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    Matchmaking is frustrating. Still.

    While that very well may be the case, I didn’t see anyone with these types of experience or skill in my first 25 matches or so. not a single one. until today, and now every single game I get into is people with full high end kits, and an arsenal of knowledge over me. I understand that if you keep playing you’ll get to that point, but it’s just not fun to be against the odds in every single match. All of my friends who have tried to get me into the game before have quit because you can’t just jump in and play casually. You either sneak around too scared to engage with anyone, or you die and lose your progress to people who see you, and know right off the bat that you’re not any good or at least new. It just doesn’t make sense to me how it’s supposed to be fun avoiding everything that makes a shooter fun. I wouldn’t have even brought anything up if I didn’t have so much fun playing the game at first, and actually wanted to support it. so I’m not really dogging on the game. all I see on these topics from devs is “well just keep playing and try to stay out of sight until you get better, it has a steep learning curve!” The issue is, that’s not fun. that’s not how people learn. it wasn’t a steep learning curve before today, so what gives?
  2. Let me start off by saying, this is a great game. It’s easy to get into, it’s got a fun progression system (although terribly grindy for a lot of people I’ve spoken to), and the combat and risk/reward is compelling. However, I just started playing yesterday and was having a great time playing with people my “level” or to be more specific, newer players like myself who didn’t have a ton of hours and titles that stated 1000s of kills. I was having to play strategically, sometimes aggressive, and sometimes I had to just high tail it out of a bad situation. I’ve only played solo so far though, and I’ve got about 30 kills now. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, until all of a sudden I’m constantly being thrown into games with people who have hundreds or thousands of kills, know the maps inside and out, and have plenty of tools at their disposal that the know exactly how to use. I’ve seen a ton of people complaining about this, and that if it is a “skill based” matchmaking system, how exactly is this formula calculated? How can 30 total kills over about 30 matches equate to the same level of skill as someone with 500+ matches and tons of time into the game? This isn’t just the odd couple of people that get thrown in, it’s literally 6 out of 8 people in a match that vastly out perform anyone on my skill level. I’ve spoken to a few and one of them told me that it’s been a big issue for a lot of people, and that he had well over 1,000 hours in the game. I’m not talking about the battle pass system of leveling, as anyone can get to a high level regardless of skill if they just play. I’m not new to shooters. I play Tarkov, Scum, Deadside, and many others. I consider myself a competent gamer, but I’ve never seen matchmaking this lazy before. It’s like as soon as you reach a threshold, it bumps you into a tier with the best people in the game, with no gradual build up to that point, and it’s demoralizing. I don’t feel like I want to play anymore, even though I really like the game. I know that this is a long rant, but I wanted to support the devs and buy some crowns because I was having a lot of fun, and this had changed my mind. So I thought it should be said. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated, and maybe a constructive conversation could help others facing this issue. Also if someone could let me know how exactly matching is determined that would satiate my curiosity.