Valve Unveils Experimental Changes For Dota 2 Matchmaking
Posted 18th September 2019 By: Derpina    159 Views
Esports News – Valve has been updating multiple game modes and features after The International 9, includeing a tease on new changes for matchmaking. The developer prepares for the next season of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). This week alone, Valve released the complete list of changes on the new season’s ranked matches. We can expect the updates to reflect on the game over the next two days.
It came to Valve’s attention that matches with misaligned roles affect the game quality, causing some games to become volatile. They used the different ranks of each player from two opposing teams as an example: “An example of this is when the mid player for one team has the highest rank on their team, and the mid player on the other team has the lowest rank.”
For the update, Valve is changing its priorities. Roles will now be more symmetric than rank spreads. Players’ roles from each team on the arena will be the biggest deciding factor before each match begins.
Draft role report
The Draft Role update features a new function on the drafting system. From this point forward, there will be a role report function when teams draft their champions and players minutes before the game begins. For players and teams who will abuse the Draft Role system, Valve promised to penalize them when caught.
Core and support ranks
Valve wants players to have authentic ranks that represent their overall skills, especially those who are in core and support ranks: “Some baseline Dota skills and knowledge are shared between the Support and Core roles. So having the two numbers be entirely separated didn’t seem like a good idea to us.”
The developers tirelessly seek more opportunities to find the best balance for all ranks. In the meantime, they will update the MMR based on the percentage of the game’s gains and losses.
One of the biggest updates so far is Valve’s action towards the increasing number of Smurf accounts. All factors that can help new players make a new Dota 2 account will be updated, including the phone number verification, Ranked access, and the MMR. Valve will put more effort into detecting smurfing and boosting behaviors to achieve their goals: “This will hopefully allow us to put detected accounts into an aggressive recalibration, resulting in a much quicker adjustment to an accurate MMR while reducing the number of games that are ruined in the process.”