Multicolorhipster.9751 Posted August 26, 2019 Share Posted August 26, 2019 Should the queues be split? This may require a little bit of information to preface the decision. More often than not, people see DuoQ or SoloQ and immediately go at eachother in extended debate on why DuoQ should be removed, or why the game should never be SoloQ-only ever again. Both sides always have some pretty valid points. Unchecked Merged Queues(Like DuoQ is) come with a plethora of easily-exploitable fundamentals that border on match manipulation. SoloQ is completely RNG where your team could be essentially any skill level at all, and where it takes the decision of one person to throw away the efforts of an entire match and their 4 teammates.People usually seem to favor one or the other, owing to either liking the more even matchmaking in SoloQ, or the ability to play ranked with friends with DuoQ, among many other reasons.Unfortunately, the queues are merged together so only one-side is actively catered to. I think this has done a lot to drive a wedge between the community, because no matter how you prefer to play; you're forced to be mixed with people queuing the opposite way, which a lot of people see as a straight advantage when it comes to higher rated players. However, removing the option to play with friends doesn't really solve anything, and just further contributes to catering to a single side. This is why I believe the queues should be split.What does splitting the queues mean?Splitting the queues means that SoloQ players queue separately to players queuing in teams. Everyone retains the ability to queue for ranked with or without friends, with or without that signature SoloQ RNG, but they would only be able to be matched against other similarly-structured teams. That means that a DuoQ could no longer be matched against SoloQ players. No matter how you choose to queue, you're guaranteed the same level of coordination. It gives players a choice, whereas the merged DuoQ we have now has taken that choice away. Another benefit to splitting the queues is removing a lot of the metagaming and manipulation of the gamemode that's possible with merged queues. If you want a summary on some of the ways this is possible, I listed a few ways in another post of mine here:https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/84034/why-duoq-should-be-removed-for-season-18-and-never-come-back/p1Alternatively, Woodenpotatoes made a video that goes over some of these issues and more over at his second channel. The full video can be viewed and discussed here: https://en-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/85316/wp-has-some-wordsI have gone over it time and time again in my head, and honestly; I can't think of a single negative to splitting the queues so if you think of any, do share in your answer. I'll reiterate again, that splitting the queues does not mean removing/restricting DuoQ or SoloQ. It means splitting those queues apart to prevent them from ever being matched together.What would have change about ranked?Obviously 2 + 2v2 + 2 wouldn't work. Conquest is a 5v5 gamemode. I don't necessarily think that it has to be that way though. 6v6, or 4v4 would work fine for this... OR! Get this; you don't actually have to play Ranked with just 1 other friend. I don't know why we've resigned ourselves to playing with 1 other person. TeamQ was a thing once, regarded as one of the best ways to enjoy Ranked with friends. Splitting the queues also gives MORE options to what Arenanet wants to do with teams. A new map's just been added 2v2. Imagine if Team Ranked cycled through various gamemodes other than Conquest, like 2v2 Deathmatch.For example, another game that did something like this was Overwatch. Classic Ranked always existed, but Deathmatch, CTF, FFA, and Elimination were all given their own Ranked mode on rotation.The Leaderboards would have to be split for this, but that might be healthy. Currently the Leaderboards only reward individual performance in a team-based game. If you have an entire Ranked queue dedicated to Teams, you can have Team or Guild Leaderboards.Overall, I think Split Queues would help to reinvigorate the competitive aspect of Ranked sPvP. Do you think so too? Why? Why Not? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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