I don't even think expanded widen's skill levels, I think it widens the range of players you match across the world, since when I play on balanced I tend to have a much more stable connection despite the longer search time, while expanded seems to lead into not a broken experience per say, but it's not as smooth as balanced for sure.
Yeah, I have this too. That's why I can't complain about being matched with tiers higher than my own. If I find it to be repeating, I look in another playlist.
First question would be if you're searching on Expanded or not. If so, there you go. If not, it probably means the population is low, at that time.I think the population is low. If I play whitout expanded I don't find nobody.
Ah, I see. This isn't what I've noticed, although it could just be a coincidence that whenever I search Expanded, I seem to get matched with higher tier players. It's possibly more likely that my stats are fluctuating between the matches, so I get matched with the different tiers. But even regardless of tiers, I seem to be matched with more worse players. Last match, I went 24/10 in Team Arena, but no one else on my team went positive, despite being the same tier.