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Dota 2 Matchmaking 20-Year Ban: Explained

Posted 19th September 2019 By: Derpina    316 Views

Dota 2 Matchmaking 20-Year Ban: Explained - Tipify

Esports News – After Valve announced the implementation of the new Dota 2 matchmaking system, the developers elaborated on how the ban wave system works. Surprisingly, many players started complaining that their accounts received a 20-year ban due to multiple reports.

These bans target players trying to access the game’s ranked matchmaking mode within the Dota 2 client. Although Valve explained the reason for strict banning, some have yet to understand the implemented 20-year long ban outside the recent update.

Technicalities behind the ban

There are major changes implemented into the new Dota 2 matchmaking update. Valve’s main intention is to prevent booster or smurf accounts from infiltrating the game.

“The first ban wave is to players with exceptionally low behavior scores…We will continue to do regular ban waves for users who fall into this small percentage of the community. Users that reach this low level of behavior in the game are too big of a tax on the rest of the community and are not wanted,” Valve confirmed in a post.

Specifically, the main rules are as follows:

-Players with extremely low behavior scores
-Breaking Steam’s ToS regarding the buying and selling of accounts
-Players detected using exploits to gain an advantage over other players

It’s worth noting that the 20-year ban is just the limit provided by Dota 2 servers in terms of numbers. If worse comes to worst, there will be lifetime bans and blacklisting for one account with a unique phone number.

Those players with 20 years to lifetime bans reportedly have extremely low behavior scores, but there’s no pattern to prove if these are recent or repeat offenders. The maximum score an offender can get is 10,000. Regardless, the current algorithm-based system of the Dota 2 matchmaking will determine the offenders.

If a player reaches the maximum behavior scare, he’ll be moved to the low priority matchmaking queue to play with and against other players with the same score. The extra level after that is where Valve moves all ‘toxic’ players⁠—including, cheaters, boosters, and smurfs. All those who broke the game’s terms and conditions and exceeds the lowest behavior score will receive the 20-year or lifetime ban.


Written by Derpina