Instead of the old battlegroups, all players are part of one North American battlegroup for battlegrounds. (There are 4 subgroups for running random dungeons.) This change was announced a few months ago and should have a net positive effect for most players.
- If you were on the weaker (less populated) side of a battlegroup, you’re going to be paired with more people to be able to fill out BGs.
- If you’re on the more populated side of a battlegroup, your queues should pop quicker.
- If you’ve frozen your experience gain, it should no longer matter if you’re in a destination battlegroup – twinking in all brackets is theoretically viable again.
- Faction domination of a given BG/bracket will likely become very difficult, if not impossible.
For those of us who enjoyed instant queues before, I hope this doesn’t delay them. I’m sure there will be glitches over the next few days as they iron out a lot of the infrastructure issues, and hopefully Blizzard will shed some more light on the matching algorithms.
But in the meantime, we’re all in it together now. Play nice out there.
Let me know how things are going in the comments!