I have it set to “near”. I play from Europe, and twice today it has matched me with people in the US. I had 150-300 ping, which I am not used to play on.
After getting downed once from a phantom hit, I had to leave the game politely as this is not enjoyable for me or for the other players.
The thing is, when leaving a game in such a way, or when being disconnected, or when being kicked, you lose all the pilgrim coins you had saved.
I know it is not that big of a deal as it’s a 40-120 coins loss, but in the early run those coins are appreciated, and I feel robbed when I come back to the keep with 0 for something that is not really my fault.