Tried ranked mode for the first time yesterday and found the whole process bewildering, to be honest.
As many people have pointed out, League mode is the only real legit team mode because it’s the one where you actually get to organise with a team, but in order to unlock it you have to go through another mode where your progress is tied in part to how well the 3 other random people you are with can work as a team.
Then, the progression through ranks is very confusing. I feel like I did okayish, no better but after an hour of playing I jumped from C- to B-, and it feels like it might be fudging the numbers somewhere in the background. It didn’t really FEEL tied to my performance even if it was. It seems like the grading doesn’t really mean a whole lot, in which case why not just background it and make it just a matchmaking tool?
I really don’t understand why Turf War isn’t a ranked/league mode, since it seems no less legitimate than the other modes in ranked, and also I think so far I prefer it to Splat Zones and Rainmaker which are the 2 I’ve tried. I certainly prefer it to Rainmaker.
I know some people defend it but I really dislike switching modes every 2 hours. As it is, I don’t know what mode it’ll be during the small window I have to play tonight, and then my next few days are busy, which means that I might have to wait until the end of the week to play this mode. I get they don’t want the playerbase to be split but also I just want to be able to play what I feel like when I feel like it. That sentiment extends to all the hoops they make you jump through in order to play with teams.
Other problem with teamplay is by pushing proper team play up to the ‘high level’ leagues that tends to skew the experience toward high level players, and I would much rather there were multiple leagues which catered to varying abilities. I’d be perfectly happy doing middling-well in the rubbish league (I might be better than rubbish, but as I mentioned, the game doesn’t do a great job at giving me a realistic idea of how well I’m doing). Or better yet, a non-league team mode where I can play with my friends.
I feel like 90% of these issues is Nintendo being worried about fragmenting the pool of players. This is valid since matchmaking already seems to struggle sometimes, but the ways they have tried to solve it are slowly chipping away at the goodwill created by the generally excellent feel of the game to play.