I won most, I lost some.
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28 games, rarely lost points except on a few occasions, and nearly all had justifiable reasons as outlined… Guys, this ranking system is fine… Could minor tweaks improve it? Sure. Nothing is perfect… But these posts talking about losing massive amounts of XP for “No Reason” need to end… If you want to bring a legitimate argument to the table by uploading your stat card in the game-mode you have a problem with then by all means, go ahead and lets talk about it. I’m not saying the system is perfect. I’m saying it’s good enough for players to progress if they’re decent. I’ve gone to Masters 9 times now. I’ve watched decent members in my party progress while playing with me… The ranking system isn’t the reason you’re in Bronze, Silver, Gold. The reason is more than likely you.
Tips / Advice:
For all that is holy PLEASE look at your stats by heading over to Gears5.com… This shows you categories you’re lacking in and can open your eyes as to what needs to change when it comes to your play. You think I knew my up-time was so garbage in execution I was only among the top 45% of the community? No, I didn’t… then I saw that, started valuing my life a bit more, and my performance improved. Things like that. (That’s true, btw. I generally dislike Execution)
If you’re struggling to progress, matchmake with a party. This is a team-based game where communication is key. If you can’t be bothered to party up, don’t cry when you’re punished for it.
Don’t immediately become frustrated! It’s easy to see negative points when your team won a round and instantly throw your hands in the air… Try to recall why it happened. Did you not get many kills in that round? Did you suddenly die a lot compared to the first? Were you ignoring the objective? Etc… There’s nothing glaringly wrong with this current implementation of point distribution. If you recognize your faults, you can improve versus just getting mad and changing nothing. It’s easy to see your entire match at the end-screen, but try to remember the rounds, and most likely, you lagged a bit behind where you lost points.
That’s it, guys. Sorry for some if they didn’t want to read a wall of text, but this crap is grinding my gears lately. This community has far too many people making outrageous claims when they don’t fully know what they’re talking about… Again, if you think you’re some crazy anomaly and you should be placed in Masters but you’re stuck in Gold, please, by all means, post your stats and lets discuss… but no more people with horrid stats crying broken system, please. No more claiming ranking up is impossible. No more claiming Master players only rank up from playing a million hours. No more saying it’s random (I guess the odd glitch could happen here and there, but come on >.>)