The TL;DR version of the thread is the question - How does the match-up system really work after the strength of a stream was, allegedly, removed as a factor?
Whenever I close in on WS there are some decisions to be made in terms of match-making:
You can either control the slider to left, and make sure that you match up with someone close to your own rating, or you can let it slide as far as you want, and hope that you match up with someone of a significantly lower rating.
From a mathematical perspective it would make sense to let the slider go far to the right as it should be far likelier that you match up vs. someone with a lesser rating (there are after all a lot more lower ranked players). Although I don't know for sure how selective people in the 500s-700s really are with their match-making. I know that many WS guys simply refuse to play on HoF if they can avoid it.
What I have noticed when looking for matches with streamers is that you might both be in the appropriate match-up-range without ever actually ending up matching with each other. So clearly there are some obstacles with matching up. It could be the distance between the players, the strength of each team, individual records etc.
With respect to the above, I essentially have two questions:
Do we know what are the factors that prevent two players from matching up with each other?
In your experience, are you likelier to match up with higher or lower ranked players if you let the slider go all the way to the right or does it seem to balance out?