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Call of Duty: Cold War YouTubers are trying to crack the code of its matchmaking

Call of Duty: Cold War YouTubers are trying to crack the code of its matchmaking

Since launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War’s skill-based matchmaking system has remained a mystery. Where most competitive shooters estimate a player’s skill level with a visible ELO rating number, CoD games have traditionally hidden those details in the background. To hopefully shed some light on how Cold War determines skill, a group of Call of Duty YouTubers, led by TheXclusiveAce, ran a small experiment and shared their findings in the video above.

The results? While certainly not definitive with a small sample size, Ace’s data suggests that Cold War (and other CoD games by extension) doesn’t determine skill in the way FPS players are accustomed to. Across the 90 matches examined by Ace from nine accounts of varying skill, he observed a trend that suggests players are matched based on their kill-death ratio from recent matches. The data is consistent with a similar experiment Ace ran last year in Modern Warfare, suggesting the two games may share methods.

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