I ran into a Killer today that challenged me with a low level Sadira. A few seconds into the match, he completely destroys me, using tech that somebody who hasn’t played Sadira for a long while would know. Releasing that this individual was using a Smurf account, I immediately quit the match, as I have no respect for those who stat boost or manipulate data. The individual messaged me, and I told them that I didn’t care how skilled they were, they shouldn’t manipulate their game card to make themselves look less skilled in order to score easy wins.
They denied the accusation, however the Gamer score is barely 1000, and their KI playtime on that account was abysmal.
While thankfully this is rare, I do run across people in Bronze and Silver that are actually absurdly good players. In most cases, whether I win or lose, I get hostile messages asking me how I got into Killer if said Bronze or Silver almost beat me. In all cases they have stupidly low Gamer scores.
Here’s the deal, I have absolutely no respect for a person who smurfs because it hurts new players. Like many of my friends, if I encounter a new player that is just getting into KI, I will generally play my second and third string characters (Spinal, Hisako, Glacius, and Jago), so the match will be a little fairer for them. When I see a Level 1 Bronze Jago, there is a 99.9% chance that I will choose Jago as well. When that Level 1 Bronze Jago performs a perfect all manual combo and near perfects me, teabags me and then sends me a nasty message, it makes me gun shy for the next match with a low level character.
Some people believe that you should fight every fight as if facing a pro, and when I do that, I utterly destroy the other player, and I can’t imagine it being very fun for them. There are some players, even on this message board here, that will not complete a match with me, even after I switched characters.
Here’s the deal, this isn’t something that MS can fix. This is something that we as a community have to work on. Be honest with your skill level. That is the whole purpose of Ranked and having Ranks.