Blade & Soul: Journey to platinum

Posted by Ople Asension on March 15th, 2016

Q:I didn't realize just how absurd this was until today. I haven't played since the new season, so my rating was reset back to 1300. First two games were fine. Then the bots started. Fifteen of them in a row, in fact. Then I finally got to play against another player. But then it was right back to bots for another 8 straight games before finally fighting one more player.
I get that okay, maybe there's gonna be a bot or two. But when it's a 5:1 ratio for bots to humans that's pretty damn unacceptable. And it's not like they're a bunch of new accounts, they're level 45 with HM levels 2-4. So they've played literally hundreds, if not thousands, of games and nothing has happened to them. I'm sure a lot of the games they're playing are against each other, but surely they play humans enough of the time to get banned sooner or later, right? Well, guess not.
At the end of the day I guess it doesn't matter because they're free wins. I'm not complaining because I can't beat them, in fact I didn't lose any of those 27 games. I'm just a bit disappointed. Rating means nothing anymore, back in the preseason a few months ago I had the goal of getting to Plat and got there and it actually felt like I improved and was a nice accomplishment. This past season I wanted to get Diamond but wasn't able to play as much as I had hoped, so I thought I'd try again this season. But now it just doesn't matter. Who cares if you're Plat if all you did was beat bots? Who cares if you're Diamond if all you did was beat blade & soul goldplayers that learned how to beat bots? Rating is meaningless, and in what's supposed to be a competitive game that's pretty unfortunate.

A:Wrong, I think. Those free wins do nothing to acclimate new players to PvP, help them learn other classes and how actual players work them, and develop the skills that actually mean something at those higher levels.
Fresher players need lower rankings, and they need to stay there for a while, before they get the experience necessary to actually compete with players who have higher ratings. There's value in low ranking, and the bots are destroying it.

A:Agreed. That's what I've been saying for a while but myopic elitists (which is a laugh since they're rarely as good as they think they are) insist with responses like "git gud" or "free beans". Totally misses the point.
Another thing I've noticed is I've gotten to the point that I can beat destrobots consistently unless they hack but when I run into a destroyer player, I get messed up at the start since I'm doing stupid things that isn't as effective vs humans. It's not a big deal but it sure wastes some opportunities.
I think the damage may already be done and BDO coming out probably had a lot of players jump ship as a result. I think I'm just giving this game a break until they make a clear declaration that they're actually doing something rather than the vague or dismissive responses they've made so far.

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