I’ve seen a few threads over in the steam forums about this problem, and I posted this over there as well, but figured I’d mention it here too to hopefully get it some more attention.
The issue applies to various countries, but most notably Canada. In Canada, our options of opponents are very limited - as we can only play other Canadians or the odd American that sets their country filter to all.
The easiest solution (that would also benefit people playing in the same country) would be to sort by ping. The country filter could even possibly taken off completely - when searching for a ranked match, just show players with the best ping #s. The country that someone is in doesn’t matter, distance and ping matters. I am much closer to many Americans than I am other Canadians. Not to mention everyone knows the red/yellow/green bars mean almost nothing, a player with yellow bars sometimes has a much better connection than someone with green bars - display the ping would be much more beneficial, let alone the ability to sort by it.
I’d imagine this is a big problem in European countries too, with so many smaller countries side-by-side.
Anyways, that is my take on it - something along those lines would make for a great solution. Please feel free to chip in if you have other/similar relevant ideas for this problem!