Just want to throw up some musings based on my experiences with PVP pre and post Winter Update.
Remember, please, that I always roll 5 deep and don’t solo queue anymore, so my observations are somewhat skewed.
Pre a Winter Update:
No Bots Battle (people who got frustrated with the skill level of regular PVP had nothing to fall back on)
LOTS more lower level players out and about, from a wide array of ranges 1-105 (this gave me real good as it seemed like there were always new players joint and staying to level up and improve)
6 or 7 out of every 10 matches seemed like it would be against much lower level people. Bad for them and also bad for us as we wanted a proper challenge (most times anyway LOL)
Post Winter Update
Bots battle allows people a buffer zone from regular PVP
The majority of matches now are against very skilled and competitive players
People who had been at 105 are coming back to get to 150 and / or get their favourite characters up to 20
Matches against lower leveled players are rare and, when you find them, they are commonly EITHER very good for their Command Rank or a couple low levels get thrown in with 3 105 pluses and end up being the downfall for their team
Will non not PVP become more welcoming to soloers and less skilled players after a lot of the people who came back just to get to 150 leave?
WILL those people leave?
Thanks in advance.