I’ll bite - For someone like me who’s not serious about competing the seasons are just too long. The system only allows players in the ranking system, so the more we play the harder it gets(obviously). If you want to be a casual player and don’t care about getting to veteran what this means is that it just becomes less enjoyable as the season drags on. A lot of games allow folks to chose if they want to play in the Elo system, or just play to play, I wish Niantic would give us that option.
The other thing that needs to change is the god awful matching system. I’ve heard conspiracies that it’s rigged which doesn’t seem plausible to me. I’ve also heard people express that it’s completely random, and that Niantic flubs on so many things there’s no way they could get an algorithm to work. I think that’s naïve too. The whole concept of the game is based on how the different types counter each other, the easy part would be to create a system to match based on this. The hard part I think would be making it competitive and gradually increasing in difficulty as someone progresses through the rankings. Right now it’s like a blunt forced object. There is no nuance or subtly to it at all. If you’ve played long enough you can almost predict when the pattern is going to shift and you’re going to start a set where you will be hard countered no matter what you do.
I don’t mind being hard countered sometimes, or losing close match ups whether I made a mistake or not. I also know I benefit from being given super easy leads and winning close match ups as well. What drives me nuts is the emotional roller coaster. I’ll be competitive for a few sets and feel good that I’m at least hanging in there only to hit a wall and lose no matter what I do. However they’ve programmed it, it’s just too feast or famine right now. I’m sure there’s logic behind it, I’m also certain it’s hard to find truly competitive match ups every time. The shifts in matching are just so abrupt I started to get anxiety about when the next wall was coming. I’ve stopped playing PVP for now because I just get too frustrated lol.
Niantic is the gamers version of Phillip Morris. One of the few companies who’s customers universally hate it, but they can’t stop consuming it’s product lol.