Ranked on the other hand is different. You don’t just randomly get into a highly ranked game by queuing up, you must already have a bit lower rank. Getting rank in World of Warships is straightforward: win and get a “star” or lose and lose one. Get enough stars and you get a rank, all the way down from 23 to 1. There is also an extra mechanic, the highest XP player on the loser team saves his star.
Now, assuming the matchmaker is not purposefully rigged with the goal of advancing some players (and there is little reason to do so), the system works and players earn better ranks by being better.
Which leads us to an interesting point: if everyone in your rank bracket earned their place, then they are just as good as you. They are not “potatoes”, they are not “throwers”, they are not “suiciders”, they are not “star-saving cowards”, they are players with equal skill to you.
I only see this, because of playing Overwatch, constantly gaining rating and having positive winrate and then being banned because enough teammates reported me as thrower. Why do people assume the opposite? Because in a randomly assembled team without team boss, there is no agreed strategy. There is often no communication because of language barrier and even if there is, different strategies are dismissed as “potatoes being wrong”.
The truth is that the “suicider” believes in an aggressive strategy. He got to the rank he is at because his strategy works if force is concentrated at one front. If the red team sends a DD and a supporting cruiser to C, while our team sends every ship into A with full speed, then they will kill the enemies before those 2 can come back. The “coward” believes in defense. He got here because of “crossing the T”: the attackers must move forward to attack, meaning they cannot bring their rear batteries to target and they are much more vulnerable to torpedoes. Because of that, an attack without numerical advantage will fail.
Both of them are here and not in a lower rank because they are better than their peers. They aim better, angle better, move better. However this counts for nothing if they find themselves in a team where the majority disagree with their strategy. You can be the world best Khabarovsk player (in terms of trading damage with a peer) if you charge into a cap all alone because everyone else goes defense. Similarly if you head to the back to snipe and everyone else pushes C, you might as well be AFK.
My point is that dismissing the players with equal rank as “suiciders” and “cowards” or simply “potatoes”, you should realize that their play is not worse than yours, just belong to a different strategy. This way instead of cursing and losing, you can realize if you find yourself in a team where a different strategy is dominant and adapt. Yes, you can push a circle in an IJN destroyer if all the cruisers are coming. Yes, you can go flank at the edge with a Russian one. Not optimal, but definitely better than just ignoring the rest of the players (not “team”, as there is no communication) as “potatoes” and do your thing.