I play with friends in the notorious plat-diamond zone where nearly every single game has at least 1 or 2 people with brand new smurf accounts and it throws off the game balance.
I don't care about playing with better people, as long as the teams are balanced...
However Blizzard will put 2-3 smurfs with sub 20 hour accounts on one team against a team of full silver borders. (Who will proceed to get smashed)
Yesterday I recorded that in our 7 games:
6 out of 7 had more than one smurf (brand new account with sub-50 hours in Diamond).
2 games had more than 4 smurfs (2+ on each team, we won because we had the better smurfs)
1 single game was played with only people with 75+ hours on their accounts... but one guy was being toxic and threw.
Can we figure out a solution for this? How about new accounts play with other new accounts? Bronze borders play with other bronze borders?
Perhaps a phone verification system like they do for Top 500 & CS:GO ?
There have been numerous threads of people doing "Bronze to GM" style runs and EVEN they say that plat-diamond is notorious for smurfs (which is ironic, because if they are doing that, they are a smurf themselves).