Question mainly for those who think this game is balanced and everything that should be random, is. Secondarily for anyone with actual inside knowledge (NOT guesswork, at the very least some sort of careful analysis and not subjective impressions):
Please explain how it is possible to be paired with people who outlevel me literally 85% of the time.
For a few days recently, I was keeping track of my battles in a file in Notepad [see footnote]. I had about 21 or 22 battles recorded. One of the things I recorded was the level differential, i.e., my total levels minus the enemy’s total levels.
- In one case, it was +2 (i.e. my levels added up to 2 more than theirs)
- In two cases, it was 0 (our total levels were equal).
- In ALL the other cases, so let’s conservatively say 17 times, though I’m pretty sure the real number was 18 or 19, it was negative. The most common number seen was -3, but it got as low as -5. More than once.
(The “loading” bug only came up twice, once in my favour and once against me. It was not a major factor.)
I’ve fought six battles since and while I massively outleveled the enemy in one of them (+6, I think), in all other cases the level differential ranged from -2 to -5.
This is almost exactly 85% cases where I’m outleveled, over a sample size that admittedly isn’t as big as we’d ideally like but is more than large enough that, if it were really random, it should have evened out by now, if not perfectly then more than this. (I realize it’s based off trophy count and not levels directly but one assumes they correlate pretty strongly.) I’m going pure F2P and seem to be out-equipped by most of my foes (in particular my level 9 Tomass is garbage compared to the indestructible walking nukes other people have made that character into). Of the battles I recorded, I won more than I lost (about 65%), but there’s also streaks where I lose say 5 out of 6 - case in point, the six battles I’ve fought since I stopped recording. I win more than I lose even when outleveled, but it’s not like I’m steamrolling everyone. Overall I don’t think I punch nearly far enough above my weight class for people who outlevel me by this much, and in particular for people with multiple 11th level characters (I have zero), to be considered my peers.
[Footnote] Then a Windows update happened, rebooted without warning me even though I’ve done everything in my power to set it up not to do that, and didn’t save my work because the one company that never considers the possibility that their products might be running on a Microsoft operating system, is Microsoft… but that’s a whole other rant. Wiped out a ton of work.)