Originally Posted by timbalt
What I want to know is why the same 5 people have been at the top of every ladder since season 1 launched. And why they don't even go above 1850.
There are two answers:
The reason why the same 5 people have been at the top of the ladder, is because they are some of the strongest players in the game. They made it to the top because they're some of the best and they also play a lot (varies based on the ladder).
The reason they dont go above 1850 is because right now there are so few teams/people that are 1800+ that the people who are that high get virtually no points for beating any opponent. For instance I am at 1700 in premade 5s, but even beating a team with all people rated around 1600 only gives around 7-9 points. If I were to lose to that same team, i would probably lose around 20. The people who are rated 1800 would get even less points for winning and lose even more. This makes it basically impossible to move up at all without grinding a ton of games and winning all of them. Even one loss can set you back 5 or more wins.