I wanna share my impressions from current Ranked season -by far the worst one for me. Being stuck to rank 5 for 350 battles i feel on the edge to quit playing since its by far away from fun and competition. Of course i wont put it to players as everyone knows a battle may go wrong or good for someone. Ill put it entirely to the match making and more precisely to the ships balance.
I dont know if you agree with me but a win is 50% to the players and 50% to the ships, different ships with different gameplayes but specific capabilities and advantages. One huge advantage tho is the radar that balances the whole game no matter the ship or the player. Since i had another losing strike today i feel again that its pointless to get higher to ranks, for ranked 4 i needed 105 battles and im still at rank 5 at 470 battles (yesterdays stats) including numberous backs and forths to 6 and back to 4...if i remember well i reached 3 times rank 4 with 3 stars and fell like 6-7 times to rank 6 or 7 and back again to 5. As i believe many of you had the same experience and the common idea i think is the same with mine. For this reason i screenshot my todays progress, my overall stats to ranked and some match makings as an example.
To all 3 screenshots i uploaded i marked the match making depending the radars at every team. No matter if its a loss for me or win, the winning team had at least one more radar to the losing one (including minotaur). I wont say much for this as most of the players here will agree that the more radars the bigger the advantage. Though i wish i had some yesterdays screenshots that i played 2 battles (ofc lost) with 3 radars vs one.
As a subsubject of my first impresson i want to say about destroyers and how they are matched to balance the teams. Since some dds have radar or hydro as well is an advantage too. Considering that already a cruiser with radar is big advantage then a dd with a radar (that you basically can transfer whenever you want unspoted) is even bigger. So my point here is the teams with yue yang balanced with gearings (i wont say with shimas cause shimas got awesome torps and can balance it to damage) since yue yang is basically a gearing with a radar. The rest comments on this are yours...
Third point to match makings is the issue with minotaurs. How the hell a minotaur with smoke can be matched with a cruiser with radar? I've been in many matches that one team has radar (des moines, moskva, worchester) and its matched with a minotaur who -guess hat- he has smoke. Its another "given" advantage to the one of two teams and before yu run to talk about the "choice" to put a radar ill respond with his awesome paper armour...
Final point-problem of the ranks are the overpowered ships. I've experienced many battles with a precise characteristic, a "new" ship to take the first position no matter the contribution to the team because of false game mechanic. As an example ill put on the table two ships, the worchester and the conqueror.
I think the worchester as overpowered because it produces a lot of damage with a lot of fires (even you have just used repair) combined with a lot of overpenetrations from the shells fired to it even tho it has light armour. Its not reasonable to deal 3k damage on a worchester from a yamato shell. I think its a little bit shame mostly when there is not even a radar on the other team (match making issue again).
About conqueror i have to say that its op as well for the simple reason that causes 10k dmg per shell and 2 fires even after repair and at the end it disappears from the "spotted" area after a few seconds, at least manage to balance it with another conqueror at ranked games.
To conclude with, for those simple points i think this ranked season is a total mess, by far the worst of all the previous ones (even with the t7 i played lol). Bad players getting advantage of op ships to climb the ranks even they dont deserve it, match making makes better players to struggle to get where they deserved to be and generally all this is far away from the "fun" of the game. At least you could bring back the "irrevocable" stages after rank 10 so ppl wont damn the game for this situation and mostly they wont quit ranked season. Afterall if it was a fair season as pronounced before the beginning you should be able to keep the rank that you earned...
I hope my English are good enough to make my points clear,
Thanks in advance