Ok, so why have custom matches not ranked? Right now I don't have a way to play with friends in Skirmish/Pantheon, so if I actually cared about my rank odds are I want to play with a team, but I can't, so why play those game modes? I can play custom game type and have teams play eachother. But then people bitch because I play pugs cause sometimes I can't find another team or I'm an asshat and don't put team in title(this is all hypothetical, I stopped playing a while back, at least online). So my custom rank, which is the one that matters to me, doesn't matter to others. Fine, I'll up my skirmish rank. FUCK, I can't, cause I get matched with trashy players. BUt, they match based on rank. Even if that did work it never would because player base is too small to allow for well matched teams.
So custom games are where people who care about rank want to play, but skirmish is where they should but it doesn't work
solution to me - leave custom rankings and add option to play with friends in pantheon / skirmish. If people go YOU SUCK because custom rank is low, say hey, look at my skirmish rank ass hat, i test builds in custom. If skirmishrank is low, hey, you suck
REMOVE PANTHEON - I think it's a huge waste. There is no benefit to winning the tournament. and there should not be. Why should shitty players get rewarded for getting carried? Why should good players get punished cause they had a ton of crappy teammates?
So why have this game mode - it's trying to be persistent but why? it's unbalanced imo with limiting demigods, there's no reason to try and win, and it cuts playerbase up