I feel this one picture sums up how low the PvP population is right now ----------> https://imgur.com/cunZI2s
For context I was playing on a Monday at around 3pm. I am currently Gold 3 (as seen in the picture) and in DuoQ with my friend who is in Plat 1.
Matchmaking then pairs up against Zan from Rank 55 Dragons who I believe is P3/Legendary and puts Tenebrae from French Worms on my team. The population is so low that I, as a gold 3 player even with a plat 1 duo partner are in the same game as these top tier players. I understand this is happening because of a low population but surely this should be alarming to developers to see this kind of disparity in skill level in their RANKED game mode.
Its frustrating for both parties. I go into a 1v1 scenario, expecting it to be a fairly even fight as we both should be similar rating but instead I could end up completely destroying them OR they completely destroy me. In a gamemode that has all the intentions of promoting skill level through different ranks, the games themselves discredit this.