The topic of skill-based matchmaking has been a prominent theme in the Call of Duty community since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019. With the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players were quick to realize that it still exists. If you are an above-average player, skill-based matchmaking can make your matches feel frustrating. Usually, you encounter players using the most powerful weapons and trying extremely hard. Recently, a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War YouTuber posted an entertaining clip showing the lower side of skill-based matchmaking.
The Call of Duty YouTuber XclusiveAce took matters into his own hands and conducted a series of tests. To do this, he created a second account and made sure it had below average stats. Therefore, this allowed him to see if he would get matched with players of a similar skill level. As you can see from the Twitter clip, the experiment was a success. XclusiveAce gets close to the enemy team and shoots his weapon without a single enemy player recognizing his presence.
Described as a protected bracket, skill-based matchmaking ensures these players do not get dominated by players with higher skill. Usually, players are extremely critical of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War skill-based matchmaking system. However, the bracket for lower players ensures they get a more enjoyable experience in multiplayer.
How far does Black Ops Cold War skill-based matchmaking go?
With the level of skill-based matchmaking demonstrated in the lower bracket, it will be interesting to see how strict it is in the higher brackets. Perhaps, we will learn more as XclusiveAce continues to gather more evidence. It is important to note that Activision has yet to confirm that the system exists. At this point, fans are arguing skill-based matchmaking in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is blatantly obvious.