Oswego, not shitty as Buffalo
- Feb 7, 2008
I've had the opposite experience, but then I think the problem is mostly psychology. Blizzard had a great post about it, but basically it boils down to this:
Players will say they prefer a close match, even one where they lose, to a steamroll even if it's a steamroll where they win. Reality tells a different story, in that when you give a player a close match that they lose they end up *feeling* like they got their ass kicked, and they complain and think the match was unfair. Essentially the result is that most players actually prefer a complete stomp(where they lose) to a close game where they lose, because the psychology is that in the total stomp you're not trying as hard because it seems hopeless. In the close game you're trying your hardest and it's frustrating you because you're still losing, so you actually dislike that match more. My win/loss rate is close to 60% in competitive, less in quick play but I have far more matches in quick play. The reality is that most matches are actually fairly well matched, but if people aren't playing heroes they're strong with or if they're just making bad picks then it can feel otherwise. If the matchmaker puts me on your team, it doesn't know if I'm going to play Zarya or if I'm going to play Lucio because nobody else would. I'm much stronger with Zarya than I am with Lucio, and even though my win ratio with Lucio is above 50% it's nowhere near the ~65% that I'm at with Zarya. When player choice plays such a big role before the match even starts, I'm honestly impressed that the matchmaking works as well as it does.
I prefer a close match definitely. If I lose on a payload map where the other team blows through our defense without us stopping it once I pretty much get pissed and give up when it's time for attack. Dorado seems to be notorious for this, it's so freaking hard to stop momentum on that map. I end up switching to 4 different heros trying to find something that works. Steamrolls are boring for me. Fun for a quick win yes, but I take a break if I'm on the losing end of one.