It seems Overwatch is rife with smurf accounts. I ask around, and most of the time people answer they have 2 accounts or more. There was a sale on OW about one month ago. I once talked with somebody, on voice chat, who had 7 accounts.
I only have one account, and I play in solo queue, in silver tank, silver healer, and bronze DPS. I want to insist that when I started playing OW, I was about 2600.
It feels like smurfs are in all my matches, both in my team and in the opposite team. Often, it seems that smurfs are the player who can influence the outcome of a match, not me. Either my team can't win against a team with smurfs, or my team has strong smurfs and win too easily, so no matter how much effort I put, I don't contribute to the outcome of the match. It doesn't feel very good.
It's weird because I often hear players saying smurfs are not a problem, and they also say "there is no elo hell", yet I've heard pro players agreeing that smurfs make it harder to climb.
I have played online FPS for years, I was told my aim is not bad by a OW coach, yet I'm not even gold, where most players are.
If there is a lot of smurf accounts, wouldn't it create a "downward" pressure, meaning average players get pushed down by smurf accounts?
I wish Blizzard would enable their authenticator for OW, to allow players to not play with and against smurfs, a bit like what cs go did with cs go prime.
I regularly spot groups of players who "derank" as a team. I'm also curious why players decide to derank, and if it's really ethical, since it means those accounts will, in the future, play with people lower than them. I've heard arguments like:
"It's to play with friend"
- answer: they should play in QP instead, because in competitive, you should only play with players of your level. That's a good limitation.
"It's to practice with another hero"
- answer: they should play in QP instead, that's what practice is for. Those people can practice against people of their own level.
"I want to have fun while not losing MMR"
- answer: they should play in QP instead, it's unethical to practice against players who are lower level.
I can understand why Blizzard can easily make money with smurfs, though.