The ranking system is screwed. I am ranked expert and just played a game against 1 expert and 4 intermediates. I won and my ranking STILL went down. I don't care what they say - if they other players leave the game it counts against the players who are left - win or lose. I can understand you should lose ranking points when you lose against lower players - but if you win, no matter who it is, the worst that should happen is you stay the same. It would help if there was a list of the rankings of players in a particular game before you enter - then you can save time not clicking on a game to see what level the players are and then having to quickly click out of the game before they start it. I hate not readying up but in this circumstance you just have to.
Hey! You should almost NEVER lose ranking points from beating a lower level player unless it's, say, a Grandmaster against five Novices. That's more likely simply an earlier loss that delayed the ranking point drop.
No - I keep a note of my rating before a game and immediately after and it goes down. The largest was the other day when it went down 50,000 and I won.
As I said. . . You likely lost a game *before* that game, and the ranking point drop was delayed enough that it happened as you played that next game.
Yes! I would love a kind of "rank fog" so you can't see other players' ranks, people target me a lot because I'm higher rank than them :)
@Kent tekulve sometimes it happens that novice is just targeting you no matter what, just because you're high rank, if you dont have any luck, then you lose. There can be no strategy used yet.
Interesting: I fell into the novice rankings from Intermediate over a few days. At one point I believe I was in the 180Ks. but I was playing with distractions. SO, I played poorly, and I noticed my rolls were starting to get screwy, I wasn't getting matching cards until 5 -- over and over and over -- then turning them in for 4 or 6, maybe 8, at best armies. And also fell I believe to the absolute bottom in the 2 millions. Now i can't win to save my life. I see sometimes where I have over 50 of my troops killed, and win maybe 25. Sometimes even worse, losing 5 troops to one? I simply cannot dig back out. 23 wins up until a week ago -- since then, maybe 50 losses back to back. I also notice a lot of new looking Novice players with high numbers and beginners having played maybe 5 games, but won 4 of them. What gives?
Ranking can fluctuate a lot! You could actually get to Grandmaster in 28 games, it's just extremely difficult. I've seen Beginners with thousands of games. It all depends on how much you win.