Armageddon wrote:It is not minutes. The other poster said 2-3 SECONDS. The system gives up on automatch after a few seconds. Click the link I posted above and read the post.
I don't need to read his post, I know how ranked works..
Here's how it works: the longer the timer goes, the lower an opponent you can get. For example, if I'm a MajG, I need to wait roughly 10 minutes to be matched against a private (650 elo difference). But this is one-sided; if I've waited 10 minutes I'll get the first person to queue as soon as they queue, and if a private has been waiting 10 minutes and I queue I'll get them immediately.
Believe it or not, a ranked game usually starts every 2-3 minutes, so it's hard to get matched vs a private from 2100 elo even if you're intentionally trying to. Anyway, to avoid getting lowrank opponents, highrank people usually reset their search every 2-3 minutes. You can still get matched if the other guy is clueless and letting his timer go high, but that's usually obvious: it's been one person in queue for 10 minutes with no increase in ongoing games? Chances are you'll get that person as soon as you queue.
Automating this process for people who don't want elo variance would be useful but people can and do get the same effect manually already.