It is broken, an embarrassment, and a joke.
I am a 2000-2100 rated team player who enjoys queueing up for 2v2 and 3v3 random on quick search.
Problem 1: I had to play a 25-30 minute 3v3 QS game (900, 1100, 2050 elo vs 1450, 1450, 1450 elo), where I basically had to 1v3 the entire game, and when I finally win the game after 30 mins I am greeted with +0. Not even a single point for the win.
If the elos are more or less evenly matched why do I get no points for a win?
Problem 2: I queue up for a 2v2/3v3, and get placed in a 2v2. I immediately notice my brit teammate send all his vills to berries instead of hunt. Fantastic. We quickly lose the game because its clear my opponents are more competent and we get rolled at 10 mins when my brit ally has a grand total of five musketeers. I check the elo’s after the game, the system matched us (800 and 2100 elo) versus (1800 and 1800 elo). I proceed to get a -28 slapped to my face for this unwinnable game.
Why is a 800/2100 team considered favored versus a 1800/1800 team elo-wise? This is unwinnable for the former team yet elo losses are massive for the 2100 player.
The elo system is a joke and fundamentally flawed. As you can see, a 900/1100/2050 team playing versus a 1450/1450/1450 team nets +0 for the 2050 player despite that person essentially having to 1v3. The sum of the elo’s of the players for the first team is actually less than the sum of the second, yet the highest rated player gets no points at all. In addition, a 800/2100 team versus a 1800/1800 team causes the 2100 player to lose 28 points, despite again the sum of the elos for the first team being FAR LESS than the second team. Losing 28 points for a game means the player should have been heavily favored to win that game, but lost. I don’t see how a 800/2100 team vs 1800/1800 is heavily favored for the former if their teammate reaches age 2 at 8 minutes into the game, as is often seen in 800 elo players. It’s clear that the matchmaking algorithm only compares your INDIVIDUAL elo with the enemy TEAM, ignoring the fact that your teammate might as well be 800 elo and essentially nonexistent. It’s clear the team elo system needs to be overhauled.
Solution: Do research on how an actual, appropriate, fair ELO system works and replace the joke of a system we have now with the new and improved one.
Thank you for reading my post. Hope to see a fix sooner rather than later.
edited my post to focus more on the elo system itself rather than matchmaking since aoe3de might be a dying game and there aren’t many players.