Sorry in advance if I’m breaking some forum rules here, but please forum moderator staff understand that I’m doing this with the interests of the community in mind.
Now, in this screenshot you will see myself and @Ryballs queued together in the casual playlist just looking for a casual game, hence casual playlist. On the opposing team you will see members of Team Draconic and Team Stunlock, “pro” teams who compete in tournaments, Draconic Force even won the recent Reddit tournament. In this casual game on Temples, they rounded us up and pushed us back to the spawn within the opening two minutes and spent the rest of the game camping outside the spawn point preventing us from leaving our base and actually playing the game in any way. I have screenshots of this too, I wont share them here but if anyone would like to see the proof I’d happily share them or you could just check these guys’s Twitch channels.
This sort of behaviour is just disgusting, they’ve been doing this since the casual playlist was introduced and the proof is on their Twitch channels, this sort of stuff is all they stream and they shame the players they defeat. This is what the competitive lobby was introduced for, but these “competitive” teams just stomp the casual playlist all day and brag about their conquests. This is a huge detriment to new players who want to experience the game for the first time or get away from the more competitive players and just play a CASUAL game where team composition and meta-game are unimportant. This has been the experience since the changed playlists, I can’t play in the competitive playlist without a full party as my team gets stomped and I can’t play in the casual playlist because high-tier teams are just out to stomp new or less experienced teams for their own enjoyment and to entertain their followers. This is not casual, there either needs to be a way to bar parties from the casual playlist or stop players with a high ELO from entering or this will continue to happen. Games like this only happened every so often with the old matchmaking system, but this is a common occurrence with the current system. If it were my decision, I’d go the extra mile and give these players a lifelong ban from playing the game, they’re detrimenting to the community for their own amusement and they’ll continue to do so as long as they can play this game.
I can’t enjoy the game when I’m forced to play in a full party if I’m to have any hope of winning, and I’m sure a lot of newer players and even forum members have experienced this and feel the same way. I played the CTT, I played the beta at launch, I stayed up to play Alani at launch, I encouraged a lot of my friends to play this game with me and I’ve got a pretty solid sub-community, but a lot of us are pretty pissed off over these sorts of games and if this continues not only will your playerbase not grow you will lose dedicated fans who have been here since the beginning. This isn’t another “I’m leaving because of ‘X’” post. This is a devoted fan expressing extreme disappointment not toward Gearbox, but the playerbase that is degrading fast as the FPS and MOBA communities come to Battleborn and bring with them the level of toxicity seen in many other games of those genres that wasn’t here when we started.
@JoeKGBX I feel this is something that has to be addressed in some way, my best suggestion would be an ELO system that prevents high ranked players or premades from entering the casual playlist, but that’s not my field nor my place I just want to see something done to prevent these people from ruining the experience for others.