Perspectives is a new occasional feature on Gepard Diary that showcases commentary from other voices within the game. Today we’ll be hearing from Falcon™, officer of Warwolves, and the issue of tanking the new matchmaker. Although I am personally opposed to the practice itself, it is a large game with many different player perspectives, and we learn little from limiting our discussions to only those with whom we agree. -Jay
First let me put my numbers on the table for insight into my perspective:
Officer of Warwolves clan (currently number 2)
2500 plus cups (I am fairly active)
I am currently part of Diamond league (more on this later).
So…I wanted to talk today about the matchmaker and why it is bad.
Pixonic claims that they want transparency and fairness. However the game is clearly not fair- let me explain.
When I first started with the league system, I was placed in Master II. I worked my way up to Champion league (5000+).
If you simply play your best with your best hanger, the matchmaker is not too bad.
However, we (Warwolves) soon discovered “tanking”- that is, deliberately losing so that you end up in a lower league facing easier opponents.
The first method involved joining a match and then simply not dropping a bot. Once the timer hit about 9:29 left in the game, just leave. This leaves your team short handed and odds are they will lose. This is a very rude and inconsiderate thing to do.
Then we discovered that if you formed a full clan of 6, you could “tank” faster by simply not dropping in any bots. Once 15 secs went by, our team would lose. The other team was not injured and would receive “free” gold. We call this “ethical tanking”.
Our clan instituted a policy of ethical tanking only for those that wanted to do it.
Tanking meant quicker matches, more damage and easy gold as you can use your big hanger against noobs or other players with lesser hangers.
I wanted to see if this worked, so I tanked down to Recruit level!
I was facing Destriers and Cossacks and players with 3-bot hangers. A completely unfair fight. 1,000,000+ damage was easy and I got 10 Gold every time. This is why I am down in Diamond league. It has taken me awhile to build back up.
There are many clans doing this. I even encountered full clans doing this:
Now, some may say this practice is unfair, and while I agree, I don’t agree with Pixonic’s response. I have heard that they plan to put “tankers” on a separate server, so they will be fighting other tankers. This is problematic as it doesn’t solve the original problem and could be difficult to enforce and detect.
I believe the real solution to be simple- take hanger power into account as well as league points.
This would allow players to put in any combination of bots and be matched with other likewise-hangered players of suitable skill. It would allow players who spent Gold and real cash on other bots (I have 10 Gepards collecting dust) to actually play with bots they enjoy playing with.
The current game meta is much slower, beacons are everything and destroying other bots secondary. I miss the knife-fighting days of fast bots and corner shooting.
So, if the solution is straightforward, why doesn’t Pixonic do it?
Money. They believe that the slow progression to 5 slots with max bots and max weapons is their best money making option.
I would like to opine a contrary view. A mixture of bots would encourage players to experiment, buying more bots and different weapon combinations. This would result in more Gold/money purchases for Pixonic. It would also make the game much more interesting.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Pixonic is listening.
Until next time – Falcon™