The ranking system for Overwatch has come under criticism by members of the game’s community, according to a thread the official forums. The initial complaint stems from the shooter’s method of ranking players once reaching the competitive mode, which is made available once reaching level 25.
It’s probably not a new criticism, but its certainly one that even I’ve picked up on once reaching that point myself. Can the system in place properly represent players overall skill if it only goes up when winning games? The premise of this in a general gaming sense might seem to be the correct one, but when it comes to a team-based shooter that you are playing by yourself, it can feel somewhat frustrating.
User dbzlucky raised this issue with the following post:
How does my rank possibly represent my skill when it only goes up if i win games. But i can only win games in comp if my team mates carry their weight. You can’t say this is a team game where everyone needs to work together to win and if you don’t you’ll lose.
The lengthy opening comment goes on to summarize that the player’s solo rank is based on the team mates that they are paired with, not necessarily based on their overall skill. Its a completely fair point to make too, and is reiterated by fellow community members such as Daggoth1408, who adds:
Your own individual rank is based on the performance of 5 others rather than just yourself like how it should be.
Meanwhile, KGB313 responded:
Bottom line is that not every player on the winning team is better than every player on the losing team. Yet the worst player on the winning team gains SR with each win, and the best player on the losing team loses SR when they lose.
This is a trait that hopefully Blizzard can look into. As impartial as we can attempt to remain, its hard to see a side where this ranking system is anything but at least slightly unfair. If being able to play with team mates that you know isn’t a luxury that is available to you, then you shouldn’t be punished for it. As the point was made above, the worst player on the winning team doesn’t necessarily deserve to increase their rank over a better player on the losing team. It doesn’t seem to be representative of a player’s individual abilities with the game.
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