I'm annoyed by the number of smurfs playing on the ladder currently, especially from the top 10. It's legitimate as far as the rules go, however it's also quite harmful especially at the top ranks due to how the ladder works and here's why: Points are given based on rank of the player in question. I played @elodea's smurf losing 2 games and winning the third. If I was playing his real account, the losses would have been small and the win larger, probably leaving me at #25 on the ladder where I started (fair enough imo). However as he was playing on a different account with a much much lower rank, I was dropped 25 places on the ladder despite getting a win against #3 (as the system doesn't know that). After 5 consecutive wins I'm still only back to #40. I honestly don't think this is intentional on his part, but top players (anyone in uber imo) masquerading as low ranking players by using second accounts creates an artificial barrier to other players moving up the rankings as wins are devalued and losses made more severe. Edit: this is also made worse by the fact that inactivity doesn't cost points (though you can get overtaken), so players can get an account to a high rank, and safely leave it there whilst focusing on their other account.