Long thread, grab popcorn, grab drink, get fat, laugh at how terrible this thread is.
I wanted to do a bit of an experiment on the matchmaking in Gears 5 and how it pairs players.
Because my experience with being paired with random players as a solo player is always just painful.
I’m sure the game doesn’t just take your rank into consideration, so Silver, Gold, Onyx etc, and attempts to calculate an even match based purely on that.
But other statistics as well to make sure good players are matched with bad/below average players to even the matchmaking out and attempt to create a balanced match, basically like the old system did.
Which is why searching as a good solo player will almost always land you with the below average teammates.
And i think a lot of good solo players can relate to that and back that statement up.
So i made a “smurf” account, i’ve never done this before. I think it’s pretty sad when people create new accounts just to stomp on new players ruining their experience. So i’m only doing this for the purposes of this experiment.
I’ve played 27 matches of KOTH, I’ve won 9 and lost 18. Yeah i know right a lot of loses.
I come top of my team in all 27 matches win or lose, so you know who to look at in the screenshots.
I also made sure to play between 7pm and 11pm UK time in the weekdays so more or less at peak times.
I have had no idle players who weren’t playing so that doesn’t factor into any of the loses.
Crossplay is also on to help improve wait times to see if that makes a difference.
The first 4 matches were as i expected, a complete breeze. Won with no problems as obviously i was against genuine Bronze/Silver players. I found all 4 of these matches extremely quickly, well within 30 seconds.
The 5th match is where things suspiciously start to become uneven and wait times for finding matches become longer and longer. Instead of taking less than 30 seconds to find a match it now took almost 3 minutes.
The match is very unbalanced against me this time unlike the first 4 matches but that was expected for those.
I find myself with 3 teammates who seemingly don’t have a clue against players who can setup, Lancer and rotate to the next hill regardless of the fact that this is technically a Bronze level match.
I’ve hidden player names as this thread isn’t to expose how bad players are or anything and i don’t want my “smurf” account shown either. My friend created the name as a joke and some snowflake might get triggered.
We lost 2-1. Here’s the thing, i don’t think this game identifies me as a Bronze ranked player at this point.
Despite that being my rank or the fact that it’s a brand new account.
121 eliminations in a Bronze ranked match, basically doubling anybody else in the match, is not enough to win.
This basically happens in every match going forward.
In fact every game that i won excluding the first 4 matches looks something like this.
So the very next game which is a Bronze/Silver ranked game, but i have to play like a Master player to win.
That wasn’t because the other players were at that level but because the players on my team were just that bad that every time i got in a fight it was more or less just me against 4 of them making it difficult.
Every game i won, i had to really try, if i played like a genuine Silver/Gold player it’s an instant lose.
Out of 27 matches, i only easily won the first 4. I had to really sweat to win the other 5, totalling 9 matches won.
I lost 18 matches pretty much decisively 2-0 because every game i had the worst players on my team.
For whatever reason, after the first 4 matches i had been paired with the 3 worst players in the lobby to be teammates every single match going forward. Don’t get me wrong i understand their low ranked players but the point is so are the other team, but the other team weren’t complete bots like mine.
They knew how to rotate to the next hill and cross for their team, some of them were even wall bouncing.
But whenever i died and spectated someone on my team it was like they could only operate one analog stick at a time, genuine Bronze/Silver players.
That can’t just be down to me being really unlucky with the matchmaking when it happens almost every game.
Here’s some other screenshots i’ll pick at random at varying ranks and throw in, just to prove i’m not pulling this all out of my backside. I wont show them all because i don’t want to make this into a huge scrolling thread.
Just as reference, i’m on the losing team and at the top in all these screenshots.
In every game i lose, i’m doubling if not tripling my teammates eliminations. If i was a genuine low ranked player it would be pointless even starting the match. Also remember it’s eliminations, not kills. If it were kills the difference would be even greater because my teammates wouldn’t get any credit for putting a single Lancer bullet into them while missing all the other bullets across the map accomplishing nothing.
It cannot just be bad luck due to how consistently i’m given the worst players in the match. The game must know that it’s not a genuine low ranked player playing even though it’s a brand new account.
I suspect things like leaderboard statistics might play a role in this?. I checked the statistics on this account after the 5th match and randomly after other matches and out of the 6 stats it shows 4 of them are ranked top 1%.
Maybe this plays a factor and the game uses these amongst other hidden statistics only TC can know to attempt to create even matches by pairing you with players with worse stats. Would make sense why the first 4 matches i didn’t get shafted with the bad players and it seemed genuinely random.
Also for people who say at higher ranks it gets better and the teams become more even, it really doesn’t.
I’ve played 90% of my games at the higher ranks solo since the new Ranking system was introduced.
Which is exactly why i created a new account to see if at the lower ranks it would be any different or the same deal after the season was in full swing so the better players had already got to the higher ranks.
But then that is also a result of the fact that you can get to Onyx by simply playing a lot regardless of how good you are and that the system allows you to find +2/-2 meaning these bad players can match up against genuine Master players. I’m sure TC said they’d put it back to +1/-1 after people had settled into their true ranks, guess there aren’t enough players to accomplish that, but that’s going off track of the thread.
But whatever the case may be, if this is or is not the case it really does seem like the game goes out of it’s way to pair good players with average/bad players to create even matches even with the new ranking system.
So yeah, hopefully you enjoyed wasting your time reading this thread as much as i did writing it.
Can’t do anything else being locked inside because of a ■■■■■■■ pandemic.
Here’s a picture of a cat to improve your mood, unless you don’t like cats then i guess it just sucks to be you.