This post is to highlight issues that are noticeably affecting long term play between patch cycles. Those issues are specifically regarding the ladder and its lost functionality and worsened state.
Prior to the website revamp last year, community tournaments/events were evolving and making LE enjoyable for sustained periods of time between patches. The ladder’s search functionality filter rules (primary sort by arena waves, secondary sort by level) have since then been lost. It has also become plagued with apparent cheaters and ‘notepad mains’, which is sort of a separate issue I’ll touch on later. But anyway, the point is that ever since this ‘revamp’ the community events/tournaments have been negatively impacted. Some bugs were pointed out early on, but instead of fixing them, the features were removed. (New Website Ladder Search/Submit Button Doesn't Work) Myself and others have also asked about these lost features every once in a while, via Discord or Dev Stream, and we’ve been told EHG is aware, but it’s not a priority. I understand that EHG might want to wait until MP is ready to re-add these features and bolster/maintain the integrity of the leaderboards, but I am asking you to reconsider. Please make this a priority, as it is one of the best ways for us as a community to keep having fun tournaments/events for us to play between each patch. I personally feel like these features being re-added would be a HUGE improvement and prevent players from experiencing burnout shortly after new patches. It’s been a bit disheartening to see those features were lost and never came back and even more so to see how plagued with cheaters the ladder is now too.
So, this is my effort to bring more attention to these problems, or to at least make EHG more aware and hopefully have them reconsider the ladder and its functionality/integrity more of a priority. Bring back the primary and secondary sorts, so we can actually race again, where our level matters. Where that one sneaky player can match you in waves but is 1 level higher, so they win. Bring back the search functionality, so we can track each other’s progress and beat our rivals. Add filters/checks to improve the ladder integrity, weeding out the players who are obviously cheating by using skills not available to their class, jumping from wave 0-1000 in an instant, playing an unplayable class, etc. Pleaaaaassseeeee give this some thought EHG. Thank You!