So, the Dev’s finally merge the 2 leagues. That is long overdue IMHO. It would also boost player numbers, if they not also decided to restrict queueing.
What for? A few days ago, I got stomped in a 4-men against one Diamond and a couple of silver players. Was it unfair? Certainly not. They played the map more flexible, they rotated quicker and had an overall better decision making. They deserved to win. Its more frustrating to lose more points due to personal rank adjustments, but hey, this is obviously some kind of holy grale for the developers, so i cope with it.
The problem is that i now will not be able to play with my friends (one is very highly ranked and 2 of us rather low). We just started to practise a bit for heroes lounge and needed to use TL, as it is they only play mode that allows to pick a hero from any spot.
So please remove the restriction. We all know that your combination of MMR and rank is not a very precise metric for the actual skill of a player. Did you ever consider looking at your own data? The majority of your players never moves outside a certain range of ranks and some might have even dropped over the course of their learning curve. Does this sound like a working system?
So please, either remove the restriction or, if this is another holy grale, allow for “professionell” drafting in Unranked also. Most people do not care about their rank anymore, but they care about playing together and this is what HOTS (still) excels in.
I just realized how it would be possible continue playing with may friends: we all create smurf accounts. I never wanted to (what for), but this seems to be the solution.