Known as “Wacky Match” by some, Quick Match has always been a mode of play where almost anything goes. This is the natural by-product of creating a team from five random people who are playing whichever Heroes strike their fancy. Blizzard has traditionally embraced this style of play and avoided making hard and fast matchmaking rules for QM as a result. However, they do understand that not every combination of five Heroes is viable and over time they have added more and more matchmaking parameters to improve the overall QM experiences.
Community Manager Ravinix took to the forums recently to detail a new set of guidelines that have been implemented into matchmaking for QM.
If you’ve been playing Quick Match in the past week, you may have noticed some differences in your recent team compositions. We’ve implemented some changes to the matchmaker to further define some of the role-flexing Heroes to make more consistent and balanced matches. Check out the details below:
- We’re limiting the number of stealth characters you can have on a team to 1. This includes Nova, Samuro, Valeera, and Zeratul.
- When creating Quick Match games, Warriors are now categorized as either Bruisers or Tanks. All existing Warrior Heroes will be considered Tanks, with the exceptions of Sonya and Zarya. Varian will also be considered a Bruiser, even though he is not part of the Warrior class.
- We’re splitting out Tassadar and Tyrande from the rest of the “Healer” support pool. They’re going into a category with Medivh, Zarya, and Abathur as heroes that provide “sustain” to a team, without being a typical solo-support. These roles will be mirrored in games where they are the only “sustain” Heroes, but can also be placed onto teams with healers.
Note: Please keep in mind that you may still rarely encounter games that do not fit these new rules if queue times are exceptionally long.
Once you’ve had a chance to play some Quick Match games under these new rules, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!
These changes tie in nicely with the recently expanded Hero definitions that were added with the Probius patch and should lead to a more enjoyable QM experience.
Keep in mind that these changes will not affect groups. If three people choose to queue up as Nova, Zeratul, and Valeera there is nothing the matchmaker can do to prevent the team they end up on from having three stealth Heroes. Despite what many people think, the matchmaker is not to blame when people in a premade group pick a poor combination of Heroes.
If you would like to join in on the discussion you can find the official thread here.