Okay, yeah, there are definitely derankers infesting bronze. I got hammered by a guy who was AMAZING with Protoss my first game tonight, then went on to win 3 in a row. I was playing random, and I won with Zerg, then Protoss, then Terran back to back. That was gratifying.
My third win, which I just played, I was against the #4 ranked guy in the entire Bronze league. He was so bad I literally toyed with him to get achievements. There is no way in hell these significantly lower ranked but outright amazing players are worse than him. I need to get up to silver so I can get away from the smurfers.
The best game I have played so far was my second win though. Protoss vs Protoss, and my first ever Protoss win. EXTREMELY close. He almost pulled off a cannon rush, but I caught him and he lost his probe and pylon. After a Zerg game my first night where I had overwhelming force but I barely made a dent because the Protoss Colossi just vaporized my entire army in like 3 seconds, I decided, hmm... I should build a handful of Zealots to be my shock troopers, then a bunch of Stalkers, and then back them up with Colossi behind the lines.
My first attack failed, he built WAY more stuff WAY faster than I did, and killed everything but the Colossi... but my inferior force held them at bay long enough for the Colossi to carve a giant swath in his units. Retreated to lick my wounds, he attacked this time... again, he had overwhelming force, but I put the Colossi on a ledge while sacrificial forces held off his army, and they vaporized everything.
I made a second attack, lost badly this time, including two of the Colossi.
Then, lucky break. He needed to expand beyond his his first two bases, and sent all his probes from his base to an off-the-beaten path base. I happened to see them on the edge of my radar because of the Colossi I had holding the Xel'Naga tower. Shadowed his probes, then as soon as they reached their destination, vaporized them all in about a half second. He sent about 10 Zealots at my base to take out my workers... my army was in the field so I had little to stop him. Let him in, had him chase my probes while I sent my army back, then used the probes to pull him to the SE corner of my base where the Colossi had walked up the wall. ZWEEOOOEEEEOEOEWOEWEOO. Zealot for dinner, well done. 100% casualties for him, 0% for me. By this time I had my destroyed expansion back up and was producing troops again. He thought because all I had were the Colossi in the base, that that was my army... stalkers charged my apparently defenseless expansion, to meet freshly created zealots and stalkers, backed up by... a group of Colossi now FIVE strong. Vaporized everybody, then made another push at his base. Met a pile of stalkers and zealots, used my tiny handful of stalkers to anchor them in one spot, then Colossused the whole group away. Lost everything but three Colossi, one of them badly damaged, but he had nothing left to fight with, and ragequit.
Then I sat happily for about 3 minutes cleaning up his enormous base with the Colossi.
The Protoss Colossus is just godly... it's like a Siege Tank that doesn't need to deploy. If I have time to tech up to those things when I play Protoss, I'm gonna do that from now on! The Zealot/Stalker/Colossus army was about as effective in the field as my Terran Marine/Marauder/Siege Tank armies.
Snake, gotta say, that game completely validated your description of what makes SC2's competitive enjoyable. Even if I'd lost that one it would've been worth it.
EDIT: Watched the replay just to see everything from the opponent's POV... I am actually shocked I won now. His macro just destroyed mine on every level. What I took away from it was I won only because I blocked him from expanding beyond two bases (and cost him a full base worth of probes in the process), and because I built Colossi. He was way outplaying me (I don't believe he was a legit bronze player), but there wasn't much he could do when every time our armies clashed, huge swaths of his would get vaporized even when he had me well outnumbered. He built robotics and I think he was going to attempt to match me Colossus for Colossus at one point, but all those minerals he dumped into stalkers just cost him too much and building even one at that point would have cost him the game as there wouldn't be enough of anything else on the field to hold me back, so he never followed up on it. Looking at the minerals used, near the end of the game I had a sizeable surplus and he was running on empty constantly. That many units getting toasted at once in our opening battles really took its toll on the rest of his game.
From now on, if I play Protoss and the opportunity presents itself, I build Colossi.