In a rare moments when i have free time to play the game I catch myself thinking 'why don't i go ladder right now?'
And in 70% cases inner voice says: "Wait, what if you got 20x20 map? Do you really want to sweaty macro play for the next 30-50 mins?
And then i just go to testing or other less stressful activity
So, to the point:
Why dont we let players choose map size in ladder?
Just let to choose 5x5, 10x10, 20x20 or any combination of these
and calc rating separetely for each map size
What we gonna get?
Incresed ladder online: its easier to go ladder on your favorite map size
Less time to found a match Just result of prev. For a high-rated players it's quite difficult to found a ladder match, and this'll help them (just pick all the categories, not one)
More fun Just because some people adores 5x5, some hates. Now every player will be more happy
What we gonna lose?
- Simple one-for-all-maps rating After ladder dividing we will got even more rating numbers (one for each map size). May be that looks not very nice (and will make rating system more complicated), but in fact this doesn't create any discomfort in the game for the players
Actually, i don't see other disadvantages
Well, may be after this change we'll must increase ladder map pool, but that doesn't seem like a serious problem
So, what do you think?