Plain and simple. First of all – when I was bronze, the promotion match matched me against killer ranks 3 times in a row only to be supremely defeated and set back points. Why should a killer ever be matched against a bronze? This should never happen. It should be capped at the rank you’re promoting into, this seems so obvious it hurts.
Second of all, now I’m silver and the same thing is happening over again, except you get less points for wins so you still have to win another 3-4 matches in a row. So the 3 matches before I reach 1000 points, were all gold ranked players and obviously I beat them all. So now my promotion match hits, and it does the right thing and matches me against a gold player, Master Title. He beats me, I didn’t get bodied, he just barely beat me. So now I lose 150 points and I’m at 850 and I queue into a new match and it’s the same guy who just beat me.
I body him this time. Like BODIED – still silver. That’s beyond retarded.
It’s so frustrating to lose the promotion match even though you been bodying dudes left and right in the league above yours to lose and then have to grind more matches just for the chance again. I mean I was 12 points from 1,000, I beat a gold rank player and it takes me to 1,000 and then I have to do it again?
This is just bad design and it’s super frustrating and is acting as an artificial barrier to the next league. If promotion matches are always going to be a thing, then they at very least absolutely NEED to be a set not just 1 match. If it were best 2 of 3, I’d be gold right now. On that note, why the hell do bronzes fight against silvers and golds when they aren’t at their promotion match? What is the point in leagues if the match maker is going to put you against players in higher leagues regularly?
None of this makes any sense to me – I don’t understand what’s wrong with just using Elo and placing people in ranks based on their elo score – like literally every single other 1v1 ranked game on earth. This ■■■■ is frustrating, no lie and it’s not because I don’t belong in gold because I bodied 30-40 gold players with Master Plaques just to get to the promotion match.
When I finally did win my promotion match from bronze to silver – it was such a joke – I got one of the easiest matchups for my wulf it wasn’t even funny. Now all I’m getting is Glacius/Sadira/Riptor on loop – all of those supremely more difficult than 4/5ths of the possible match ups. The promotion match system in short is counter-intuitive to the actual game.
Take two of the best in the world, they might trade wins. That’s what happens when they get the download. In one match you barely get the read, and then you might lose but actually have the read. Definition of stupid frustrating. What is the point of promotion matches? To make it more like martial arts? In martial arts you get promoted even if you lose as long as it was close – the purpose of the match is to demonstrate knowledge, not to show you’re the best on earth. I don’t even understand the logic of this. Yes, if I keep playing and bouncing off the 1000 point ceiling eventually I’ll end up in the next league, but since that’s where I belong, why make it frustrating for me to bust through the break point?
Honest question – how is that desirable or good design?
Sidenote; the match that formed this opinion was my 4th promotion match to gold league and it ended with both of us in the danger zone. Why should I have to win 4 more games in a row just to get another chance when it was that close? Does nobody else find this artificial slog of a break point frustrating and unfun? Like it’s literally the antithesis of fun to me, bouncing off this barrier numerous times before finally being handed an easy win to bust through to the next league.
Before people come in and say “well it’s too easy to rank up” well I don’t want to make it easier – just less frustrating. I don’t think artificially forcing a break point makes it easier or harder, just more frustrating. I’m obviously not going to suddenly get beat back down to 0, feel me?
For the record – I am a new player [pc player] but I already beat a wulf who is rank 60 for all wulf players on the wulf leader board. He is killer rank, I’m silver rank – that doesn’t make any sense at all.
And what’s the deal with Smurfs anyway – like seriously – I body a lot of players I’m up against, like supreme victories against players in higher leagues than me, but then a bronze comes along account level 12, fighter level 3 and bodies you like they are professional. Never miss a shadow counter/counter-break every break, break every combo you throw no matter the mix up and reset when you try to counter break them. How could someone account level 12 fighter level 3 be that good? Easy, they are killers smurfing. If you’re a killer smurfing, just stop. Play against players your skill level or against players that want to fight you in exhibitions. You lose mega points to smurf accounts, stop wrecking peoples ladders – this actually damages the integrity of the game, if you care about K.I. and it’s community – don’t effin do this.
Sorry for the rant, and no it’s not salt. I’m not mad that I lost, I’m mad at the design of promotion matches. I also love to fight much better players – if I find one in exhibition I rematch until I win. Sometimes it takes 15 matches to win one, but I’ll fight 20 if that’s what it takes, because that’s how you get better.