1. Tank your MMR, either intentionally or naturally and painfully.
2. Get another battle.net account.
3. Play custom 1v1s against friends or opponents you hunt down.
Options one and two do not work for me. My Protoss is way better than my Terran, and my Terran is way better than my Zerg. I would like to play all three races vs equally skilled opponents at any time. (Note: Playing random doesn't technically accomplish this either, because you'll still likely be better with one race than the other two.)
The only way I could do that now is to spend $100 or so, get two more e-mails, and make two more accounts. Not an option. I live paycheck to paycheck and use my limited extra money to buy gifts for children and relatives and a little on myself. Plus, this should not be expected of an owner of Starcraft 2.
Tanking my ranking is painful, time consuming, and leads to a string of very lousy matches. And the moment I want to play my main race, I'm crushing my poor opponent, indirectly "smurfing" him. Not cool either.
My fellow gamers, I believe if Starcraft's design team can find a way for us to offrace at any time, against equally skilled opponents, on a single account, it would greatly boost the success of this game as well as our enjoyment of it as a community. Please give a +1 if you like it as well as any feedback you'd want to give to me or anyone else who reads this.
(Posted in General and Beta for widespread feedback.)
11/01/2012 03:27 PMPosted by WhyLaterWon't the Unranked matchmaking pretty much accomplish this?
Putting this in the OP due to its relevance. Yes, if unranked has a separate MMR (and I'm not sure that it does), it gives us the option to play one offrace, unranked, but only unranked and only for one other race. Pretty lackluster.
11/01/2012 03:30 PMPosted by ProdofVoidQuit caring about rank, have fun.
I don't care about rank. I care about having equally skilled opponents.
11/01/2012 03:41 PMPosted by TheSkunkWhen you initially play a ranked or unranked game, it creates a base MMR off of whichever one was created first, both they both change independent of each other.
If that's true, then you're still only allowed ONE offrace, and you're not allowed to play ranked with it. Not good enough. I have no desire to play unranked matches, and I know there's many out there who feel the same.
posted by ProdofVoid
I am all for the idea of separate ladder per races *if*, all races can only be 2 leagues apart max.
Agreed. That would cut down on potential abuses. Good point!
posted by Geechee
How much of Battle.net's servers goes into calculating MMR, performing match-making, storing that information, etc? I could see how Blizzard would be hesitant to make this change if it would be prohibitively expensive/complicated to suddenly increase the volume of that information by a factor of three.
Only for 1v1. It shouldn't be a problem, considering every single premade team has its own MMR.
11/02/2012 09:07 AMPosted by CrushfaceOffrace in 2v2 3v3 4v4?
My response? Why are we allowed to offrace in team games but not 1v1, which most people consider to be the most important aspect of the game?
posted by Flare
Would it be fair for people who paid money for smurfs?
Wouldn't Blizzard rather people buy multiple accounts?
If you really enjoy the game, then the $40 isn't that much for the time and satisfaction you get. Starcraft 2 really does replace other games (or hobbies) you would end up spending much more money for smaller amount of time they provide, so with that perspective the $40 is very little in the end. Although upgrading multiple smurfs could be quite painful when HotS comes out. It would be cool to have a discount for people who own 1 account to buy another, but that goes back to the first and second question.
I felt Flare's argument deserved to be directly addressed by me. I will answer with two counter-points.
1. Buying multiple accounts is counter-intuitive to the new Leveling system. This system is encouraging offracing on one account, but the MMR system discourages offracing one one account, even with unranked as it currently is (as I've already explained). The new system wants you to put all your stats onto one beautiful chart so you get a one screen snapshot of your player progress as a whole. To go along with this system would synergize with the development of the game.
2. The atmosphere of the community is against the mindset of having to buy multiple accounts. Look at what's been happening. We've had the storm of fear saying "Starcraft II is dying" and then the great many people calling out for Starcraft being "free to play." While I'm not for the free-to-play movement, I am definitely not for having to buy multiple accounts either. When someone buys HotS, they should get everything. All these great new features and complete freedom to offrace at their will without dealing with all these negative, fun-killing inconveniences.
That's it in a nutshell. This is the direction the design of the game is already going, and it's what the community wants.
11/02/2012 12:01 PMPosted by DayvieHaving different mmrs for the practice area (unranked play) makes a lot of sense. We'll discuss it internally as well to see what the best direction is.
Mr. Kim on page 8.