what’s happening is if your base is stronger, you’ll have a harder time climbing because your matchups are harder. if you have a slightly weaker base composition, you’ll have an easier climb as long as your catalysts are good enough. what’s happening is the matchups are punishing players for being strong instead of rewarding them. oddlegend posted a video of him rifting with a gold 3 with a really strong base. this same player was also paired with a diamond 2. what happens is his power level is at least diamond, but he can’t get out of gold because of his matchups. rift matchmaking should be based only on rift rating, at least in higher ranks. top rankings are sort of screwed up because if the power level of your base is significantly weaker than the top players, you can go on long winstreaks and climb to the top of the rankings without ever meeting the strongest players.