As many of you may know, there seem to be a lot of dissatisfaction with regards to the map pool and the current state of the 1v1 match making system concerning the maps.
From the people who just dislike the maps in the pool, to the people who would like to have an 1v1 Arabia only queue, and those who’d just prefer to have more map bans to better fit on the maps available, it seems quite obvious to me that something needs to change.
In the current system, there is a map pool of 9 maps, and you are allowed only 4 bans. This means you have to choose at least 5 different maps to play on. That is way too many to be enjoyable for most people. Especially when the map pool contains a lot of maps that many people actually dislike.
People log on this game to have a good time playing some rated games using the matchmaking system. How is it possible to have a good time when, 50% of the time or more, you are matched on a map you really dislike?
There are several ways in which we can address this issue.
The first and most obvious one, would be to increase the number of bans you can have. In my opinion, we shouldn’t have to choose more than 3 compulsory maps to play on. So, 9 maps in the pool, and 6 bans. To keep the same algorithm where the system first finds 2 players, then chooses a common map, you can have a pool of 5 maps, and 2 bans.
Three compulsory maps seems to be a well balanced solution, but you can as well go as far as making it 2 or 1 compulsory maps. That’s 9 maps / 7 bans for the former, and 9 maps / 8 bans for the latter. In that last one, the players choose exactly the maps they want to play on.
Another way is to create a separate 1v1 Rated queue for the most popular map of all, Arabia. Many people have been requesting this already, and it seems like a fair idea in my opinion. If this idea is implemented, you would have one 1v1 Rated queue for Arabia only, and one 1v1 rated queue for the complete 9 maps pool. (Note : the 1st idea above about changing the number of bans, could still apply to that 2nd queue.)
With that in mind, it could be interesting if we could have a poll inside the game, in which the current active rated game players choose the number of bans they would prefer. The poll could be placed on the Multiplayer section in the game, where players can answer it before they launch their first game of the day.
And the Poll could be, for example, like this one :
How many map bans would you prefer to have for 1v1 Rated games :
Current system is fine. Pool of 9 maps. 4 Bans. At least 5 compulsory maps to play.
Pool of 9 maps. 6 or 7 Bans. At least 2 or 3 compulsory maps to play.
Pool of 9 maps. 8 Bans. At least 1 compulsory map to play. You choose exactly which maps you want to play on.
We could also have a Poll for the 1v1 Arabia only queue idea, to evaluate exactly how many active players would be interested by it.
Would you be interested in a separate 1v1 Arabia only queue, in addition to the current 9 map pool queue?