I don’t see the problem. I’m pretty solidly Super/Ultra Bronze. Sure, I’ll temporarily slide down to Rookie because I get paired up with guys with twice my amount of points pretty often. But I still learn and every time I work my way back up a little bit faster. Hell, I probably learn even more getting bodied by a Silver/Gold player who outclasses me in every way than beating the Bronze guy who keeps doing the same unsafe stuff over and over seemingly without understanding that I can punish him for it, because the good player actually forces me to learn good habits and not throw out random sweeps/supers/wake-up attacks. My approach is that rank doesn’t matter all that much. Sure, I would prefer not to be matched up with Platinum guys who are playing on a level I can’t even begin to comprehend, because at that point I don’t get anything out of it and might as well just put my arcade stick on the floor, but I just don’t have a problem with getting bodied by guys who are genuinely better than me as long as they’re not being dicks about it and I understand why I lost.
Maybe it just comes from me being very much of a basement king from back in the pre-online days, thinking I was genuinely good at Soul Calibur II because I could beat the everliving shit out of friends who didn’t even own the game, until I played against people who genuinely played the game at a decent level. I’m not very good, at absolutely best mediocre, at fighting games and I’m fine with that. I occupy that comfortable spot of being better than people who just play casually, but way worse than people who put the time in and actually learn the match-ups. I don’t need to beat people as long as I’m having fun and/or feeling like I’m improving. I’d like to think that I’m better now than I was a few weeks ago even though I’m more or less the same rank.
If you stop obsessing over points and ranks, I think Ranked is actually pretty solid (aside from the rage quitting problem). I rarely get matched up with guys where I just go “WHAT THE FUCK IS EVEN HAPPENING RIGHT NOW”, and I feel like with almost every match I play, I figure out a little bit more. Like how Mika’s rolling slide thing will usually lead into a throw, Cammy has a weird jump that will often go past a medium Nishikyu that will hit almost everyone else, or how a lot of Kens will try to bait you into pushing a button after something that looks punishable so they can make you eat a heavy DP. I can genuinely say I’ve face quite a few guys with roughly 2000 points who I feel were worse than me even though I was currently sitting on a scrubby 980, but I don’t begrudge them that. It’s just a number. I don’t want to be LTG or DSP, crying about how someone doesn’t deserve my points or how guys who are genuinely better than me don’t win tournaments so it doesn’t mean shit anyway. And it’s not like I don’t get salty. I’ve faced Mikas that I felt were brainlessly throwing stuff out because all they had to do was guess right once or twice to get me into the corner, get me stunned and take the round while I actually had to put in work to win. But I also realize that if it was that easy and it was that big of a problem, I should just pick Mika myself and do the same thing.
tl;dr: Are you having fun? Are you learning how to play better? Then wins and losses don’t really matter (unless you’re a tournament player and there’s genuinely money and sponsorships on the line).