For fun I've decided to do the ReaverRyan challenge from scratch F2P, and I'm going through all the ranks with a free pally deck. I haven't yet graduated to regular ranks where wild is unlocked.
instead I'm stuck on ranks 1 to 10 of apprentice. Queue times are around 4 to 5 minutes. and I'm ONLY facing top tier meta decks that are EXPENSIVE. My "new player" free account is not competitive at all.
I've literally not faced one F2P or remotely comparable to a new player's deck. No cards that aren't brand new, competitive and meta (unlike you'd expect them to match with in the "apprentice" ranks (or even sub Diamond 5 for that matter).
I have no clue how this match making works. Not one card that's not from a top HS replay deck that someone would've needed to purchase the bundle to get.
If queue times were quick I'd kinda get it, but I'm waiting 5 minutes per game. what a joke.
I have to say if I weren't doing this for sport but brand new I'd have quit a long time ago.