Stop Rigging the Matchmaking
STOP with the rigged matchmaking system in ranked play. End it now. The manipulation of wins and losses to keep everyone as close to a 50/50 win/loss ratio in order to maximize your bottom line is destroying the game of Magic: The Gathering.
If I make a deck, I should be able to try it against all style decks that are in the queue system not simply against whatever smaller tiers of decks placed into a smaller pool that you have decided to place my deck in.
Lose against a specific deck style and you will draw lots more opponents of that deck style. Win against a deck style, you will not get many more opponents of that deck style. Put an Ugin card in your deck and you will face all control opponents. Place a Brushfire Elemental in your deck and you will face all aggro opponents. These are only a couple examples, but management is deluding themselves thinking that their player base does not understand that the game is 100% manipulating wins and losses, the only question is what are the factors involved in this manipulation (cards in your deck, amount of money you have spent, current win/loss ratio, how many of your daily wins you have completed, etc).
/signed Everyone who knows that the game is 100% rigged and not random
Your gameplay is complete garbage at this point. There really is no game being played, its just whose turn is it to win/lose. There's essentially no back and forth and by turn 2 maybe 3 I know whether I win or lose. Get matched against decks that my deck counters perfectly and get a perfect opener and on the play, win streak. Get matched up against decks that exactly counter mine 3-4 in a row on the draw, losing streak, 50/50 forced win rate achieved. Its simply made to force people to have to play twice as much to grind ladders for rank ups for **** rewards instead of true randomization in matches and gameplay where anything can happen. The only way to actually be "competitive" is to do nothing but play a **** load of games and eventually the game will make sure you win. About ready to just abandon magic altogether.
play with g/w ramp --> get all sorts of control or removal decks matched.
play with u/w control --> get all sorts of fast ramp/control decks matched.
they don't even try to hide it.
had a conversation over email with wotc support about letting us have technical insight how matchaking and shuffling algorithms work. got as a reply:
"I assure you that our algorithms, including matchmaking, the shuffler, coin flips, and others, have been tested at length and are working as intended. All players are on the same playing field using the exact same rules."
i answered with some more detailed questions and received a standard "Your feedback about MTG Arena is very valuable to us" blah blah reply. pathetic!
this is aggressive ignorance.
Dameon Geppetto#78715 commented
It would be really nice if wins and losses were based solely on random factors and not pre-determined by the matchmaking and shuffler algorithm. It is impossible for all of the statistical anomalies that happen on a daily basis to occur without blatant match rigging occurring in the coding behind the scene.
Stop limiting the pool of opponents based on what cards you have in your deck in a clear bid to manipulate wins and losses based on current winning percentage and other factors.
Your player base is fed up with this BS. Fix your broken game.