Hello, I have been playing for a few years and yet I am not so frustrated. Of course there are some games that are not fun but it's the RTS playstyle that wants that. I always have fun.
The ddos I don't know if 0AD can do anything about it but many orthers videos games are affected.
I don't know if you take the measure of what you are offering. Making every game count for rank would be counterproductive, people would play games less for fun. There would therefore be fewer games in progress, this could gradually lead to an empty lobby and therefore a dead game in 2 years. I carricature but you get the idea.
The scoring system is open to criticism but it is not intended to be infallible, it is just an indicator (up to the players to use it as they want, to trust it or not. It has the merit of creating a small little competitiveness and a ranking sympathetic to the ego of the people).
Most of the known hosts themselves estimate the level of the players to balance the games. sometimes it's done well sometimes not, it's impossible to do it all the time. I assume that if the gap is not too large all games can be won.
Then most of the smurfs accounts do not pose any problem, but if they are done with an aim to piss off or create bad for others it is a shame. For example, I have 4 accounts, 2 of which are shared with my brother and a friend, we have the same level overall and I always announce my average rating when I do a 1 vs 1 so as not to trap the person by stealing his points.
Why am I doing this? No idea, I find it funny, it's less boring to always have the same nickname, people expect less of your strategies or a bunch of other childish reasons lol. It could be interesting to see the date of creation of the account to avoid old players without rating to be considered as smurfs. When I'm on a different account I feel like I'm in a different vibe too.
don't ban please