There are people who claim that matchmaking looks at preferences. And that the only reason you get a low preference is due to how the match is setup currently (but that it will be fixed when new roles are picked in the next match of the same lobby).
What if I told you that it’s possible to be put in a lobby that is not yet going and then end up with your 5th preference? Because that is what just happened.
Take a look for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53IdIH8U5vA
Notice the preferences right before I join matchmaking. What do I end up with? My 5th preference.
This result can mean a couple of things:
- The match contained 5 people all with monster as 5th preference. Matchmaking should have made sure that there was at least one person willing to play monster in that match.
- At least some people were premade, and the rest had monster as 5th preference. Matchmaking should have mude sure that there was at least one person willing and allowed to play monster.
- Not everyone in the match had monster on 5th preference, but somehow it was more viable to put me as my 5th preference anyway. Again, matchmaking should have made sure that at least one person was willing to play monster.
Full premade is only possible if the last person was invited while matchmaking was finding a last person (as seen in the video). In which case I should have been kicked back to matchmaking (like it did once already).
Edit: Here is a video of the 6 matches I was put in this evening. These are in order. In the single match I did not get monster, I was put as monster in the match that followed up (so much for staying in a lobby to get your preferred role)
I don’t have proof of being put as the monster after that one match as medic, but 5 out of 6 matches as my 5th preference should be enough proof that something is wrong.