The Real-Time Ladder automatically creates games with players currently logged into the ladder. That's why you should leave the ladder when you leave WarLight and are not able to play, as otherwise the ladder may create a game, which you will be booted from. The good news is that if you get booted in the real-time ladder game, you will be automatically logged out of the ladder.
He will not be the first, nor last person to mistake RT-Ladder here! Many people have previous experience in other online Board/Turn type of games. Standard is that when one Clicks Join to Real-Time/Online-Time/Match-Connect/Find-Opponent etc.. He expects to be matched with 1-player and that´s all until he clicks it again or declines before anything gets started!
- The wiki states indeed that The Real-Time Ladder automatically creates games with players currently logged into the ladder. ... You will be proposed one game at a time.