But finally, I’ve found the M&S silver bullet. A copy-paste that I insert at the start of the game: “DO NOT SWITCH just because someone tells you! I never switched and got to the SAME RATING AS YOU. Play your favorite and we’ll win!” It has everything: a direct order (do not switch), an appeal to M&S (who hate being told what to do), a reason for intelligent people (I’m at the same rating, so it works) and an inspiration for socials (“we’ll win”).
I’ve figured this out around Sunday noon and since then I’ve gained 250 rating, reaching my highest ever:
Sure, it’s not something spectacular, but it’s a huge improvement for me and it’s far from being over.
I will keep thinking how to improve the copy-paste. I also no longer ignore chat, every time someone demands anyone to switch, I counter with something like “play what you want” that is simple and appeals to the inner devil of the players. After all, if you are playing with M&S and socials, don’t run around with logic and data, but by manipulation! I wish I’ve found this 100 hours of game ago. But hey, research is hard!