This isnt your typical whine thread, bear with me. I will make some valid points and do it in a rational manner *gasp*
In my crew I am always the positive one. I defend all the new game modes, I love variety. I defend the CV rework, I enjoy playing them and I dont "fear" them in any boat. Im loving the hell out of the new Russian BB's, they are a blast. I am all for a nerf to premium ships if it means fairer gameplay, screw it if people get mad they spent $50 for an OP ship. Im all for the idea of adding CV's in Clan Battles and Ranked, adds more variety and new strategy. Hell, bring on the submarines, I will enjoy learning them. I have ranked out the past 3 or 4 seasons and I have enjoyed every ranked season. I am not unicum, i play pretty well, knock out a couple hundred games then get my rank 1 with an above average win rate. I play every Clan Battles season and I am always looking for an edge. I am a Wargaming WoWs fanboy.
Rental boats, at T10, in this ranked season have tainted the fun of this season. Rental boats are Objectively worse than their tech tree counterpart. They are unable to get camo, losing out on both concealment and dispersion of incoming shells (minor buffs that every T10 player knows is vital). They are being played by an individual who does not know the in's and outs of that T10 ship and where its strengths and weaknesses lie. The Hinden does things different than the Hipper, just because you have a Yamato doesnt mean you have any idea how to play a Shima, etc. Noticeably absent from the rental pool are carriers AND the russian BB, if you want to give lesser ranked players a chance at ranked why leave out your new gear? 7v7 game mode means that each rental player accounts for 14% of the team comp, thats huge and not the place the "test" a new boat. Give rentals in randoms where it doesnt matter and each rental only accounts for 8% of the team comp. That is where "test a new boat" should be done.
IF the intent of the rentals was to increase the overall number of people playing in a ranked game mode, then why keep it at T10? Go to a lower rank where people have more equipment. That wasnt the intent. I understand the intent, give people a taste of the higher tier equipment, the ranked gameplay, earn some more of those in game rewards so they keep coming back for more and spending money.
It is not fun to win when then enemy team has 1 or 2 rental boats. Its a kick in the teeth to lose because a rental boat is doing something it shouldnt be doing. This is all further exacerbated by the fact that rental boats are highlighted with [ ] separating them from the team and immediately identifying them as a weak position. This is a mental hit taken by every player in the game. They all immediately know "I have to do double work to carry this fool" or "That enemy shouldnt be much of a threat"
I have said many times, "well get good" "just carry harder". Bad players will exists. Not everyone plays videogames on the same level, damage, or win rate. I am completely understanding of that. Those people are still in ranked, they are still a person that has to be carried or exploited to help your team win the game. Rental boats have possibly doubled the # of players that need carried or exploited. The marking on rental boats identifies them immediately to both sides. The feeling I get would be the same if WoWs had to add bots to fill out the match, similar to how Warplanes had to. It sucks to lose watching a rental Hindenburg roll into B cap 3 minutes into the game, its not fun to win after deleting a rental Grozovoi who has no understanding of radar ranges of other ships it should be concerned with. Prior to really getting into T10 gameplay alot of people dont even understand the "last spotted position" option on the minimap which is VITAL. All of these problems are further blown up by not being able to division in ranked. At least if a person wanted to learn a new game mode or test out a T10 ship, they could have the option of a div mate to coach them up a bit, maybe just maybe, the rental player wouldnt stick out like such a sore thumb. But as it is they are thrown into the deep end of the pool with one arm floaty and told good luck.
Yeah I am done with this ranked season. Everyone I know will probably continue the grind. Rather than solo randoms, ill play more Escape from Tarkov, or get another feel for [edited]. Hopefully WoWs pulls another carrot out to keep me coming back to my addiction, but this has been a terrible carrot.