Mixer-Matchups; The Current & The Future
This first Mixer-Matchups RaceToE3 has been a great learning experience for both the organizers and the people participating however, there are a few issues that need to be resolved moving forward.
To begin, I know tons of players have had a major issue with Paladins counting kills in an objective based game promoting griefing, spawn camping, and trying to lose the game rather than win to play against easier opponents. Obviously moving forward the way to fix this is to count wins and promote winning and teamwork, which is very important. I believe a "hot fix" for this could have been counting eliminations and not just kills. This would allow for a real team comp to come together and try and win the game and not just farm kills.
The only issue I personally ran into with Halo was having higher ranked players prey on me and encourage me to duo with them so that they may gain an unfair advantage playing opponents at a lower skill level. I didn't really notice this until after I was playing with them for a few hours and I realized they weren't just trying to be nice but were trying to leach from my games.
I felt overall League of Legends was the best organizationally. Even though there were not that many players, it was still a great experience. However, in the future it should only count one ranked type. I know it is trying to be inclusive however this gives some players an unfair advantage as 3v3 matches are a lot shorter than a 5v5 match.
I believe there are two ways to open type of competition for future growth and that would be to either hold something like this for a week each month, maybe have special events like E3 or PAX have more events each week/month. OR Have the event each week with different sponsors/companies and perhaps an opportunity for not only the winners to be able to earn a monetary prize but a potential sponsorship opportunity. This way the competition is profitable AND gives an opportunity to give back to the community.
I have seen comments about people smurfing to play easier opponents and this is a double edged sword. Some games like LOL have ways to prevent this and it's based on their match making and a "secret" MMR where you play against people who have a closer MMR to you. There is not much I personally believe can be done/should be done to prevent this but it's good to know it is happening.
Personally I am currently gaining nothing from getting embers from the tournament. I know we are getting them and can use them on partnered streamers to "pay-it-forward" however, it feels like it is taking away from the prize pool and your "winnings" by having to give them to someone else, rather than be a bonus. i personally don't think they should continue in the capacity (equivalent to the overall "monetary" prize.)
I have seem lots of comments on how some people don't have the "time" to play 24/7 like other people and that this encourages unhealthy game-play/lifestyles. I personally don't completely agree with this as one of the things that helps you in a "race" format is being able to make the time in order to play and compete. I believe the more skilled players do have to put in less hours, but that is just part of the competition. The only potential fix to this would be smaller prizing, with a lesser tournament time. Potentially being set up with a three day tournament with $100 to the top X players.
I just hope that everyone is taking notes about the good, bad, and ugly and are able to adjust everything going into the future. I also believe Smash.GG has done a great job at trying to be attentive to the issues and work around them however they can without completely destroying the competition.
Games I would like to see:
LoL: I would absolutely love to see League of Legends return, as it is a game I the most passionate about and I've put time, money, and emotion into the game.
MTG Arena: I thing magic arena would be the perfect fit for a competition like this. Once again, counting ranked wins would be straight forward and the match making is great so you do play against a similar skill set.
Rocket League: I don't personally have much experience with RL but from what I have seen, they have a great match making system and you would be able to count either ranked wins or ranked goals/points, since both encourage winning. (I would also like to see assists being counted if goals were counted.)
I would just like to add I am currently unemployed, searching for work and if there is a potential position surrounding this I would love to join the team. Potentially you may need a "Sponsorship Manager/Assistant" which is something that would be amazing to do.
Thank you for the wonderful experience and taking the time to read and digest all of this information.
~ Fatescore (Mixer.com/Fatescore)