Opponent Matching Algorithm
What good is a matching algorithm if you can't test your decks against random opponents?
I began tracking matches last Sunday. I played a mono blue deck, and kept a record of the deck types I played against. I played 50 consecutive matches, and saw 29 deck types, mostly fast creature decks.
The following day I played an Orzhov control deck. My first 3 games saw all control decks, none of which made the list of 29 on Sunday. Statistically, that's a 0% probability.
Question: How does Wizards propose we test decks, if the matching algorithm is so controlling that we literally won't see opponents of a certain deck type (unless of course, we switch decks, defeating the purpose) which we could face in a real-life tournament?
Is it really necessary that every opponent I get paired against in premier draft has seemingly come from a pod where they were able to walk away with an absolutely obscene deck? I like competitive play as much as the next guy, but in 12 hours of gameplay it isn't normal to consistently face opponents with 3-4 duplicate cards (of the best cards in limited, not some junk) or regular streaks of 4+ opponents (in a row) with the exact same insane mythic... I'm not normally one for complaining (and I have been playing paper magic competitively for many years now), but there is something seriously wrong with your premier draft pairing algorithm... (I only say this because obviously unlike constructed where you bring what you want to the table, in limited I do not expect to see what I've been seeing consistently... ) I don't know how long the log keeps track of, but as of 3/7/2022, if you look back over the last 12 hours of my gameplay you will see what I mean...
Great Bear#30124 commented
This is gross. It also seems illegal since if one can win crystals (ie have monetary value), by not disclosing that the algorithms are not random, people are misled about their chances of winning.
The real question is why are you wasting your time with a game repeatedly that cheats you. Arena is developed to take a **** on you the second to start winning to much. As you already noticed. And yes you will only see certain types of deck depending on what your playing. Its not a fair system. Hasbro is the worst thing to EVER happen to MTG and MTGA. You want things to change stop being a ***** AND TAKE A STAND STOP PLAYING. If the player base dies maybe they will wake up. That's is the only real power you have as a consumer. Take you business else where.
This issue is the number one reason I get fed up with arena. I want to try a deck out against more then one type of deck. I have reported this problem before and Wizards does not care to fix it. I will probably be leaving arena soon because of it.
The algorithm used to choose random opponents is in dire need to a fix. In the month of October, it seems that I won only 8% of my games (to include a 18-game losing streak in ranked play). I have no doubts that you can look at my match history over the past month. I would like someone to take a honest look at what's going on and give an honest answer as to why the win rate is so low. I know I'm not alone here.
Ominous Rex#52647 commented
And still, wizard's does not respond or heed customer feedback. Matching algorithm still a terrible way to test decks as they put you up against a predetermined archetype based on your deck. Very upsetting.
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