I don't play ranked on my Sorc,or very little, but I play every other game mode and would like to get into it more. I don't need the gear so its not a progression thing just a challenge. It's just a bit stressy and sometimes toxic if you lose. I do like scenario play though and especially the weekend warfronts, be it up against pugs or pre-mades i don't really care.
I do all the right stuff, swap into a more defensive set up, triple pot, detaunt etc but it still involves getting up and personal, which is not really a ranged happy place and there are more rewarding game modes for that. But I think its something i could adjust to over time, however there is that feeling you are going to let the team down just because of your meta, screw up their rankings, which I don't want to do and be the easy reason the team lost so for that reason i won't be a masochist.
I do think it could be made to work if it was structured better and allowed a level of progression that allowed the top meta players do their own thing and allow people who were interested to work their way up but in a way they weren't screwing things up for everyone else i.e. they adjust to it over time, gear up in their own time.
I was thinking of a few ideas.
1. You need leagues, a bit like the premier league. Liverpool away to Man City don't decide that is a great time to mix in the youth academy, but a friendly against Accrington Stanley thats fine.
2. If you have 3 or 4 leagues allow people to sign up and initially self-allocate to what league that feel comfortable in. If you have ever done something like a Spartan race, tough mudder, a marathon then you get to choose what group youwant to start in. Only the very fit nutso types elect for the elite start off group, same principle.
3. To allow people to float up over time introduce a promotion/demotion system so a season doesn't just reset but carries on with some fresh players who have worked there way up and have become used to the play.
Lastly, for ranged play can you add in other Sc's like Black Fire Basin that are a bit more range freindly. Caledor Woods and Maw of Madness are los nightmares and just force range into a style of play that puts them at a disadvantage imao
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