Sorry, just seeing this now! Not used to getting comments so thank you so much for this! :D
Actually you bring up a great point. I didn't really play a ton of ranked but now that you mention it I can see this being a HUGE problem. Now that you say it that way, I totally understand. Re: the gear switch in the lobby, apparently you CAN do that in ranked group play? Idk. Makes no sense to allow it in one mode and not the other...ugh. Come on Nintendo!
Thanks again for the comment! We will read this out loud on episode 33 and respond :)