I can't agree with the OP more. I have a bit over 1000 games now however 750ish of those games were like 2 years ago. I have now since I came back played about 250 ish games and wow, it's hard to learn when you get smoked all the time. You know what would fix all this? Instead of taking it against the account, you get skill based match making where the game tracks your ability in each ship. I know it does this because freaking 3rd party apps can tell you what the composition is of the teams, win rate, number of games in each ship, etc...
I love to support this company and I find this game VERY fun when the games are matched up nicely. I've had games where I've lost but the game was close or at least somewhat close.
Halo2 on Xbox live was wonderful at skill based matchmaking. Your level would go up when you won, your level would go down when you lost, you would play people close to your player level. Same could be done here with the ships. You have won x times in this ship and your average damage is xyz, team them up with others. I would rather wait a minute or two to get a game that I can at least have fun with. I can't even learn what to do because even though I've watched replays of players in the same ships as I've got, I've watched the youtube community and their how to videos, but what you can't teach is the placement and flow of this game. How some people can have a 60%+ win rate or higher. They are doing things that some of the rest of us can't yet. And you know how to make this game irrelevant quick? Make it so the casual players or people that took some time away from the game just get stomped, like every match. I have put in my own money, I've bought ships and I don't mind spending money on a game that's fun, I'll do it for quite a long time, but this game really punishes people that are new/returning/casual.
I feel bad sometimes for my team mates because I know I'm not as good. I stopped playing this game a few years ago because of this as well. And before everyone starts the conversation about filthy normies playing their game, get over yourselves. If you make a healthy community then you can have a game that is fun to play and challenging for the top tier players. Many other games have done it. I'm guessing war gaming lets us get stomped because it makes you want to buy a ship or whatever to try and get some edge. And don't get me started about ships that are freaking overpowered but are no longer available, so lets make it so you really get screwed when you step away.
I don't know but something has to be done about this.