So lets imagine its the new ranked season. Huzzah, two ways to play dirty bomb in a party. You have 4 friends online, skill ranges all the way from silver 3 to cobalt 1. You aren’t a pro team, and the extent of your communication is simple call outs (most of it is general chatter and banter) What do you do?
- Play competetive. You get put against a team with an average ranked 2-3 subranked higher than you, usually with at least 2 cobalts/1 elite to ‘match’ your apparent skill being in a stack of friends. You lose most games unless you go full cheese strat like stacking rhino’s or javelins, and even then its a gamble on when the much better players on the enemy team break your defences or swat away your assaults.
or do you:
- Play casual. You put your self up the mercy of the CMM system, and there are only two outcomes. You either get put against complete randoms, winning around 75% of the time (leading to them complaining about the stacks since its the average skill thats probably out of wack). Or you get put up against the same stack of opponents, over and over and over again until ones side yields and either leaves the game or decides to wait 10 minutes for a different game, to which you go back to playing against randoms.
Ive kinda guess where these problems seem to stem from.
This problem stems from the balance needed to counter the full stack pro teams that can decimate the opposition. Yeah, we can try and be all tryhard etc, but you cant do much against a guy that can wipe the floor with you just by sneezing at you.
I assume this comes from the way CMM works. Solo playing CMM, the usual composition is one or two high level squaddies, a couple mid range ones with a few hundred hours, and 1-2 complete noobs with default guns, no map knowledge or skill whatsoever. HOWEVER, playing in a party removes the last category and replaces it with the high skilled or mid skilled players (of your choice), meaning the enemy has an unnecessary skill deficit. Or in the case of the party vs party thing, its the matchmaking system putting you against any big stack thats online (usually there is only one other queuing at the same time sadly.)
So…what am i meant to do? Should i suck it up, queue for ranked and have a bad time against elite operatives? Or should i queue in casual, have easy games against bad teams, ruining their experience of the game, and just HOPE that another, similarly skilled stack is on the other team so we can FINALLY have some fun?