1st of all. the term “pro-pvper” or “elite-pvper” is thrown around so much lately… but who are these players???
you make it sound like there is this immense gap between a regular player and the “pros”.
let me tell you, this game has not had a “pro” environment, like ever! there are just all people playing, and some try their best, some run around trolling, some are in-between. and this is the main difference between players! skill-wise, surely there are differences, but I don’t think the quality and fun minis boils down to who has the skill and not. it boils down to how much players want to win and play a GOOD minigame.
the pug system neglects the need for this entirely. you can’t control who you play with, and you’re likely to get in teams with players of differing opinions of how they wanna play (by this I mean: you get in teams with trolls)
it’s not only about playing with my mates. it’s about having team where atleast a couple of guys play with the same objective in mind as you. instead of this hopeless situation where everyone get upset with their randomly selected teammates, and quality of minis is non-existent (in your words: “somewhat playable” - do you consider that good enough?).
And here is the biggest sadness of it all, the result is that people don’t cooperate and learn from eachother.
when I started this game I was getting roflstomped. that’s why I joined a guild, started teaming up with people I figured were good for me to oppose the teams of 6 roflstomping everything. but in all reality, it wasn’t always that people went for the 6 man stacks. a lot of players signed in duos or solo, with great success.
anyways, it’s that drive to win and team up thats lacking, but a part of this is also that there aren’t “teams” or “guilds” that you get that drive to win against! minis are only pugs!
because of this people don’t learn properly either. they learn the pug way, not the team way. now it’s spiraling out of control with so many not learning or experiencing the game in a good way: the way where you work together to bring down that filthy stack you’ve been loosing to so many times. (YES, IT HAPPENS)
hope you see my point
ps. battlekeep mitigation buff stacking (+20% all mitigaiton) is no longer in the game.
(that’s imo a big reason why they resorted to changing the queue)