Anecdotally, I think it is mostly console players struggling to connect to the servers. Sometimes I do lose connection (has happened twice), but I was able to rejoin the match. Definitely makes doing placements a real struggle because so many of them don’t end up counting. I’ve been playing a lot, so I’ve long since passed the 10 matches required, and have earned the achievement for 10 Fleet Battles wins with either side. I think I just hit 50 matches played, with exactly 50% win-rate, so hey I guess the matchmaker is doing its job? Or it’s all just random (honestly, at this stage, more likely) and 50 matches is enough of a sample size to hit an even distribution.
I’m currently Maverick 2 (I won a 4v5 and was awarded over 150 skill rating for that match alone), though I have seen other players have a bugged skill rating and are stuck on 0 for some reason, despite winning a ton. I have also seen players get a stack underflow on their rating, going into the negatives, and then being awarded with a “congratulations, you are a galactic ace” screen. So, this game has a bunch of problems. I’m still having a ton of fun even when I’m playing a 2 or 3 vs 5 match, which makes all the disconnect issues easier to take. Of course, I’m not the one constantly disconnecting, so that helps.
Also, definitely a fan of flying high above the plane of the capital ships for the early skirmish! I think on maps like Esseles, I need to figure out the layout of that space station and use it more often for approaches and escapes. My favourite map at the moment is Sissubo, which I guess is the most generic “space with debris” map.