There is always a lot of talk about 5 stacks in QM, and whether or not they are fairly matched. So out of curiosity and in an effort to generate some evidence, I uploaded all of my QM games from yesterday into Heroes Profile, as it tracks parties as part of its stats. I normally play in a group from 3-5 people (I guess I have a lot of friends), but we mostly just play what we want, and while we try for balanced comps, we rarely go for cheese comps or super meta heroes.
Here are the quick snapshots from each, and which hero I played.
So, a few things to note:
5 stacks very rarely get matched against 5 randoms. The smallest group I faced yesterday was a 2 stack and 3 randoms. This was at an odd hour (about 10 am PST), so it is likely there were fewer parties queuing.
5 stacks do not always win. I freely admit I did have a good run yesterday, but there were times we were a 4+1 and beat a 5 stack, or lost as a 5 stack. It absolutely helps, you know you won’t have flamers/feeders/afkers, but it isn’t a free win.
I play too much HotS.