I have been spending this season testing your matchmaking system.
I got to Mythic my first month playing this game. After that, I could barely win a game in platinum and I wanted to understand why. So I made all the "meta" decks.
First I started with Mono-green, which gets beat pretty bad to Mid range Orzhov. I played 6 games and got Orzhov for 5 of them.
So I decided to play the Orzhov deck for 6 games, and got Blue control (which I hadn't seen until playing Orzhov) for 4 out of the 6 games.
Then I went to mono white, and for 4 games in a row after winning my first one, I had mirror matches.
I did this many more times with many more decks, and it is ALWAYS the same. I have to play decks that are difficult for the one I am playing. At least a "good match", which is not realistic.
Moral of this story, dumb saps like me spend money on this game, but the matchmaking has recently taken the fun out of the game. This is the best way to lose patrons.
Why can it not be rated on LEVEL or a random matchmaking?
our decks are most of the time matched against few very similar or identical types of decks and we can't do anything about it. there are so many other types of decks / strategies out there that we'll never be able to play against with certain decks, because the matchmaking doesn't allow it. it's not like the matched decks were the only ones that would create a "balanced" match and every other constellation would be unfair, we all know that.
it's more like the game matches you with something that couters your deck and it all comes down to drawing luck. where's the fun in that?
this only leads to more people following the meta and ultimately to most people playing the same decks / strategies.
it would be great to have a card filter option before playing a match, where you will not be matched against decks that contain the selected card(s).
Their reasoning is apparently to discourage netdecking, but this happens to me all the time, and I'm constantly building new decks.
If you're up for 1 more experiment, then it may be possible to change your luck if you were to limit the number of rares and mythics that you put into a deck. It's been hypothesized that this could remove the proverbial boot from your neck.