Destiny 2 PvP players were prepared that skill-based matchmaking was affecting their matches, but it turns out Bungie hasn’t turned it on yet. Oops.
The inception of Destiny 2 Season of Plunder was intended to bring with it the first skill-based matching app, a controversial topic as many players believe this turns matches into a “festive” where every player is as good quality as them. While this seems like a logical way to set up matchmaking — pairing up two players of the same skill — it’s a major sticking point in Destiny 2 PvP circles. Those who aren’t as skilled as top-tier Destiny 2 players have long complained about unfair matches, feeling as if skill-based matchmaking will prevent these players from trampling with impunity.
A self-proclaimed solo player on the “upper end of the skill gap” wrote on Twitter that matchmaking for new players was “finally ineffective and a net loss”. Another user on Twitter posted a picture of a match in which the majority of the players were from another country and wrote, “Ah yeah, SBMM has definitely started.” It did not happen.
Last This week at Bungie (Opens in a new tab) He stated that “skill-based matchmaking” would be applied to all Control playlists at the start of the season, and it wasn’t long before popular streamers and PvP players started complaining about it. However, it turns out that there wasn’t actually anything different going on behind the matchmaking scenes, because Bungie forgot to turn on skill-based matchmaking. I think kids call this “getting stuck in 4K”.
Clarification: Before we solved this problem, we determined that a loose SBMM implementation was not launched in Control yesterday. We were able to submit a fix with the new match settings detailed in the previous TWAB: https://t.co/MsSkOiUiHM https://t.co/3UKi2zowsaAugust 24, 2022
Skill matchmaking is official Currently Part of Destiny 2 Control matches, so expect there to be more grumbling about that. But at least for now, the grumbling will be rooted in the facts.
After years of dismissing the doubt that PvP matchmaking would change dramatically, Bungie announced that it would be adding skill-based matchmaking to Destiny 2 last month. The goal is to ensure that players “get matches regularly where they feel competitive and have a reasonable chance of winning/competing,” which I can appreciate as a casual Destiny player who gets trampled regularly in PvP matches. Bungie wrote: “We believe that 90% of matches should have kill teams less than 20 between the best and worst players, and 50% kill teams should be no more than 10.” TWAB Announcement for SBMM (Opens in a new tab). Hopefully the new matchmaking setting will benefit all players along the skill ladder, from the most sweaty to newbies like me.
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