The developers have updated the matchmaking formula, updating the rating offset for groups so that it’s much larger than before. As a result, it will now take longer for a pre-made group to be paired against groups made up of solo-queue players. However, this update does not negate pre-made vs solo-queue group combat.
In addition, Season 2 cosmetic gear will no longer be rating gated. The new system will allow players to earn Gladiator’s Marks after completing a weekly quest that requires them to win Arena matches, Battlegrounds, or Warplot matches.
The update also brought several quality of life changes and fixes, as well as class changes — all of which can be seen on the WildStar forums.