Today’s Dota 2 update is focused on making Ranked Matchmaking better
New changes to Dota 2’s MMR system has just arrived yo.
Valve has long been under fire from its own Dota 2 community for its supposed trivial way of handling the game’s Ranked Matchmaking queues, as well as how it “fails” to significantly punish in-game griefers and toxic players.
These problems however, are about to say goodbye, or at least a significant chunk of them, as a new update to Dota 2’s Ranked Matchmaking system aims to resolve these issues in one go.
First off, to enter the Ranked Matchmaking queue, players would need to have a legit and verified phone number attached to their accounts to help prevent abusers who use multiple dummy accounts to simultaneously enter the queue, be part of a game, and just “feed” MMR points. This may also, in turn, have players take advantage of the Steam Guard system to also add an extra layer of overall security to their Steam accounts, especially if you have high-value items in your Steam inventory.
Additionally, Valve updates the Solo MMR Queue to have the option for players to also be matched with players that are also exclusively queuing solo as to prevent the potential disadvantage of having to play against a team with a 4-man party stack, an issue in which many have been complaining for a long time.
And in what is perhaps the loveliest update of all, Dota 2’s toxicity detection system also received an update wherein it will supposedly be more aggressive in detecting grievers, courier feeders, intentional feeders, and even bot users, and expanding the Low Priority punishment system to include both Number of Games that need to be won and the length of time that players need to stay in the Low Priority Queue.
Together with these new changes, Valve issues a 2-week window for players to add mobile numbers to their Steam accounts for those who don’t will not be able to join Ranked MMR queues starting on May 4th. You can check out all the guidelines on how to add phone numbers to your Steam Accounts using this guide from Steam, and also keep in mind that you would also have to wait for 3-months should you wish to change your registered phone number.
While the reception is largely positive in this new Dota 2 update, it is still too early to say if this would hopefully assess all the major issues in the once most problematic aspect of the game that is Ranked Matchmaking, as for now, let’s just enjoy the pleasant fact that if anyone tries as much as to act like a douche in game, we can all collectively say “Welcome to MMR hell”.