Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Soon Require A Phone Number

Isaac Cain
April 21, 2017

Which is sad, because that was pretty much free points.

Valve will most likely release another blog post about this new change to the game. Let's go over them quickly. Starting on May 4th, only accounts that have a valid phone number attached to them will be able to play ranked in Dota 2. Bit of a pain in the arse for those like me who don't actually use a mobile phone, though.

Players now have two weeks to get their phone numbers registered to their Dota 2 accounts. You can add a new number if you change sim, but the old phone number will have to wait three months before being registered again.

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In addition to phone number linking, Valve is bringing back solo queue along with an option to only match against other players that are queuing alone. The first and foremost is to stop players from abusing from different accounts. "Effectively, these players will search for a match as if their MMR were halfway between the Solo and Party MMR values". In the past some solo players would occasionally be placed in matches with teams to speed up the matchmaking process, but now players can choose to opt out of these games.

Tweaks have also been made to the way undesirable behaviour is dealt with in matchmaking. At the same time, this is expected to cut down on a term that DotA players call "Smurfing" or essentially high skilled DotA 2 Players going to low ranked games via lower MMR (Matchmaking Rating) accounts to essentially help boost their friends, try new combinations or simply win otherwise easy games. These bans apparently start out with a threshold of just a few hours, while repeat offenders might find themselves locked out of Ranked for four days. Finally for cleaning up the mean streets of matchmaking, Valve have added detection for botting, and perma-banned a load of bot accounts. A ranked in between their solo rank and the party MMR will be calculated by the system to assign similar opposite teams to play against. If you're a casual Unranked player, you probably don't have much to think about except that intentional feeding will be punished more harshly and your solo MMR may impact your party MMR. Having more players using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and Unranked Matchmaking.

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