SBMM is really forcing me into becoming a survivor main.
Okay so basically, SBMM has been nothing but a pure negative for me. I absolutely despise it.
As you know, I've always said on these forums that the 0.1% optimal SWF are incredibly rare in red ranks, and if you're losing the majority of your games there's definitely room for improvement on your end, since a lot of survivors in red ranks just weren't good and could be caught fairly easily. And I still stand by that statement.
Only for rank-based matchmaking, however.
Now, you see dear children, I played an awful lot of killer during the times of RBMM and, dare I say, I was actually rather good at it. In red ranks, for RBMM, and I played very casually. I didn't sweat, nor did I play particularly "scummy"- my definition of scummy being used here is probably very different to yours. I had a moral code I enjoyed following, and overall I had a fun experience.
However, because of me playing so much killer, I appear to have tricked the system. It, for some reason, thinks my measely 3.4k hours can put up a particularly fair fight vs the SWF teams people thought they were facing. I know I'm facing these teams because I check Steam profiles to see how effective SBMM is in terms of hours, achievements, and comments if any are available. The majority of players I face have each other on their friends list, some have clan tags in their names, and they all seem to have over double- sometimes even triple- my in-game hours.
To put it simply, it isn't fun. It is the very opposite of fun. I am not having a very good time.
Now- queue times! Yes, these wonderful things! Playing when I used to get instant queues now leaves me waiting for over 20 minutes, only to be thourougly destroyed by the Coldwind offering, Prove Thyself, and very good MedKits/Toolboxes. And I have to say, waiting 20+ minutes to face that game after game really isn't my idea of fun.
And one of your biggest selling points of this system- individual killer MMR- doesn't seem to wish to function either, as killers I play literally never and I'm trying to get achievements for currently (Clown, Ghostface, Trapper, Michael, Pig, and Oni) seem to be getting the same teams I'm getting as Wraith, Nurse, Pyramid Head, and Freddy. How do I know they're the same? Because they are quite literally the same people- like I said, I check Steam profiles where possible and changing your name on console is a pain in the ass :)
This is playing cross-play on, by the way.
So, whilst survivor hasn't really gotten better thanks to SBMM, it also hasn't gotten noticeably worse either- and I chalk this down to me not playing survivor very often and the fact my build literally revolves around bullying myself into doing generators because I never seem to be on them.
And because that's still somewhat fun, I fear your system may be bullying me into maining survivor.
I have always held the opinion that this game had, and has, serious balance issues, that were mitigated due to the massive variety in player skill at even ranks 1 and 2. SBMM has taken this variety, and thrown it out of the window, exposing the massive flaws in balance. And I know another reason for this is so you can see where the balance issues lie with data- but the funny thing is, the community could have told you that. Like they could have, and were, telling you SBMM is a horrible idea that will make playing killer for anyone remotely competent nothing but an absolute bore where you're forced into playing the meta because you have no other choice.
And that leads me onto another thing! I have played roughly 50 killer games since SBMM was enabled, and won approximately 2 of them, with another 3 ending in the much-loved 2k2e. So, theoretically, my MMR must have plummeted faster than my last relationship, right? Wrong! I'm still facing the same teams, and the same people (because, again, I keep track of who I face).
It really isn't a fun experience, and if survivor stops being fun I might genuinely stop playing for good- which is a shame, because not only has this game been with me throughout a large part of me growing up, but it does actually get quite fun at times; I'd argue the majority of the time it was fun, actually. This fun has evaporated, much like what would happen if you threw a water baloon at the sun, leaving nothing but a dry husk of disappointment.
I am well aware that I am the problem here- it is my lack of skill which is causing these results, and I completely accept that, as well as the fact that I need to get better.
My issue arises with the fact that my rating is not dropping, apparently, so I cannot actually face people my skill level and improve my gameplay, or grind out achievements. And the only reason I got this high was because I was a good player facing average to bad survivors and I won against them a lot.
I really want this to work, and I really want this to be fun.
Please, BHVR, either send this back to the drawing board or try your best to improve it over time- hopefully rather quickly. I'd get on my knees and beg, but this is an internet forum and I doubt it would do much.
(Please forgive any real errors with this post- I wrote it rather angrily despite the fact I was planning a more in-depth post later on and stole my points from that post to here. Also I am just realising this probably should've been in Feedback over General Discussions).