Its bad, and im fed up. Im writing this in a way that shouldnt conflict with CoC, but man am i frustrated. It seems as if with whatever matchmaking algorithm bungie uses for SBMM playlists, we get all of the negatives and none of the positives. I get long queue times, lag infested lobbies with players 5000+ miles away from me, i match the same few players pretty regularly which kills diversity and fun, all for the sake of maintaining a "fair" lobby. But then i get this: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-LT7q7F72Og8QmHrhAfdOt9-Ewc7FkGo?usp=sharing 3 man team against 3 randoms 3 man team is from Korea (5,500 miles away from me) 3 man team is at my skill level, all ranked in the top 300 or so in the playlist my teamates? Solid players, but no where near the skill level of the rest of the lobby. What matchmaking algorithm, will put top 300 players with average to slightly above average players, HALFWAY ACROSS THE GLOBE. Connection quality: obviously terrible thanks to the 5500 mile distance between players Fairness: obviously not even a factor Queue time: VERY long So whats the point? What is the benefit? Because this happens to me ALOT and happens to other friends of mine who are highly ranked ALOT i think i know what is happening. Matchmaking starts by trying to find a "fair match" and expands the latency criteria until it finds a few players of equal skill. THEN it fills in the gaps with whatever players it can find. So in cases like this, it decides that it should have top 300ish players against top 300 players. (me vs 3 stack) and then it decides to fill the two empty slots with the randoms that arent in the same skill bracket. RESULT: not a fun or fair experience in any way shape or form. SUGGESTION: Allow players to choose the matchmaking criteria they want prioritized... Connection, skill or both. And have queue times be the variable. Check none of the boxes you get a near instant match with potential for lag and skill imbalance Check one box you get what you want with a slightly slower queue check all boxes you get what you want with a much slower queue. Please bungie do something about this, because its NOT WORKING or fulfilling ANY of its goals.
Yes if we're gonna have SBMM in the casual modes atleast make it a wider range so that it's common to play on sub 80 ping instead of sub 800. Also just remove SBMM in survival and add GBMM instead...Reaching legend glory should be an achievement and a worse player should have a more difficult time hitting legend than someone who's really good but they won't cause SBMM doesn't give a shit about your glory.