Bashiok explains PvP matchmaking

Posted by Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev at 11 July 2012 00:34
Community manager Bashiok came out with a small post today in response to the topic if Diablo's PvP will be "pay to win". According to Blizzard, Diablo's PvP matchmaking will not be unlike that of StarCraft 2.

The blue post sheds more light on how enemies will be found for each player and that will not only depend on gear but on variety of factors.

Bashiok Wrote:
More specifically, [Matchmaking is] based off of your win/loss record. It’s not dissimilar from the matchmaker found in StarCraft II, which is based off of the Elo system used for Chess championships. Your win/loss and who they were against determines a ‘skill rating’, which is used to match up against other players of a similar rating. The intent is to get an even/fair match. Regardless of any individual factors like build, gear, or player ability, you’ll find some equilibrium where you’re facing off against players that you’re about as likely to beat as you are to lose. If getting better gear raises your abilities then you’re simply matched against players of a higher rating. Changing builds or just getting better at PvP could have the same effect. But regardless if you move up or down you’re ultimately still netting around a 50/50 win/loss as you’re always matching against similarly rated players.

To close it up, Bashiok stated that many of the PvP details are still "in flux" and not until after the release of Patch 1.0.4 will Blizzard be able to share more information on the PvP.



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