I think all of the complaints about ELO
are due to the fact that a skilled player and a scrub can beat you using the same "OP" opener in this game. So what's the difference? Let me educate you guys.
A scrub will play the same stupid opener of 500 pills on Grudj
or old on Troompah
every single game, because it works a little over 50% of the time for him. A good ELO
player might play the same moves in certain games, when he has LOOKED AT YOUR HAND AND FIGURED OUT HOW YOU'RE LIKELY TO RESPOND. He will make the risky play when he knows that's his best chance of winning, he will play conservatively when he knows that's his best chance of winning, and he will split up his pills when he knows that's his best chance of winning.
This is how good ELO
players end up with improbable streaks of over 10 wins, often multiple times every week, over and over and over again. I have seen people reliably achieve streaks of 12-15, and when I was a bit more into ELO
, I could pull it off myself. No, ELO
is not perfectly balanced... Honestly Askai
and Olga's ban did too little to weaken Jungo
, their bonuses are too strong and the amount of round-winning cards in both clans is too high. Fortunately split-clanning mitigates the problem almost entirely, and we have several clans that shut OP bonuses and abilities down. If you have an issue with strong abilities, run a SoA half. If you have an issue with strong bonuses, run a SoB half.