I normally PvP in two extended sessions at the same time every day.
Before the 1.8 upgrade I was winning about 60% of the time in Sorna Marshes and over the prior week or two had slowly leveled up from 3200 to 3450. I broke into Jurassic Ruins on Monday, but lost two in a row to bump me back down to Marshes. The teams I played against during this timeframe were roughly the same level and composition as what I have on my team. I considered the matches to be fair.
This morning, instead of being faced with players my own level (16,18,18,18,19,20,20,21), I was facing teams that (on average) were boosted 22 through 24 dinos. One team had a boosted level 24 Thor unique. I only saw one level 21 in all that time and nothing smaller, although it was heavily boosted.
Over an hour and 15 minutes, I wound up playing 12 matches and lost eight of them. The teams I beat also had overpowered dinosaurs compared to my team, but they played very poorly (swapping when they didn’t need to, using normal strikes instead of larger damage or priority abilities, etc). I’m guessing that if there are AI players that quietly get added to the mix that these “bad players” could have been AI.
So, yes… I’m seeing a big impact and have already dropped 200 points in just one day.
Now, here’s my surprising reaction to this. I don’t mind.
It may be that I had artificially worked my way into an arena that I should not have been in or had accrued trophy points by playing lower level players. I have no way to know that, as I play who I am offered, and found those matches fair
If Ludia has reworked matchmaking, I expect I will eventually settle into a new arena and trophy score which matches my dinosaurs and abilities. I also expect all these higher level teams will rise above me and I’ll no longer have to fight them. The real test of whether the matchmaking system has been fixed will come after things settle out.
If I find myself competing against similar teams after a couple of days have gone by, then I’ll be perfectly happy to keep on fighting on. However, if I continue to be matched against teams that out-level me by 4 to 6 levels for the next several weeks as I sink down to arena 2 then I’d be prepared to state that matchmaking is not working as it ought to be.
I’ll give it time and see how it all falls out.