Dota 2’s New Matchmaking System

On Nov. 22, Dota 2’s matchmaking system was completely transformed by Icefrog. By adding medals on top of the MMR, and also MMR seasons that get reseted every 6 months, the matchmaking is now comparable to CS:GO’s or League of Legends.

“Entering the season,” read an official press release, “all players will be able to earn a new Rank Medal on their profile that represents their highest performance level for the current season. A Seasonal Rank Medal never decreases in rank once you’ve achieved it. Initial calibration games will be seeded roughly based on your previous skill.”

While this change may be confusing or aggravating to some players, there really is nowhere to go but up.

Reddit users naturally uncovered some information about the MMR needed to reach a certain medal.

Since players’ ranks will be displayed on their profile and broadcasted on the leaderboard system, it’s more important than ever to achieve these Medals.

“Your performance in both party and solo games is considered when evaluating your skill and determining when your medal gets upgraded,” it was explained, “with solo games having a bigger impact. In order for players to achieve either the Ancient or Divine medals [the highest rank], only solo game performance is considered.”

You have to play a total of 10 calibration games, then you get your medal right after the 10th one. After you calibrate your medal, you can also check your MMR in your Dota 2 profile → Stats → upper right corner where your calibrated MMR is shown, which is visible only to you.

Despite the newly changed system, the Liquid boys are still on top. Unaffected. Take a look: 


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