It's easier cause everyone has a chance now, not just the people with the strongest cards. Now you actually have to play smart.
It's easy to get from 1100 to 1200. it's hard to get from 1000-1100 and 1250-1300+. Ida know, I got pwned from a bunch of sneaky noobs in 1000. in 1100+ players with no skill but good cards pop up, easy to kill. 1200+ takes real skill.