Ranked Mode in Season 2 is one of those topics everyone just seems to have an opinion on. Everybody seems to be a Killer now yet still play like they’re Gatekeepers or below from Season 1’s Ranked Mode.
One of the best things to happen in Ranked was the 2 out of 3 Matches. This is literally the closest thing you can get as far as tournament standards.
The bad thing is Ranked has partnered up with Ultra Arcade and are rewarding KI World Cup Points for the upcoming KI World Cup. The main issue with this is your usual top placing players, cough Vjdouble34 cough, are abusing the system as far as honesty goes. Himself and lots of other players are BLOCKING players who can beat them free and not giving those players the opportunity to get these extra bonus points (higher than 50 points) to actually get a shot at placing in the Top 32 and receive some KI World Cup points themselves.
I’ve had the opportunity to make it twice already in the Top 32. 1st time was the initial month (March 2015) it was released and 2nd time was last month (July 2015). I actually had the best win ratio too as far as Ranked wins go. I placed 27th last month with a record of 678 Wins and 32 Losses ( 3 disconnects counted as losses, but I’ll go over that too). I played at almost all hours of the day but never once ran into your usual Top placing players every month because they block me. They block lots of other well known players too so they don’t lose their points. I had more Wins and fewer Losses than lots of people above me like 5th place. They just had more points because of the bonus points they would receive by running into the top players who block me and others, plus they managed to beat them. They can get up to 1,000 points per win while we have to settle for 50 points.
The other thing players are abusing, is this glitch where they find a match and back out during the character selection screen. This gives them the win, points and either gives their opponent a win too or sometimes a loss. I experienced 3 of them last month, but a lot more in the prior months. Again, another way to cheat themselves up to the top of the leaderboards. I find this to be just as bad as BLOCKING players who can beat you free.
The other big complaint are from your newer players. The ones who are still learning the game. They complain about always running into players way above their league. They say that sometimes, they will just stand there and take the beating just so they can hurry up and end the match so they can search again. They get paired up with another player who just demolishes them too. This discourages them from wanting to play and instead, they load up another game other than KI.
There needs to be more tiers/ranks. if not, players need the option to lose their rank that way they can get partnered up with players around their skill level. This will help players from getting discouraged from beat downs and keep them playing KI instead of loading in another game.
My last suggestion is to add Win Streak Bonus points. The higher your win streak is, the higher your Bonus points can get. This can eliminate the issue most of us have that are BLOCKED by Vjdouble34 and other players who somehow are always in the top. It will just help alleviate the issue of only being able to receive more than 50 points per set win since we can’t get bonus points since we get blocked.