The cheaters have a new game plan. They know they can't blatantly collude because they are being reported. So now there's a very noticable trend where two players will let each other be. Once it's clear the game is favouring player A, player B will eliminate the competition so that B will finish second.
It's happened in 80 percent of the games i've played recently must be the newest thing on the Cheaters Chat board.
SMG simply must stop this cheating. The game can't be incentivised to reward a player for doing nothing but hanging on for second. It would be like giving the silver to someone who was 400 meters behind the winner but tripped the other competitors in the race.
STOP AWARDING POINTS FOR SECOND, and this pattern goes away overnight.