After playing a few dozen matches in Battle Mode, I think a few concerns need to be addressed with regard to the revised match-making mechanics. [Edit: These comments are for regular Battle Mode - I’m not sure if they pertain to ToM Events]
The revised match making formula does not work.
Due to the extreme variance between opponents, the results of most matches are evident before the end of the first round. Many battlers now end within 2 rounds.
None of my opponents in regular Battle Mode are comparable to my heroes in any way. Instead, they are either much weaker or much stronger.
Bring Back the Bots
It was a mistake to remove the bots. Reviving the bots may help alleviate some of these extreme mismatches. Removing human opponents would have been a better tact than removing the bots.
The revised system for awarding trophy points makes no sense. For example, I just lost a battle to a player with a higher trophy count and was deducted 48 trophies. I have also won against players with much higher trophy counts and only won 12. The opposite is also true. However, i have just lost 3 battles against higher ranked players and was deducted well over than 100 trophies. Prior to the update this would have been approx. 50. As there is no logic to the revised scoring system I assume something is amiss.
[Edit: I have been advised this unfair scoring system may have been intentional. This is very disappointing and makes the situation seem more worse. Based on the description I have been given, the developers should have been aware how broken this would be. ]
Consecutive Battles Against the Same Opponent
This problem has returned with Update 13 after being corrected in a previous update.
Many players Cannot Enter Battle Mode
The problem with this is self-explanatory.
A few steps could have been taken to avoid these concerns.
I do not know why Ludia chooses not to play-test changes and updates prior to public release. The addled Battle Mode match-ups would have been obvious during play-testing, and the multitude of the bugs noted in the over the past few days may have been avoided.
Player’s Recommendations Should be Considered
You may notice those who regularly defend the developers have been rendered silent by this update.
Many of these players, like myself are extremely confused and disappointed. This chaos could have been foreseen and should have been avoided. Perhaps it is time for the development team to consider the recommendations presented by the players, rather than making abstract changes that continue to compound exiting problems.
These are just a few concerns and thoughts which have surfaced with this update. The developers will have their hands full with all the bugs and issues that arisen, but it is important to correct the misguided match-ups ASAP.