I’m getting really, REALLY frustrated with the current state of ranked in Evolve. Right now, i’m ranked #18 on the top of the PS4 monster leaderboards. In the past 3 days, i have lost three matches on Ranked hunt, all of which were total bunk. The first one, my game froze just as the first dome dropped. -7 points. That bumped me down from 15 to 20. I was a little peeved but it wasn’t terrible, i put in some extra work to get back up to 15 or so. The next day I’m playing a game, i shoot a tongue grab at their trapper who’s 70m away from the rest of the team, should be an easy strike right? My tongue straightens out, I lock up, i have to watch the rest of team filter into the dome and my health just melt. -10, and straight back to rank 20. The NEXT day, after bumping my rank back up to 16 or 17, i’m playing against some bronze destroyers/Silver skilled. I down everyone but their medic and i start rolling towards the guy when suddenly my app crashes, and i’m sent back to the Playstation home screen. I open it back up, and there i am at rank 20, for a third time. My W/L has been stable and rising at a little over 10 this whole time, so i know that for every every one of those 3 losses I’ve won at least 10 times. At least 33 games + time waited and Nothing to show for it in my rank.
Take all of this and factor in the frustration of the 15-45 minute wait times between games that often pit me up against people and/or teams that i beat Every Time I fight. The frustration of rolling one team for a 2:30 game and getting one point, then fighting a halfway decent team that requires a good amount of effort and Also getting one point. The frustration of the only team seemingly at my skill level outright Refusing to fight me, leaving every time they get matched with me so i’m left to fight the lower rungs on the ladder one by one until, maybe one day, I can skip over these lame guys and face a challenge. Suffice to say: It’s a lot of frustration.
So, with that being said, there has GOT to be something that can be done about this. I understand that it’s got to be a really hard thing to do from a developer’s standpoint to prevent lagging out of games and glitches and things from actually costing the player points, but there should be some kind of appeal process, or even a way for the opposing team to show mercy on a lagging monster. If that’s too much to ask for, then there should be something to prevent Queue-dodging from happening, or at LEAST prevent it from happening constantly. Maybe masking the opposing (player/team)'s username and/or rank? Maybe allowing a certain number of Queue dodges for a certain period of time before it costs points? Something, please. I feel like i might as well have been banging my head against a wall these past couple days.