Honestly the amount of elitism generated by only displaying character-specific level instead of an account level and clear superiority of certain subclasses to others leading to a “meta first” mentality in a fair deal of the player base is pretty frustrating. What’s more frustrating is that these mentalities lead to quick kicking for no actually good or justifiable reasons and make the game experience much less enjoyable.
What if you’re on your third character (so account wise this could be level 60+) and want to play champ at level 10-15 with max level gear to level faster? Well good luck chances are you’ll get the boot even though you’ll match a good number of 20+ characters if not even exceed their hero power, and already have near 200+ hero power over what’s recommended. No questions asked, no way to even gauge skill (hero power/gear +skill > talents below legend, most people don’t need temp hp on champ much if at all on their 2rd+ go at it) just leads to baseless discrimination. Why should you have to play below what you’re having fun/doing well in?
What if you want to play a “sub-optimal” class on legend like say Slayer? Well get used to feeling the boot because forget being good enough to make it outside the meta, you’re not playing ironbreaker and somebody who couldn’t live without their meta crutch felt their chances of success threatened.
Really these changes might not fix the problems but they could do to lessen them;
- Display people account level under their character slot when you press tab
- Display people gear score under that same tab
These might at least give players who’re quick to assume too much from too little second thoughts, but also let people clearly know if someones who’s skilled it in their party or if it’s a newer player. Alternatively, consider removing kick altogether. It rarely does anyone good, and doing 1 run civilly with someone who’s unsatisfactory won’t kill you or your time. You could even add a report function with griefing to dissuade players from lashing out if they’re called out for bad antics in MP.