After playing this game nearly daily for an hour or 2, I decided to try some old titles out again. The result is I'm actually enjoying playing competitive games again, just not Battlefield. I went back to Overwatch and World of Tanks. Since letting BF5 go I'm much happier with gaming. I no longer have hopes that DICE can save this game, or even salvage it. It's a mess and it's going to continue being a mess because the team behind it has ZERO direction. They have made bad call after bad call and it's a trend that's not changing.
This is no longer the Battlefield I fell in love with back in the days of Bad Company 1&2. The titles since then changed but all retained enough of the BF experience to make it feel like they belong in the franchise. Even the derivative and generally generic feeling BF4 was a great game, even though it lacked any innovation what so ever. It had a purpose and a direction; make a new BF game similar to the last with a few new things. BF5 does none of this.
I wouldn't even know where to begin with the games faults, they are too numerous. Playing is much like getting slapped in the face constantly, but you keep playing because you hope someday the abuse stops. It's not going to, sorry. It's kind of like an abusive relationship.
At this point I'm not even looking forward to the next title. I have no faith in DICE anymore. It's been a good 10 plus years on the Battlefield, but it's time to move on.
Edit: Went back to try the Pacific for a few matches and the game is heading in the right direction, but still has a lot of the same problems. Infantry/vehicle balance is still utter crap and gives tanks no option other than camp. Class specific equipment is still bad (Why doesn't every class have access to the standard frag grenade?), gadgets have too many uses (you can only carry 1 grenade but 3 Faust and 3 dynamite?), resupply points are still an awful mechanic, etc. The maps are better designed though, much more enjoyable than the uninteresting battles they picked for year 1.
However, going forward it's not enough. Watching Jackfrags video on the upcoming December patch shows DICE is taking one step forward and 3 steps back. Increasing ttk again, markers above enemies, and MORE INFANTRY ANTI TANK WEAPONS! As if infantry ramboing tanks isn't bad enough already. Give tankers more reason to camp, great idea!
And after playing CoDs new 64 player mode, I gotta say, it's almost like playing the same game anymore, but CoD does it better. If CoD added MBTs, attack helos and plane spawns there would be no reason to play Battlefield. Not to mention it is a blatant conquest copy, so you dont even have to turn on BF for that now. Everything that made BF special is gone. I'm sorry, but it is. But hey! You can play Minecraft while getting shot at!