Game is broken and is dumb luck? The lowest place I've gotten was 2nd. And I got first ~5 games in a row. You just got to get the hang of it and have to really watch how many people are on you and your target.
I never play aggressively (IE running around and quickly killing) and I am doing pretty well.
Also counterattack works only in certain scenarios, like if you are blended with a bunch of look alikes and it's obvious your attacker is trying to figure out which is which and walks next to you - punch him out and earn some extra points + ruin his contract.
Game is awesome. Send me an invite and we can try it out together.