Per request of some users on reddit, I’m linking the OG thread [here].
The gist of the idea is that anonymous lobbies would disincentivize dodging, which would lessen the smurf creation, making entire ranked match making ecosystem run much smoother.
The problem that surf accounts create is that the player base of the game is pretty limited. With a small pool of players finding a “fair” match-up can be very hard especially if sizeable chunk of the player base (especially at higher skill level) routinely “lies” about their skill (since Elo system takes some time to converge on true level).
This creates a vicious cycle in which players that routinely get dodged wreck “fairness” for everyone on the ladder, convincing more people of the unfairness of the Match Making, making it more probably that they will dodge an otherwise fair matchup, further driving the problem.
Additionally, there is no benefit to the player knowing his/hers opponent’s rank before the game starts (or even during the game for that matter), beyond the intimidation factor of being perceived as more skillful. But guess what, it works both ways.
So the only “useful” information contained in letting the player know exactly who they are playing against is in letting them choose to dodge… penalty for which is a 5 minute timeout.
Either remove the timeout, embrace the dodgers and smurfs and let community “police” themselves and the MM system, OR, hear me out - crazy idea - actually solve the issue once and for all.
I don’t think the benefit of “showing off” your badge to intimidate your opponent is a worthy sacrifice to make.