It being your fault is a technical truth - Ernest is a weak pick in Meltdown, being weak when forced out of his territory, which is simple to do with all the different directions you can be attacked from on those maps. And you didn’t get much of a chance to adjust or to get your team to focus on a lane with you and keep you protected, as your Kleese (also a weak Meltdown character for the same reasons, so you could say it was also his fault) left within 2 minutes.
As far as how you were actually playing, you seemed to be mostly alright, it was just difficult to judge as most of the bad situations you found yourself in could be chalked up to the fact that you were a man down for pretty much the whole match.
So, to put it simply, this match was lost at the character select screen. On PC in particular the meta is such a razor’s edge right now due to the tiny player base, something as simple as a sub-optimal team comp can turn what might have been a competitive match into what you experienced.
Is there a more competitive mode than pvp I don’t know about? I would say it has been pretty competitive lately. If you are unprepared and unpracticed against a team that is, you are gonna have a bad time.
I’ll make this a little easy for you. I don’t really recognize names on your team so I’ll assume you’re all either lower levels or spend time in bots battle versus the actual PvP. I recognize the names on your opposing team (since half are on my steam friend’s list) and they’re sitting at 800-1500+ hours of play time EACH. There’s a very good chance one of them probably has as many hours in the game as your entire team combined does.
If your 5th was there, it wouldn’t have mattered. Their team comp (huge CC) + experience would have rolled you guys anyways.
Draft is only one day a week. You can’t avoid try hards by just staying out of draft. That is mostly the fault of the games population and lack of separation between the more competitive and casual modes. He was in meltdown so that is not as serious usually. That doesn’t mean you can’t get stomped on. I’m a try hard and I don’t play characters I’m unfamiliar with in pvp at all. Even some of the ones that I like and are familiar with I don’t play in pvp because I feel like I’m not that good with them or they are not strong compared to other picks. I get what you are saying though. It is just a game. Im just recommending that you try characters in PvE once or twice at least before jumping into pvp. Not only for your sake but for your teammates as well.
I meant quick match. Since he is playing meltdown public, I assume he is in quick match which can be more forgiving for newcomers. I’m not saying meltdown itself is not a competitive mode. The recent $10k tournament was 2/3 meltdown.