Theres no correlation between rank and “skill”.
Many, MANY “high end” competitive-level players, play with their friends, and not just their 1337 hardcore team try hard mode wheee go buddies- Because they, like a lot of people, would rather just play the game, especially when its convenient for them.
Which means quite often theyll play with people of lower skill than themselves, or their normal team mates.
Which means their rank gets brought down.
Balance is contextual in this game. Its not AS hunter favored as a lot of the “1337 monstar mainz” here complain that it is, IMO. And i Strongly feel the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the MAJORITY of players think they are better than they really are. “Im better than these guys damn it. I shouldnt be losing. Obviously its the games fault” kind of deal-
HOWEVER, with some specific “meta comps”, it is generally hunter-favored. Key word being “Generally”. I strongly argue that kraken is not only strong enough to deal with basically all of the “meta” comps in this game- But he quite arguably has the advantage (albeit slightly- If the kraken player misses combos and opportunities, he will lose). Behemoth is also a notable example here, i feel hes disadvantaged (albeit, like kraken, “only slightly”) against even the “weakest” comps.
But the vast majority of the OTHER possible comps against the majority of the monsters? Id argue its pretty darn close to balanced. While admittedly not perfect, ANY monster can turn hunter-mistakes into monster-wins at just about any point. Even behemoth. That is something worth considering.
If I were to sum it up, itd be like this:
… Meta comps
Remaining monsters… Most hunter comps
Stronger things on the top of the list, weakest things on the bottom of the list. Things on the same level, being around the same power. If I could change a few things I would- but am limited by spacing. Id only rate kraken “half a line” above the “meta” comps for example- As While i feel hes arguably stronger than them, i dont feel hes OBSCENELY stronger than them. Etc