i understand, and i'm just saying that losses don't show up anymore which is how I used to gauge the skill level of my opponent after a match.
if i see a diamond player with about equal wins and losses, my opinion of his level of skill is skewed.
if i lose to a guy with a very good win:loss ratio, i feel better about my loss.
Huh that's not necessarily a reasonable way to gauge skill. If you play against a diamond player who's 50/50 and has a ton of games under his belt, then maybe they're solidly diamond not master, or maybe their game is improving and their win ratio over the last say 50 games is quite good and they'll be promoted soon.
If you play a diamond player who has a really good ratio, all that means is that player is on the way up and is probably better than diamond quality. Probably means that player hasn't played that many games as well... I mean it should be pretty impossible ot have like 100 wins, 20 losses and not get promoted. But if you care that much, you can still gauge this kind of player by checking out how their #games played & their points compare to other players in their league.
Beyond that, you should really be gauging the quality of your opponent by watching the replay. Who cares how many points he has, what league he's in/rank, etc. You just played a game and lost (or several games). You sit down and watch the replay to try and learn from your mistakes; you check out what your opponent is doing and observe "whoa! amazing micro!" or "wow he expands like crazy" or "his map control is epic" or "wtf he only has 20 workers?! how did i lose??" Good players have bad days and bad players have good days. Let the gameplay be the final judge of how you perceive your wins/losses, to whatever extent that actually matters.
I mean yeah it feels cool to beat someone who's much better than you "on paper," but the real question is, did you really outplay them or were they playing terribly?
either way you still need to win at least 50% of your games to go up in rank, you just do better with a worse record if you are playing less and using all of your pool.
My guess is htat people at the top of the high leagues play so many games that their bonus pools are pretty empty. And if they played fewer games, they wouldn't be generating enough points to stay at the top. That is, if you went for optimum "efficiency" in terms of ratio of points gained to games won (by waiting for your pool), you will gain points way slower than someone who just plays a lot.
And for people who play infrequently, well helping those folks is the whole point of the bonus pool. So being good and playing less often doesn't leave you ranked below people who are worse but play a lot. But at the end of the day, I hope most people play this game to have fun, not stare at their/others' stats.