Yup, pros don't bother with ranked team games because they care about 1v1. Most people prefer to play reasonably balanced team games which is reflected in the player count and the amount of un- ranked lobbies have "soft" rankings applied.That would be incredibly wrong and biased by the devs, in my opinion if they actually think that "majority" of playerbase is satisfied with the current MM system. Majority doesn't just mean pure numbers when in comes to certain aspects of the game - because obviously there will always be more casual/lower elo playerbase compared to hardcore/cream of the crop. And matter of fact is, you will never find the casual players as deeply invested into the aoe scene as hardcore members of the community, so there needs to be a certain weight associated with say a high profile player like Viper's stance to a LEL John who plays "TGs noobs only every saturday" (Sorry to all John's out there)
Devs cannot really weigh everyone's stance equally, it hurts some people a lot more than it does to a casual player. There are people whose livelihood depend around the game and if they can't enjoy the game, they have no other option but complain. Why do you think barely any pros queue Ranked TGs, but play Unranked Lobby Nomad, BF every chance they get? It's because the MM for TG is broken.
- Devs ask pros for their opinions regarding balance because pros have most experience and the game balance is centered around that. Cool, nobody will complain because it's in everyone's best interest (Sorry John, we can't buff teutonic knights just for you, it will break the balance)
- Devs ask everyone (including casual players who play maybe once a week) to vote in the ranked mappool and then decide based on the majority. Like how is it fair? Mbl and Hera plays 1000s of games and they have to play from a mappool which is mainly decided by what the "majority" of lower elo prefers, something which is no fun at all for higher elos.
I heard Hera mention the ranked teamgame ladder is crap on Masamora's podcast, otherwise they just complain about whatever the current OP civ is.
It would be super cool if influential people told the devs to do something about the "let people play competitive team games on the maps the like" issue rather than constantly whine about flemish revolution.