I have always been a non varium player and a rather squishy one in the past. When leveling up I did mostly 2vs2, AND I barely npc'ed... I had a multi build, but I remember i was quick to die when they focused on me.
When I reached level 28 I started to fight players with much better equipment, full varium etc. I kept going, and I then changed to a smoke massacre build, and I did fairly well. My % got a bit better, but not "awesome".
Today I DO have some varium items, such as Gun and Aux. Not because bought anything, but earned it. The weapons I designed for item suggestion shop gave me an extra boost and saved me some credits too. My ratings keep increasing, its incredible the difference it made.
I like to win, because its... worth it. But Losing isnt something unbearable for me. The win-lose record doesn't mean much to me. I will never compensate enough for the past, and I'm not even that competitive against full enhancement varium users. But I feel good.
I dont get mad or afraid to lose, I like having my mind clear of the %record. I can try and have my battles against tougher npcs without having any regret for a loss. I like chalenges, and I have fun while at it.
Im someone who usually goes over the scale and takes a game too serious in terms of playing perfectly, but I have learned from the past, its better to have fun and feel no regret from losing or ruinining the rating. As long as you are good RIGHT NOW.