Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said on the the Battle.net forum that the game’s ‘Avoid ThisP’ matchmaking feature will be disabled soon. He wrote a very long post detailing the complexities in matchmaking and also mentioned that their team is continuously trying to improve the system.
The ‘Avoid This Player’ feature will be removed because a lot of players have been complaining against it. The feature prevented the players from fighting against the players they didn’t want to compete with.
Kaplan, while discussing about the fact that the feature isn’t working as it should have mentioned, said, “One of the best Widowmaker players in the world complained to us about long queue times.”
He added, “We looked into it and found that hundreds of other players had avoided him (he’s a nice guy — they avoided him because they did not want to play against him, not because of misbehavior).”
This resulted in the player needing to wait for very long amount of time to find a match, along with having to face players who are very low in skill level compared to him. To counter this problem, the upcoming patch will remove the ‘Avoid This Player’ feature from the game.
“I want to put it out there that there is a lot of room for improvement but also suggest that there are forces in play that cause some fair matches to sway lopsided due to forces out of our control,” Kaplan wrote. “The game is as much (if not more) art than it is science. We’ll keep working to make it better!”
You can read Jeff Kaplan’s full post here.