As soon as I reached champion this season I almost only get paired with foreigners that are usually also champion. It's very frustrating as my shots all have a massive delay. In one instance I killed someone with a headshot, and he was able to get 3 more shots on me and kill me before my headshot registered and he died. I am almost certain that the ping isn't affecting a lot of these guys as it does some of us here on the West Coast. I am aware of ping and how it works connecting to different countries. I have a 60 download speed, 15 upload, and 17 ms latency and also test my connection regularly so I know the issue is the connection to other countries. I also put the search on focused in order to minimize this happening and it didn't work whatsoever. This became so frustrating that after 5 games straight of this my entire team ended up quitting halo extremely frustrated. Even the games we were winning were frustrating because shots literally had approximately a 300-400 ms lag to them.
I understand the game tries to match you up with evenly skilled players but at what cost? The entire fun of the game? In my last game it literally connected me to 4 foreigner champions that all had horrible ping and I was the only champ on my team so it's not like it was even that fair of a matchup to be worth connecting us to another country.
I'm curious if it is just a beginning of the season issue as there are not many people who have crawled up the ranks to match us evenly so the system completely sacrifices a good connection for similar skilled people. If that is the case in which it seems to be then I believe it should be fixed. IMO the most fun time to play is right after ranks reset and these match-ups are completely ruining that for not only myself but others included. I know us champs are in the minority compared to the rest of the Halo Community but I would rather get whooped on by a champ as a diamond rather than feel like I get scammed out of every single shot at any rank, period. Anyways, sorry about the long rant. Just jumped off halo and felt the need to add my 2 cents.
I am French and I understand you. When I play late in the evening, it often happens strange things in games. Shots that are no longer recorded, shots through the walls, shots in the back that do not kill, players who have at times too fast travel speeds, or I also die instantly, like I take 5 shots in 1 second. It does not matter if I search in balanced, the problem persists.
I have a broadband connection of 20 mega, 45 ms latency. but when I play in a custom game against French friends like me who have the fiber, even if I have a better precision, I must have 2 shots in advance otherwise they manage to reverse the duel, as if their firing rates were higher than mine as I press the firing button as fast as I can. Once a friend with fiber, I make a duel on The rig. At one point I put a blow on his back but remains standing and I die directly. him like me we take a catch of the action, and amazing I'm good in this back and I put a shot, but on his capture at the same time he too is behind my back and strikes me. If 343 will not patch the connections (the ping), I think this game will remain frustrating for people with a medium connection like me, or for people who are connected with countries too far away as you pointed out . Being a fan of halo since the first hour, I often rage at all these problems.