Go look at your game logs. Somewhere between the 8th-10th things changed online.
When I first got to 789 the gameplay in the 600's and below was not this bad. This is 18 all over again.
This game feels nothing like it did on release and it's not a good thing. Every game just feels so gross.
Unfortunately, the OP is correct. The game played so amazing (Online) when it was first released, but the patches have turned it into Line-Out City.
I’m hopeful that SDS can change it back, especially since 95% of the community was saying how great the online play was when it first released.
In its current state, it’s frustrating, to say the least.