I agree.The only matchmaking that should happen is in a ranked mode, where the only thing that should be considered is skill level.
How do you know that though? for example i have such cards as John Natalis, Phillipa Eilhart, Thaler and Prince Stennis among others and i haven't spent any money at all.It's no fun to be totally obliterated by a deck that exclusively contains cards that you simply don't have as a new player.
I made it past level 17 completely free to play. I won the majority of my matches. I'm having a hard time believing anyone when they blame other people buying kegs for their losses.Additionally, since Xbox One Players cannot purchase kegs with real money, nor can they mill cards (at least until level 3 - which is hard to obtain -see below). It means that I'm playing 4-6 games just to get one win because the PC players have the ability to do all of these things. I'm running into decks with multiple golds / purples hitting the table each game.
Playing with starter decks filled with 2 kegs of supplemented cards from earning ore from wins, it cannot keep up. It is very discouraging to those of us who only received an Xbox beta invite and not a PC one yet. So I very much hope they have a more advanced matchmaking system in the future or they will have a decreased beta test group from the consoles until the abilities to buy/mill cards because it just isn't fun to play.
I will say though, when I get a decently matched game, I love gwent almost as much as I did in the regular game. And I cannot wait to see what else is coming as the beta evolves.
The game has only been live for a few days.It's no fun to be totally obliterated by a deck that exclusively contains cards that you simply don't have as a new player.