Am I missing something? The OP says they “merged” the queue but I only see ranked… Where does one find this “casual” option? They didn’t merge anything… they killed a game mode.
IMO… Unranked should be default… Every match is casual. If you want competitive play, you buy a ticket and play a bracket. At the end of the “season” the standings for the brackets are tallied. This is a)more competitive and b)helps regulate in-game currency. It also means, all of these unofficial side tournaments will likely be easier to organize, since there is already a bracket mechanism in play.
Whatever the case, I don’t care about rotations. I do think it helps to keep the meta on it’s toes but when the devs are going to “turbo-balance” high play cards, wtf is the point of a rotation?
In the part where they mention “floor players”, that’s because people play ladder for free stuff. If you implement my suggestion there will be no such thing.
You aren’t allowing players to play what they want because we want to play casual.
We are not doing exactly what we were doing before as casual players. Now, we’re being thrown into a perpetual competitive scene that has absolutely no barrier to entry and is set up to foster toxic behavior.
Popularity of styles seems like something that should happen or not on it’s own. If more people were migrating to casual but the devs or whoever, decided to kill that one because the other mode became less popular then obviously the modes themselves are not the problem.
Testing decks absolutely is impacted by this. Just this season, I was rank 12 and had a solid run at gold. I decided… don’t ask me why, that now would be a great time to see how an egg-based Magmar deck would play. I lost a few entire ranks trying to test that deck. Now it’s marginally tuned but frankly I got tired of hitting optimized decks from people doing their end of season laddering and losing horribly. I did switch over to my tuned decks and pulled back some of that rank but the whole situation has me put off from the game entirely.
The system does NOT put you against similarly ranked opponents. At rank 13 I was getting paired with gold players. Explain to me how that is what you mean? It is definitely not based on your W/L record.
The removal of a casual mode was a disaster in my eyes. Again, if you’re going to have drafts, I think competitive play should be set up exactly the same way and the default mode should be non-ranked matches. I know people will disagree because at the moment there is no barrier to entry but that lack of entry is part of the problem. If last 2 got a free ticket, orb, and cosmetic, and second round got 1 orb, I think a lot of people would be happy with this change. You could also offer promos and rotate the orbs, throw in a crate, whatever… but the point is, an open pool with no barrier is easily soured.