Even if you don't care about ELO and just want to play, your game will still be ruined because the other players do and will play accordingly.
Every game i have played in, i see people constantly dumping on the last player and bullying them, in hopes of just finishing in 2nd or 3rd so they still gain ELO or don't lose so much.
People rarely try to force on the leader and almost never take tricks to stop lower players from having to take a lot of points.
It is ruining the game and it also creates a very unfriendly and selfish atmosphere.
A lack of honour or sportsmanship is rewarded by the current ELO system for this game.
It is quite clear to anyone who has played hearts that the only ELO system that makes sense is for the winner to take all the ELO and all other players to lose it in equal proportions. Only then would it encourage a proper manner of play and teamwork, trying to bring players closer to the leader instead of just dumping on an bullying one player.
It's really sad that people have mentioned this in the past and it has been ignored.
It really is discouraging me from playing the game, because even though i don't care so much about ELO it still ruins the whole game experience and creates a bad atmosphere. Bad karma should not be rewarded.
If it doesn't change i can't see myself playing that often because it's truly not a nice atmosphere or fun like this. It not only feels wrong in terms of the gameplay but also morally wrong in the dynamics of it.
I wonder how others feel?