In today's entry we're going to tell you how matchmaking (balancing) works in our game.
Matchmaking is based on the player's rating.
What is matchmaker rating?
It's very important to understand that it's not the same thing as skill rating!
Matchmaker rating is a certain numerical value. The following things affect matchmaker rating:
- Ship rank. Each rank has its own rating. This rating is the base matchmaker rating.
- Installed weapon modifications:
- Мк1: -2 points
- Мк2: 0 points
- Мк3: 0 points
- Мк4: +2 points
- Ship synergy.
- 1st level: -2 points
- Maximum: 0 points.
- Squad size:
- 1 pilot: 0 points
- 2 pilots: +1 point;
- 3 pilots: +3 points;
- 4 pilots: +5 points.
- Player “Skill rating”. Every 100 points of deviation from the base value (1100) give ±1 point, but not more than 4 points in total.
- Recent battle results.
- Victory increases matchmaker rating by +0,5 points
- Defeat reduces matchmaker rating by - 0,5 points
- Maximum combat result influence is capped at ±4 points
- Upon your first daily login into the game, last day's influence becomes twice as weakП
There are two ratings, full and brief:
- Full rating is calculated with the rules mentioned above and is used when dividing selected players into teams
- Brief rating is used when selecting players for battle
- Brief matchmaker calculation rules:
- if full rating is higher than the base one by more than two points, then brief rating equals full plus 2 points;
- if full rating is lower than the base one by more than 2 points, then brief rating equals base minus 2 points;
- if both conditions don't apply, brief rating equals the full one.
- Squad rating is calculated in a special way described below.
You may have noticed that so far we've been using singular forms when talking about ratings and ships.
This is all because of rating calculation depending on the game mode:
- Single pilot matchmaker rating in PvP is calculated using the most advanced ship of all the ships installed in the pilot's combat slots.
- Squad matchmaker rating in PvP is calculated using special rules described below.
- Single pilot matchmaker rating in PvE is calculated using the least advanced ship of all the ships installed in the pilot's combat slots.
- Squad matchmaker rating in PvE is calculated using an average of the least advanced ships installed in the squad members' combat slots.
Depending on your rating you get into one of the queues. Onepilot may be in several queues at a time. As a result, one team may have ships of various ranks.
Server picks player partues with close brief matchmaker ratings within the queue. When the group of players has been chosen, it is divided into two teams on the basis of full matchmaker rating.
Distribution of queues by rank and rating
The picture shows that:
- there is a total of 10 queues
- queues 1,3,5,7 and 9 are base queues: only the ships of the same rank are included in these queues
- queues 2,4,6 and 8 are intermediate: ships of two adjacent ranks are included in these queues
How is matchmaker rating calculated for squads?
Full matchmaker rating is calculated separately for each pilot in the squad.
Depending on squad size, maximum value of the brief matchmaker rating is calculated:
- 1-pilot squad is equal to a single player: rating growth limit stands at 2 points
- 2-pilot squad: rating growth limit stands at 3 points
- 3-pilot squad: rating growth limit stands at 5 points
- 4-pilot squad: rating growth limit stands at 7 points
Thus, there is no way to artificially lower a squad's rating by accepting weaker pilots on lower-ranked ships..
We've already mentioned that squads may receive up to +7 points to their matchmaker rating. What happens if a squad of high-tier ships goes into battle?
If the squad's matchmaker rating is higher than 50, such a squad is placed in a special 10th queue that can't contain single pilots of any rank.
If you think that there was a matchmaker mistake in your game/team, please report it here.