thanks. unfortunately all i've learned is that i vastly overvalued the ladder and implied skill of those who get high ratings. i've simply had an extremely hot run at the exact right time on the ladder games specifically. my auto games are not going nearly as well.
i guess people who stay at the top for a long time is another matter, but hitting it briefly is clearly mostly about luck.
3 days is fine, I play MD games so I don't have to always pay attention to WL. I'm pretty sure this game for the most part has a slightly older demographic and most people that play don't have the time to stalk on their games. Of course some people legitimately stall, but I disagree a ton with the thought that most cases of slow play are stalling.
It is Bayesian elo. So points you/win lose depend on your opponents rating and also on how much games you already have completed. On a special note, rating is way more precise, of your average opponents rating is close to your own.