This is an actual issue. I experience this every single PvP game. After paying attention for a while and tracking the numbers, I am fairly sure that it is based on how many characters that you have unlocked.
I play a good amount of games with my brother. We both play on PS4 in the same room with our tv’s next to each other. I had already unlocked every character by the time my brother was rank 18 or so. That was when I noticed that I always, and I mean always, got to select my character after him. We were on the same connection, so I couldn’t figure it out. I main Marquis (and I’m trying to master Rath and Alani right now), and I’d routinely get beat out for Marquis by someone who was a much lower rank than me. It was frustrating. Then I noticed something. As my brother ranked up, the difference between how long he had to wait for his character select and how long I had to wait was narrowing. My brother is now rank 39 or 40, and it takes him the same amount of time before the character select panel shows up as it takes me. This was my major evidence that the number of characters unlocked affects it.
This was basically confirmed for me today with the release of Alani. I’ve played a couple PvE matches with her and I really enjoy her character. However, I have only been able to play her in PvP once. Why? I routinely have a few teammates that are lower ranked than me. And not just lower ranked, but below rank 40. And who is the fastest to select Alani each game? The lowest or second lowest ranked person on the team. It’s generally the same for the opposing team too. Start paying attention to it, you’ll likely see the same result. The people that generally get to play Alani each match are the ones that haven’t unlocked as many characters.
I find this system to be very frustrating. Why am I getting punished for having played more? As a loyal fan of the game who bought the digital deluxe version and has put in almost 70 hours of in game play time, and one who would gladly pay for micro-transactions if they existed in the game just so I could support the developers, I should not be getting punished for playing the game more or getting it earlier than others. We should all have the same time to select characters, that way it can be varied more (and I could “outspeed” someone to the Alani select if I hustle).
I apologize for the rant. I just find it frustrating that I am unable to select Alani. I can only use her in story because the game allows more than one of the same character in PvE. Please give me an actual opportunity to select Alani.
EDIT: I just noticed that this is in the XB1 support section. I found the topic by searching, so I didn’t pay attention to that. As I said, I play on PS4, so this isn’t just an XB1 issue. Can this be moved to the general support area?