As I said I searched for lobbies last couple of nights, or at hours where it used to be a lot of matches.
At this hour when it’s late in the Americas and morning in Europe has never been good times for lobby searching.
It’s variable even during supposed peak times. Some days are a bit busier than others but not by that much. I find for Horde its hard to fill a lobby unless you’re doing an easy map; or whatever the daily map is. If the lobby is for a less popular and more difficult map it can take ages.
I find there’s a bit of a domino effect too. People are less likely to join empty lobbies as they don’t want to wait. But once a lobby starts to fill to 3/5 players then the last couple of spots fill up quickly. The longest part of the wait is for the first two players to get the ball rolling.
The daily map/modifiers have killed it a bit for me since majority of lobbies will be the daily. And if it has modifiers that goes against whatever class I want to play that day then I just won’t play.
For example the long range modifiers that makes enemies harder to kill the closer they are, sucks when I want to play a melee focused class. And vice versa.
And I’m fairly sure most randoms don’t go to Atrium with the intention of setting up on the high ground. It certainly surprises me if I play it as the daily and everyone goes along with me dragging the fab there.
Yeah I struggle to find games that aren’t the bloody daily. I’m still surprised level 20 players would rather play a crap daily load out of mutators on a crap map than try anything else.
I tried tomb about 450 times today on a 50 or frenzy and people would bail the second the fab was put down and it wasn’t the top taps. I wish they had made the taps spawn from the nearest point when you put the fab down, so you can plan a strategy going in.
I know people hate on Atrium but on the few times I’ve found a team not hole up in the room it’s a fun map. I’m halfway though the last re-up. Right now I’m taking whatever I can get Blood drive, overload Atrium to get this game finished.
I hosted a game on Reclaimed (non-daily) the other evening and it took 30 minutes to fill the lobby. The game was roughly between 10pm and midnight GMT, so close enough to “peak time”. Seems like non-daily lobbies take around 30 minutes to fill nowadays as an average.