i don't think the game have enough population for that + there still are some somewhat low gear groups on lfg, if they would be always matched with "geared" premades it would just be decouraging to organize groups
Could you elaborate how population would affect this solution? Do you think this would stop people from queuing group or soloq for Dredgion/Thiarkh?
In simplified way, atm we have one pool of groups that are applying to dredgion - it include premade groups and groups automatically formed with single players applications.
With your suggestion, that would be split into 2 separated pools: one with already premade groups and one for single applies. That would make waiting time to go in longer.
Also, it doesn't quite tackle the topic of not full groups. If i apply as 3 ppl should i be matched with premade groups or solo applies? Also if I apply with 5 ppl?
- If such group got matched with solo applies it also wouldnt be quite fair going by your logic
- If they get matched vs premade, then how a single player is added to them if they can only be matched with solo players only?
I do not have any data regarding the number of players queuing in different ways. However, queue times would not be affected unless a disproportionately large number of people per faction were queuing for one mode over another. Generally speaking, this scenario seems unlikely, even without specific statistics. It would likely have no noticeable effect, but I could be mistaken.
If anything, these queues would be influenced by faction populations. Still, there's no reason to assume that queue times would slow down due to an anomaly where people disproportionately queue for different party types within each faction. Since you only need 6 people for a party, this isn't a significant issue. However, if parties were larger, say 24 people, this could potentially pose a more noticeable problem.
Regarding wanting to queue up with 5 people, this is self-explanatory.
If you choose to group queue, the quick apply feature will still be available. This feature fills all empty slots in any type of party (as it does now). Alternatively, you can find the last member from the LFG feature.