All arguments that was previously used against map picking can be applied to Civ picking.
Monotony, One-trick Ponies, Abusing the strongest civs is the result of it, the only counter to it is civ picking yourself.
Much like the pinned “Alt+f4 problem” there should have been a pinned “Civ picker problem” Thread made long ago - and sanctions made against them. If you want to pick civ, make a lobby or Quickplay, Ranked is for player with skill that can play 39 Civs, with 10+ build orders.
Sure, Alt+f4 made other players having to restart the queue, but it can be argued that picking civs is as bad as it has a negative effect on those who like to play random civs. Besides your awfully bad matchmaking system made it this way instead of just removing that one player that dodges and replaces it with another. If you would have made a proper system all players are put in a lobby with not host and pre-set settings. People can leave and get the penalty, but all other just stay in that lobby.
Instead, what a great implementation, everyone is kicked and has to queue again + it seems like the queue “lose” the other 7 players and given by the time how long you have to wait, it throws everyone off again, starting from scratch (as seen when streamers queue at the same time)
If every map favor is taken into consideration then I demand that every Random Civ option, in an 8 player example, has a 12,5% chance to make all civs random.
This is exactly how the map selection works. This change limits Civ pick cheaters and put them in the Elo they belong.
Why is Map Selection not a majority vote but Random Civ option is? You even reduced the amount needed for All Random from 8 to 5 - now following the same logic, every Random Civ Option should also count, much as every Map favor is considered.
It is either all random or nothing random, No in between.
Civ pickers are literally ruining the game into a boring monotonous ridiculous meta containing the same 10 Civs and since the balance team seems to be doing a bad job, it will continue to be like this.
And after 2 years the game still doesn’t Save my Random Civ option and I have to set it every game, jeez