I read the boards, but I think this is the first time I have really said anything… maybe one other time. I tend to just sit and observe. I tend to keep my mouth shut because there’s a lot of technical stuff I do not understand.
I love to play and I do enjoy playing Infinite when I have a group of people to play with. I’ll never be a pro and that’s ok. I like the pros that I watch and I admire their skill and talent. But, they are them and I am me. I’m a casual player. Naturally, when I am in a team with a spread of ranks (Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond), I expect to get my assets handed to me to some degree because I’m a Silver. However, when I am not connected in a team with friends, when I am solo queuing, my experience was that was more fairly matched in the Ranked Arena than Team Slayer or Quick Play. I can’t even hang in BTB… too much chaos for me most of the time. I digress…
I have struggled more since approximately the time of the Winter Update, more than ever before. Maybe my timing is off. But, here’s what I can say about this past week… In just two days of play, I spent 60-70% of my game time sitting in queue waiting for a match or restarting the game due to multiplayer server failure. Several of those matches resulted in 4 v 3 and even 4 v 2. The match that broke the camel’s back for me was a blood bath, that turned out to be a S1 ranked Onyx player in a 1/10 Ranked game for S2 that I and my Silver teammate got paired with.
I do not feel like I am wrong to believe that a player having previous been ranked as Onyx should never be matched, under any circumstances, against players less than Gold +, if not Diamond. They certainly should not be matched against Bronze and Silver… Ever!
I’m just a casual player who wants to have fun, but I do like skill based matches against fellow players. I like having the ranked because I do like to improve and I enjoy having a goal. But, whatever is going on with the matchmaking is ruining the fun for me, and apparently for others.
It’s just not fun anymore.
I bought an X-Box Series X when no one could get them, spending a small fortune, just for Infinite because I and my family loved Halo that much. I paid for the campaign pre-release for the promise of split screen, co-op campaign. I’ve purchased every battle pass and I’ve paid far more than I should for fun customizations because they made me smile. But, now… I’m the only one who really still plays Infinite and I am getting super close to the point of being done with it entirely.
Whatever it is that is wrong, I really hope someone cares enough to fix it because I do like to play and I love it most when the game is exciting and competitive, win or lose. But no one likes to get slaughtered each and every time by players who have historical ranks from previous seasons that are 10+ ranks over you.
For now, I’ll probably just stick to playing Custom Games and spend time working on my own Forge map. I certainly will not be wasting anymore time on ridiculous challenges or money on schwag.