Does this mean I'll be able to actually get matches now when running with our Champ group? It was literally impossible to find ANY matches in Team Arena and Breakout last season. We actually had to resort to using a couple Smurph accounts at times just because we'd literally keep erroring out that there's no possible matches....ZaedynFel wrote:Ranked Expansion The new expansion rules we tried on SWAT and FFA have been successful overall. The players who were no longer able to even play those formats are now getting matches guaranteed in under 5 minutes.
This also has the side benefit of making it easier for legitimate teams to catch up with Smurf teams because they can get into matches without needing Smurfs on their teams. The gap is closing a bit there.
We added these same rules to Doubles as well during the past week because that was another area higher-skilled players were struggling to be able to play the game at all.
With the new season, we will be incorporating those tunings into all Ranked playlists. This will make it so we never have periods where it is hard to find a match for players on the bottom or top. The search in all playlists will expand from a tiny gap up to the maximum allowed gap (half the distribution) over 2.5 minutes.
The risk we are taking here is that this will allow top players into matches with Plats in rare occasions. While this is true, the adaptive nature of the new rules will make sure this only happens if the only available population are those Plat players. The rules still try really hard for very tight matches at first, and will only allow those uneven ones as a last ditch effort to make a match in under 5 minutes.
Playlists that have healthy populations will probably not notice any changes, especially if they search Focused.
We are also seeing if we can increase that 5-minute wait time if this results in too many uneven matches.
Also, we noticed we had a few rules in all our playlists that were causing the matchmaker to ignore tighter matches for edge-case reasons that we didn’t need anymore. We removed those extra rules, and this should result in even tighter than previous matches under some scenarios.
Which brings me to another point. I really feel the minimum a player should jump up CSR-wise should increase to either 3 or 5 points. I waited for 40 minutes to play 2 matches, which we won, and I only went up 1 point for each win. Biggest time killer I've ever seen....