Before I was spending time playing TCG online I was playing MLB The Show '18 Diamond Dynasty. It uses a ELO (or ELO like) rating system too, but, in my opinion, has a far more motivating leaderboard where you can clearly reach different tiers "World Series" at the top, then "Championship Series" and so on down to "Spring Training" where new players begin. The first three tiers you can only raise your rating; once you reach 400/all-star you can now gain or lose... it takes a very good winning percentage to get to World Series; then every month things reset, the top players get reset to "Wild Card" and things start again. There are also rewards associated with what tier you get into. After each match you see your revised ELO and the one of your opponent including what it was before and after. It's great when you score a big upset and damaging when you yourself are upset.
All of this is motivating - you want the best rewards, you want to see your name in the higher tier, and you just want to see your rating increase.
Meanwhile, over here it just seems to be the absence of all of that. As I got my deck running pretty well I could see winning streaks - I could also see my opponent quality go higher and higher; when I started playing it was common to run into decks that were just "double mach strike plus __" - now most every deck I face has a short-hand name on these boards... Buzzroc, Metagross, Zoroarak+___, Wailord, Night March, Rotom, Malamar + ____ and so on. Most carry an ace spec card, usually Computer Search. Tapu Lele GX is in nearly all. Some have little sleeves saying "regionals" etc. I won 8 games in a row last night but that's become less common. I played in a tournament and took second. I played in another tournament and won. I've gone out in the first round twice in other tournaments.
To the paragraph above though, it's kind of, so what? Is this essentially what the game is now? My rating is high enough that unless I tank it it's just know that I'm in some kind of upper-middle-class tier and that's basically the end-game? When I won 8 in a row last night was I briefly part of the lower affluent? There's no way to know. Meanwhile, yes, streaks get you through the 2000 points faster but it's achievable regardless especially in Expanded where games are quick.
Stated simply: are there ways I can find more motivation than just streaks and tournaments in TCG online once my opposition seems to have peaked out? The leaderboard on the web just seems to be a quantity contest. I wish that some of what MLB had was over here. But I'm new enough where maybe I just don't know where to look?