The most precious commodity in Dota 2 is MMR. Casual players judge one another based on it, pro players crave it, and Valve has made it the most important factor when it comes to putting together games through matchmaking. But what is it? How is it determined, and what is the average MMR?
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Ranked Leagues is a game mode introduced in Season 2. It differs from the normal Play Apex game mode in that players are matched with other players of the same or adjacent tier. Ranked matches play the same as the normal Play Apex with the only difference being the matchmaking and the awarding of Ranked Points RP after every match. In Ranked, players are matched with players of the same or similar tier with placement, kills, and assists giving away RP which is used to measure progress to the next tier. A set amount of RP is also deducted for each tier after Bronze. Starting in Season 4 , Ranked Seasons are divided into "splits".
Matchmaking Rating also known as "MMR" is a behind-the-scenes number calculated for each player to match them with players of similar skill. In order for the matchmaker to place similarly skilled players together, it assigns everyone a matchmaking rating that indicates how skilled the system thinks the player is. The players Matchmaking Rating is only used for matchmaking. Your rank is supposed to express your MMR, but it moves faster after wins and losses. The intent behind MMR is to match players by skill.
In multiplayer video games , matchmaking is the process of connecting players together for online play sessions. Playlists are automatically managed streams of online play sessions that players can join and leave at will. A set of predefined rules is used to determine the configuration of each session without the need for human input. Games will normally offer a choice of themed playlists e. Since playlists are handled by servers controlled by the game's developer it is possible for them to be changed over time.