This past May saw us test changes to the KV-5. Had they proven agreeable, they would have been applied to other preferential tanks. The results didn’t align with the intended outcome, however, and the majority of player feedback was negative. As the feedback and testing showed, the reason you take these tanks onto the battlefield or bring them into your Garage in the first place is their preferential status and unique characteristics. In response to your comments, we went back to the drawing board to work on another round of adjustments.
Here's a look at where the current setup is falling short and how the upcoming changes address those areas.
NOTE: The fixes described here are not final; this is a draft solution we'll be testing soon. We'll be watching very closely for any issues and take action to make additional changes if needed, while also keeping you in the loop on our progress.
As a side note, regular Tier VIII vehicles face a similar issue with matchmaking, amplified by the fact they also compete with Tier X tanks. Matchmaker rules revision is designed to better the experience for them, too.
We'll kick-off the preferential tank revision by tweaking combat parameters. We originally set these parameters so tanks can play comfortably and competitively in Tier VIII-IX battles, where they are weaker than other machines in combat given their stats. With this in mind, at Tier X, these tanks would be ineffective, which is why they have preferential matchmaking. We will definitely look at their stats to ensure their effectiveness is comparable with the performance of Tier VIIIs and remain competitive in those battles.
There is no blanket solution to this problem, so we’ll address it on a tank-by-tank basis, starting with Tier VIII vehicles. Combat parameters will be improved to better suit the Tier spread, while also keeping their gameplay-defining characteristics intact.
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In its current state, matchmaker often fails to ensure proper rotation among the top/middle/bottom of the list. Getting matched at the same position for several battles in a row slows progression and degrades the overall experience for all vehicles. Unfortunately, simply tweaking the current algorithm won’t fix it.
We tried to artificially lower the probability of getting preferential Premiums in +1 Tier and same-tier battles. This created more problems, however, by increasing the number of single-tier battles and waiting times for not only Tier VIII and IX but tanks tiered VI-X.
So we’re looking into redesigning the underlying matchmaker rules to improve 3/5/7, 10/5, and 15 template distribution. This will aim to prevent cases of spending 80 percent of in-game time in 3/5/7 battles at the bottom of the list.
As you can understand, to find the optimal solution will take some time (about half a year) and we ask for your patience. We have already laid down a plan and work on the matchmaker is underway. We will give more information when we have it in a separate article.
We’ll be watching the Supertest data very closely to ensure vehicle rebalances are working as planned and are generally resonating well with players — be it this particular solution or something else. Hit the forum to share your thoughts on the suggested changes and stay tuned for a closer look at what’s in store for the matchmaker.
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