This suggestion is relevant only for team games (such as 5v5, 2v2v2v2, 1v1v1v1v1 and so on).
In a competitive environment, being temporarily anonymous while playing has various advantages:
- Harder for players to cheat and boost a certain player.
- Makes victory the player's only goal: otherwise some players may just focus on whoever is the highest rank, or on whoever beat them earlier, or on whoever gets a certain color, and so on.
- Makes ELO much more meaningful: because external factors that should be irrelevant are removed (a player's name, a player's country of birth, a player's ELO, a player's age etc), the ELO will become a much better objective representation of the actual skill level of a player.
- Makes players accept losses easier: because they know the only reason someone targeted them is that the other player thought it was the best move, and not because of external factors such as country, name etc etc.
Before the start of the match player identities can be shown, as long as they are not paired with the color they will be in-game.
After the game is over, every player identity should be revealed as well as ELO changes, just like it happens now.
Vote/discuss here: https://boardgamearena.com/bug?id=14241