I would suggest a 2 prong approach to help solve this.
- adjust the ECR lost based on SPS staked.
- adjust the ECR pentalty percent(currently below 50%) based on league. So Bronze, silver it activates below 50% and Gold/Diamond its below 30% and Champ removes it all together.
All last season the matchmaker was wonky, making it difficult to progress. I tried switching to modern and was only able to get to Diamond 1 which dropped me to gold this season. I’m ok playing in gold but I fell to silver after losing my first battle and now I’m getting just a few points for a win and losing a lot when I lose. I hate the silver meta which is why I built my deck for gold/diamond in the first place! lol.
Everyone wants to complain about bots but when they dissapear everyone complains about something else. I believe at this point they are a neccessary evil and they are providing a service at this point. Maybe some day in the future when Splinterlands has 400k real human players we can put more focus on eleminating bots but I don’t think limiting the number of battles they can do in a day is the right answer. Limiting the rewards for the lower leagues would probably be a better idea. Adding merits to chests was a positive step in the right direction.