I would honestly play ladder more if I could match against an AI if there are no people around. even if I got no rating from wins it would let me try out the ladder pool and learn how to play different maps without having to do all the setup myself
I think this has the same mechanical difficulty as having AIs in 2v2 queue or someone's idea for a PVE queue, but on the viability front: AI has made massive strides these past year- depending on the AI I think up to 200-300 rated players can be bullied easily. With the AI tournament going we should get some decent data depending on how many participants there are.
ALSO! I don't know about others, but when I started it was absolutely demoralizing to hit -200 something rating after thinking i was pretty OK at the game as a noob. If there had been games against some easy AI, RNG, uveso, etc I might have kept playing ladder just because of how much easier it would have been to get games, and see my own improvement without wondering if my opponent was just more or less retarded.
Definitely might want to have a toggle or something so people can choose to never encounter AI if they don't like it, but I think it would be super interesting, and it might revitalize the AI scene a bit more for people to have the possibility of essentially getting what they make integrated into ladder, and give us AI devs a lot more data against real people
@shape-of-bennis lmao imagine if good players knew how to make AI. maybe you should pair up with ai devs