The loss for promotion matches is far too steep.
Twice today I made it to promotion match for Killer rank, and twice I lost it.
It wasn’t the frustration of loss though that prompts me to make this point, but thinking about it, I do believe the penalty for losing a promotion match is way too much at the moment.
Basically, when you lose any non-promotion match you always lose about 30 or so points at most, unless to a very lower ranked player. For killer vs killer, gold vs gold, or killer vs gold, you lose about that amount. So when you get to the promotion match, you’re basically being put into the same caliber of matchup as stated from the three cases above, only to lose not 2x as many points, not 3x, not 4x, but 5x the normal amount of points to rank up. What happened that suddenly increased the stakes to facilitate this particular punishment for failure?
I understand there should be any entry doorway to which you have to prove you must enter to get to killer rank. I understand not just anyone should be let in, but this is a little overreached as a penalty. Even for a new title, this seems excessive for a punishment. I believe the grind to killer rank promotion matches are hard enough, but when you make it to where you can’t get back to promotion within 2 or 3 matches, and instead have to face 5 or 6 depending on whether or not your opponent is silver, bronze, qualifier, gold or killer, and to have to be under that kind of pressure, these stakes almost seem not even worth playing for, when the punishment you face far outweighs such a small prize. Not to mention, all matches at this particular level are almost always best of 3, further increasing the time to return to promotion match level.
That’s merely my opinion of course. While I’m glad there is a stronger barrier to prevent accidental rank ups beyond intended rank by accident, this punishment seems really harsh in comparison to the fact the killer rank is the only thing to be had at this point.
I’m not even mad at the players I lost to, but this penalty has about broken me for ranked. I get to the promotion match, which has taken long enough as it is, then I lose, at least another hour’s worth of grind, get there again, one more loss, and over another hour of grind.