I honestly believe you guys had the best intentions with this new rank system, but at the same time I feel you guys tried to make a system that’s easily accessible it loses it’s value and purpose in a lot of areas.
I’ll keep try to keep this brief:
Still boostable and doesn’t represent player skill - If there’s a quitter on your team and you’re playing against a 5-stack, the GP can be boosted. Just got off a match where it happened. The sad part was that these were “eSport players” with the gold esports emblem. They declined to end the match and just farmed the people who didn’t quit until they could try and reach the cap. It ended up being a 30 mintue match and unpleseant waste of time. For the first time ever it made me want to quit, but hey it seems like rewarding unsporting behavior is now good right? The best part of all, if you have two quitters in your team, you get massively penalized and lose more points than you should. Also, you guys live for Esports players now that you have them spreading bad behavior around the game. Gears has always had cocky players and a lot of trash talk, but coming from those who “represent” the game competitively. LOL.
Even little bobby can climb up without doing anything! - There’s a new set of players emerging where they realize how easily to climb up and let a lot of the other players do the hard work. You call them support players, but in reality a good support player crosses, flanks, watches the ring or the weapons, etc… etc… but little bobby now hits someone with 2 hits of the lancer and gets 2 GP. Little bobby waits for the ring to spawn, gets it and leaves and doesn’t protect it. He gets 1GP. Little bobby see’s a down and they shoot it to get 2 GP. They end the match with over 90GP and you never saw little bobby on the battlefield. Oh but Xane, Gold + it requires 135 GP as a match entry. Yeah, but if you carry the little bobbies, because eventually they win, and rank up.
Now let’s talk about comformist bobby – Comformist bobby is another beast. He doesn’t care if he wins or loses. Why? Because he loses motivation. There’s a GP Cap, as soon as he see’s he’s not getting points, he loses motivation and stops playing with that fire he had at the start oif the match. While I get the cap is there to prevent boosting, WHICH STILL DOES NOT WORK IF THERE ARE QUITTERS, When you excel more than the rest of the people in both teams and were capped 30 elims over cap, 5 ring caps over cap, 5 breaks over cap. You feel cheated. Robbed. So if you know you capped, why keep trying? People seem to have this behavior. Yeah they try to win, but they don’t seem to be as invested.
Quitters and boosters – The biggest problem with your ranked system and it stems from the failure to keep 5 stacks against a group of singles or a duo pair and 3 singles. As soon as someone quits, you’re team can barely win the match if the other team is good. So once you’re higher than Gold, this is basically a guaranteed loss. Sure, “you can mitigate” the amount of GP lost, but hey there’s a cap. Weren’t you guys saying this is a better system than the previous one? Because I honestly feel this new system didn’t bring over the best things of the previous one. If you know the new system doesn’t handle quitters and you guys have a fix for quitters (which in my mind won’t work because people in Gears always quit for the smallest things, besides the game issues where you get banned in the map voting screen…), why then you guys don’t mitigate the amount of GP reduced from the match entry % based on the amount of people who quit? You guys have all this information and more than you should have. If someone quit for 80% of the match, or you guys can observe the behavior of the player and how much they’ve previously quit matches, you can help those who were left there and refuse to quit, but this system just throws them under the bus. Then waiting for OP 5, 3 freaking months for a fix, honestly the developers response to these issues seem more than slow, when a lot of other games seem to reply to issues like these quicker. I’m not pointing fingers at people whom left or are currently in charge of things, but why a freaking nerf, change takes so much time? You guys have Gears in your hands. The most unbalanced 3rd Person shooter in existance, neither Epic could make a perfect Gears, just make it playable and people will always play and people will always quit. This game feels unplayable in a lot of areas. Sure, some fans might love wallbouncing, others will hate it. Sure, 97.4323224% of players only use the gnashers, the 3% complains it’s a shotgun game. You guys have the source, have the data, have the community feedback to for the first time ever, make a fun gears game.
The maps, it’s now only Checkout, Blooddrive. Are you serious? It feels more stale, I already miss foundation and Allfathers Arena and those were getting picked always and the new Maps since to be so “balanced” they feel boring. Gears 1, 2and 3 maps were more fun. It’s supposed to be about fun. Yes they had their share of bad maps, but they weren’t made with eSports in mind. Every single map in Gears 5 just seems to be so focused in weapon balance that the flow of the match just feels repetitive, stale and boring. This is coming from someone who’s played every single Gears game, not just an average joe who started with Gears 4. Hell some Gears maps might even be bad but you have your good memories. Sandbar i’m looking at you. Overpass can screw itself. River was a horrible map, but the map WAS FUN.
This post might not even be read or cared for, which seems to be the biggest issue with feedback. The feedback that you guys listen seems to be selective.
I really wanted to lik e this system, Guardian was removed, TDM was removed and now the rank system is in a worse state, in my opinion. It’s not a matter of getting good and keep playing, the thing is it feels like a waste of time playing ranked at the moment. Sure it’s a pre-season but with the slow response… how much time till those issues are fixed?
When I play in Ranked, it’s just stress and anxiety. There’s no enjoyment. I love competitive matches and competitive games, I’ve got to Masters in every OP except the last one because I got banned for 15 mins on the map voting screen after being “kicked” and dropped from 13% to 30% and then a few losses in a row, I was around 70% and couldn’t care to grind to reach Masters one more time.
I keep coming back every new OP to give this game a chance. Horde is a convoluted mess. Escape is another mess. You need people for those. That’s another thing, you can’t always play with 5 buddies, sometimes 2, 3… you know… I’m stopping now lol. Because I’ll keep going and honestly this won’t matter
Love ya TC,
Still hopeful you guys will get it right someday.