As for the reason I came to this page....
There are a handful of low ranked accounts around 400 and lower of players that are actually good but keep there elo low to cause upsets and maximum loss of points to high ranked players. I do not think this is right and actually think it should be grounds for disciplinary action. I don't know if you could actually prove it to the point that a disciplinary action would be upheld but it would be nice.
The player I am going to bring up only gets put on the list because it was not the first time I played him and I recognized a high level of play both times . He keeps his record about .500%. He plays like a platinum and will draw out the game patiently and methodically and knows how to attack unlike a typical 400. He uses info to his advantage and he knows how to capture and defend the lanes with two square well unlike 400s.
His name is....SoSorry. It's almost as if he is saying, so sorry that you are going to underestimate me and then lose 25 points to me after I win. Going into the game I remembered him and prepared myself and sure enough I am glad I did. I did win if anyone wondered but I knew I could not underestimate him or 22 points would go down the drain to a troll just for him to lose them and do it again to another platinum victim.
Has anyone else experienced players like this?
It just would not be at all practical to do that.
I was in the mid 400s for about 350 games around 18 months ago , and i'd say i was matched with 700+ players around 6 or 7 times at most.
90% of a 400s ELO players games will be vs opponents rated between 300-600 , and if it is out of that range then much more likely to be a very low level opponent than very high.
So no 700+ player is gonna set up an account that he keeps in the low 400s just to annoy Platinum level by taking 22 points from them , because he would only get to play them once in 50 games , and , in order to keep at around 400 he would need to actually win half his matches (and resign the rest) so it would be very time consuming.
Stratego is complicated so there are many different parts of it to be good or bad at , so a 400 player could be as good as a 700 player at certain things eg bluffing , but weak at defending against aggressive players that call every bluff ,that will be common at that level. . Also there is a 'rock-paper-scissors' aspect to this game , so that you might get a match up with a lower level player whose strengths work well against your style of play.
There are players that always seem to be about 125 points higher than me that i have beaten 3 or 4 times in a row . They are better than me though as they don't lose to the players i do . Also players 100 lower than me have won 3 in a row against me, but presumably have poor records against opponents i would usually defeat, or else they'd be higher up.