Just overnight, enough people had reported me to send me into “Avoid Me” status - a reputation which, much to my dismay, prevents me from finding any matches in BB. Upon further examination, I noticed that these reports were more or less exclusive to my time playing this game. From January -> May, perfect reputation, no hiccups or anything of the sorts, May->June, I observed a tremendous reputation spike into the red zone. 23 reports of cheating later, and I can no longer find matches.
Now, I realize that this matchmaking system leaves plenty to be desired, and often, I’ll drop 18+ kills and 0 deaths on pugs several games over. 5310 kills / 1391 deaths later, which is PLENTY of time invested to know that cheating in the XB1 side of things is VERY rare (I’ve yet to encounter an aimbot, speedhack, ect).
The reputation isn’t from trash talk, either; I’m always in a party with friends, and the messages I send are almost always along the lines of, “Why’d you quit?/Don’t que if you aren’t gonna finish.” My responses to messages received are assertive, but never outright childish or offensive. So what conclusion can I draw from this inability to find matches because of bitter player reports? That this community needs to realize that 1) there are legitimately good players out there who can have a lopsided influence on pug games and 2) there are real negative drawbacks to reporting somebody for doing well versus your pug-stomping premade.
My earnest suggestion to the community, then, is simple: don’t falsely accuse someone of cheating for doing well - report toxic behavior, like frequent ragequitting, afking, offensive trash talk, ect. I shouldn’t be punished for investing the time it takes to perform well.