Call of Duty Pros Take a Dig At Cold War SBMM

Published 09/19/2020, 2:34 PM EDT


The Call of Duty community has complained about skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) since Modern Warfare released. The controversial matchmaking system will return in Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. As expected, the debate around SBMM has flared up again after the alpha build of the multiplayer went live yesterday.

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Many believe the SBMM system is flawed to its core. To understand the problem, consider this scenario. Suppose a ‘level 5’ player is matched with another of the same level. It is likely both will have different motivates and factors driving them. The first player might be naturally talented while the other is a sweat. Both can drop 20 plus kills in a game, but both don’t necessarily possess the same ‘skill’ as the matchmaking suggests.

Thus, SBMM could ruin the casual gaming experience for the first player. Not everyone wants to sweat in every game, especially not in public matches.

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CoD has SBMM even for the pub matches, which is the reason most pros and content creators complain about it. They usually depend on public matches to make content for their YouTube or Twitch channels, and SBMM makes it a nightmare for them.

Chicago Huntsmen player tweeted his opinion on Cold War SBMM.

Esports insider and consultant, Rod Breslau thinks developers have got the public opinion wrong when it comes to SBMM.

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Tom Henderson, a popular leaker and insider, expressed his frustration with the inclusion of SBMM in Cold War too.

Minnesota Rokkr pro, Dillon ‘Attach’ Price, stressed on the need of a ranked playlist to do away with SBMM. Jordan Kaplan suggested something similar.

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A ranked playlist focuses on matching players with the same rank, unlike SBMM. Ranked matching reduces the chances of casual players meeting sweats, one match after another.

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CoD Cold War is still in its alpha build and therefore many are hopeful that we might see some major changes in this regard by the time it launches. However, that is unlikely to happen.

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Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.

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