Yesterday, players over at RU were up in arms about the fact that their Tier 8 Preferential Matchmaking tanks were seeing Tier X battles in Recon Mission – so much so, that Wargaming has suspended Recon Mission until further notice. The game mode was already live for RU and EU and was taken offline when the ceasefire started, but the morning ceasefire hadn’t ended for NA, meaning they didn’t get to play it at all.
It appears someone at Wargaming didn’t know their own game (shocker), when they were alerted to this problem:
On July 5, we launched the experimental Recon Mission mode, which was created to give you the opportunity to play on pre-release prototypes of game locations and choose, in your opinion, the most successful of them.
Unfortunately, when working on the matchmaker for this mode, we didn’t take into account premium Tier VIII vehicles with preferential matchmaking, and these tanks are sent into battles with Tier X vehicles. The release of Recon Mission with the current matchmaker was a wrong decision and did not match your expectations. We apologize that the mode was launched in its current format without considering such an important aspect of the game, as well as for the lack of communication with you at its launch.
With this in mind, we have to discontinue the first Stage and take a break to make the necessary adjustments to the matchmaker, as well as conduct an additional mode check to rule out possible additional issues. The mode will be disabled according to the prime time schedule and you will have the opportunity to play in it today. In the future, the Recon Mission will be relaunched as soon as the necessary changes are made. Your game progress will be saved.
Stay tuned, Recon Mission will return after we improve it!
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I’m hoping the map rotation will also be looked at. Of the 22 games of Recon Mission I played yesterday, >40% were on Airshipyard and <23% were on Outpost. Far East was ~36%. Others on Reddit have had it worse.
You can see a full list of Preferential Matchmaking tanks here: Premium tanks with limited MM (worldoftanks.eu)