having teams implies camaraderie and being a part of something. honestly coming from the point of view of a person that was in the situation you are trying to fix not too long ago i think the best way to go about it is to add a thread where people can just post that they want a teammate and problem solved
i dont really understand actually. there may be an empire with 30+ reqs but if that seems overwelming for the new user then they go to a empire with lower reqs or none at all. i mean i joined like a week ago and never once did i feel daunted edit: thats why its in "teammate finder"