tl;dr would the devs like to spill the beans on how the teams are assigned in team games? It feels random at best, cruel at worst.
I queued solo to play some TGs this weekend and screenshotted the names so I could check ELO later. I feel like matchmaking is picking the right players, but putting them on the wrong teams.
Game 1: 2k1, 2k, 2k, 1800 vs 1450, 1250, 1100, 900. Massacred by minute 19. Got to build 2 military units.
Game 2: 2k2, 2k2, 1450, 1250 vs 1250, 1050, 1000, 1000. We killed someone in dark age before we noticed the skill gap. +0 points. Frustrating day for our opponents. We would have gladly waited another 5 minutes for a better match instead of wasting our time.
Game 3: 2k2, 2k1, 1800, 1450 vs 1800, 1200, 1200, 1000. 25 minute game. Could have been AFK making dinner.
This is not a “oh it’s so unfair” post. Matchmaking this poor makes the game a bad experience for new and seasoned players alike. So I’m wondering if team assignment is random? Maybe teams of low ELO guys queue up together and can’t be matched well? If the latter, Maybe if the mean ELOs differ by more than 400 points, have players vote to shuffle teams before the match? Maybe if no good match can be found, wait another 5 mins and give us a message like "we found players but no fair matches, hang in there!"