Funnily, even during the loss streak I managed to keep 46K damage per game, while the average Yugumo has 35K. The next day the loss streak was over like it never happened, my current stats are 79 games, 31 wins, which means that I played 31 games since the screenshot and won 14, so I’m back to 50% winrate, despite my average damage decreased by 4K.
One might assume that “bad luck happens”, but chances can be calculated. Assuming 50% or 38.7% being my real winrate, these are the chances of outcomes of 12 games:
These are some really low chances at the edges. It’s more likely something happened that day. And not me being extraordinary bad because then my damage wouldn’t be what it is. What happened is that I’ve thrown money to the game to reach the T10 destroyer before the end of the season. Every game I used full set of +XP and credits signals and camo, replacing them for gold. Throwing $5 for an evening of good play doesn’t seem to be in excess. Instead, I multiplied low base numbers due to the constant defeats. The next day I spent all my gold to buy premium time and stopped throwing the leftover on signals. The magical loss streak disappeared.
The reason behind it is that the matchmaker is optimized to rip of players from their money it and (correctly) assumed that I’ll stop paying when I get tier 10, so they denied me victories to make me play more games therefore pay more money. When I cleared my gold stockpiles and stopped throwing money, they reclassified me as a “sometimes paying player” so I’m back to the neither boosted, nor sabotated default group.
I usually advise players to not play games where the matchmaking is rigged, but here there is a simpler advice: don’t pay gold for signals, camo or consumables. You just waste your money, since they identify you as an addict and will sabotate you to make you spend more. Spend money only on premium time and permanent things.
While the random matchmaker being rigged is a concern, as long as ranked battles are fine and randoms are playable (hint: World of Tanks where everyone rushes like a bot is not playable), I won’t stop playing. But sure as hell I’ve stopped paying.
PS: It’s always great to meet a blog reader in game. Even when my team are a bunch of drooling morons:
PS2 to Stawek who surely think this as an evidence that DDs must fight other DDs to win:
PS3: this was a good torpedo salvo: