Since my Imperial Squad is doing well, and some members are showing interest in the game and improving their bases, I promoted some HQ 6 and HQ 7 to encourage them. The first thing they did was start a war.
Lucky my Prestige, the only one, and the top base, was out of squad on a secret mission, so my two mini HQ 8s were the highest in matchmaking, which lasted about 15 hours, and to surprise, we were combined with another noobs/sandbaggings squad with a HQ 8 and below - and not with a squad of mini 10 or 11 as in the past. We won easily with Takodana, and the rival didn't even try to capture the OP.
Once again with my Prestige out in the current war, with the same team, we were combined with a squad where the top is a HQ 9 sandbagging, plus two HQ 8 sandbaggings, and 1 HQ 7. This time we captured the OPs Tat/Dando/Kit and we did 45 in just 1h.
These newbies really impress me! Hope they stay interested - it's fun to see some saying they haven't even had a chance to attack this time!
The only problem is, I have to keep my Prestige out of the squad, and bring it back for donations only. At least until they understand the war matchmaking criteria, and begin to better select participants. For now, I'm just letting them have fun.
If you are running a noob squad, and you are the only one HQ 10/11, stay out. Or don't put any all-alone 10 or 11 in the matchmaking. Use it only as feeder.
If there are a few HQ 9 or/and HQ 8, choose the ones with the lowest BS to not being matched with HQ 11 or 10. Better if your top HQ 9 or HQ 8 is a mini base.
SWC Windows survivor.
Imperial HQ 11 & Rebel HQ 11 on vacation.