Dota 2's Ranked Calibration Explained

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The new ranked season now lets players rank according to their preferred roles.
The new ranked season now lets players rank according to their preferred roles. Valve

The ranked season is here once again and Dota 2 players are in for a lot of grinding. Since Valve introduced the ranking system, players are expected to get used to recalibrating their ranking every few months.

Ranking can be really stressful, especially for those who are still in the lower tier aiming to bump up their MMRs. If you have not recalibrated yet, then make sure to have fun and do the best you can. Of course, you might still have a lot of questions on your mind, so let’s get started.

MMR – How Much You Can Gain and Lose

When you recalibrate, your will not see your MMR until you are able to complete at least 10 matches. Valve has been mum about how the formula works, but the MMR you gain and lose in each match is said to be multiplied by three.

But since the MMR average now sits at 25, each of your wins or losses will be amplified to 75. So, in theory, you can easily get to 750 MMR if you win all 10 matches.

Does Your Personal Stats Affect Your MMR Gain?

Unfortunately, it does not work that way. The good thing is that Valve is working on making its smurf detection system better. In the past, the ranked calibration of a new account would take personal stats into account. For instance, if your hero deals high amounts of damage or healing, you would be able to see a significant increase in MMR. However, Valve found out that this method could be heavily abused.

In other words, it does not matter whether you play good or bad in the match. You will still get the same amount of MMR as the rest of your allies.

What About the New Ranked Roles?

In case you have not noticed, the matchmaking system now allows you to rank in roles. Meaning, you can rank depending on the role you want, i.e. support, core, offlaner, midlaner, etc. Apparently, Valve is still experimenting with the new system. It could be changed in the future depending on how it will influence the competitive aspect of Dota 2.

While the new ranked season differs in a lot of aspects, you do not have to take it seriously. Remember that MMR is nothing but a number. Sure, it can be stressful to grind and end up losing. At the end the day, Dota 2 is meant to be enjoyed. GLHF!

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