There were several discussions about matchmaking during the past cross-region war.
Being the player from Shelby (RU) region, I’d like to share some thoughts about matchmaking, which are relevant for the large regions.
Here are the region results for the two past CRWs:
As you may see, Shelby is not just beating competitive regions. We are making twice more points and matches than second and third regions in the leaderboard.
This is good from the region rank perspective. Unfortunately, this occasion seriously affects the matchmaking for the Shelby factions.
Many of Shelby factions report that searching times varies from 10 to 30 minutes. At the same time, the factions from other regions were telling that their typical searching time is just 2-3 minutes.
This difference seriously affects on the number of matches factions are able to play within the CRW time: any Shelby faction plays 30-40% matches less than similar factions from competitive regions.
As a result, the Shelby factions may be stronger than those of the higher rankings but searching time just don’t allow to be on the better places in the leaderboard.
I don’t know the exact matchmaking algorithms but I suppose they’re seriously affected by the size of the regions. It seems that Shelby factions are waiting for an opponent in a queue while it is much easier for the competitive factions to find an opponent from Shelby because Shelby is several times bigger region.
As I understood from the other topic, there is the similar issue within the Japanese region Columbia: they are always winning as a region, though they are struggling in matchmaking time.
Scopely team, is there a possibility to combine two or three large regions within one CRW of 8 regions? Or is there any other solution to have a similar matchmaking conditions for all the factions during the CRW?
Please make notes everybody who did have a similar issue during the past 2-3 CRWs. This is in our interests to highlight this problem.
Thank you in advance for your participation.