Gear up, pubstompers! The New Ranked Season is here

Dota 2 Muhammad “TheHague” Ammar

With immediate effect following today's update, the Ranked Medals of all players will be reset and each player will have to go through ten ranked calibration games to regain a new Ranked Medal.

As announced by Valve in the November 2017 update which reformed ranked matchmaking and introduced a new system of Ranked Medals, the first six-month ranked season has now come to an end. Today's update will signal the start of the second Ranked Season, hence resetting the previous medals of all players and giving fans a shot at redemption by re-calibrating their medal in a series of ten ranked calibration games to a new medal. As promised by Valve, this "will allow for a substantial change in rank based on your performance during calibration, seeded by your previous rank"

In other news, the Ranked Matchmaking system itself has also undergone a few adjustments. As signaled by fans all over the world, a much welcome change is signified by the ability of a player to now track his progress to the next star of his ranked medal. Additionally, the stars of Ranked Medals will now be numbered from one to five, whereas previously the stars for each respective Medal were from zero to five. The update also includes glad tidings for Dota veterans, for whom the exclusive rank of 'Immortal' will be reserved which will feature their ranking on the leaderboard instead of stars. 

As always, there is always much speculation about the calibration system and how new ranks will be calculated. In the past, there have been many gimmicks with players spamming Oracle's Purifying Flames for high hero healing and Zeus' Thundergod's Wrath for high hero damage in attempts to maximize their rank. However, the Valve employee in charge of the programming for the new re-calibration system has himself been generous enough to let players know (via a Reddit comment) what factors will be taken into account for rank calibration in the new system, dismissing all rumors which say otherwise.

source: Dota 2 official blog


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Muhammad “TheHague” Ammar
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  • Shinoa "ShinoaHiragi" Hiragi ,
    Wait wait wait........ so, you must win to get high medal ? WTF, you know this is dota right ? people play so greedy that make the team lose, how to win if the team is RETARDED ???!!!
  • James "Yared" A ,
    I feel for those poor 1V9 souls losing despite consistently showing an exceptional performance!
  • Reinaldo "RRDito" Martin ,
    I wonder who thought that was a good idea? The toxicity is gonna be above the roof, youll see. I know there was some kind of system abuse in the previous way of calibration, but im sure there were better ways to fix that. Win or Lose, thats no calibration, calibration was supposed to give you a medal based in your performance. At least it worked for me, I calibrated in what seems to be my correct skill level, as Ive been since winning 50% of the games, people I play with rarely suck more than I do and I have only climbed when I start to play better. So, isnt that what they were aiming for. The system was fine, they only had to address the spamming gimmicks, not change the system as a whole. Now I see calibration as a chance to go down if I happen to find retards in 10 games. I hope it ends up doing nothing
  • Shinoa "ShinoaHiragi" Hiragi ,
    time to play 10 Games > get Retarded team 10 times > Lose 10 times > Congrats, your Medal is Herald now. what a shiitty system
  • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
    Somehow, i feel like the above mentioned "retards" are the one who rushed to post in this article. How come so many other people manage to rank above herald without even breaking a sweat? Toxicity and retardness are exactly the assets i bet you're bringing to the game and this is from someone who's salty as f*ck (me, obviously) and who reached Ancient 3 after a 6 months break from this God damned game.
    • Reinaldo "RRDito" Martin ,
      Man, I know what you mean, trust me Im not toxic at all. Im not toxic cause since I began playing Ive been around people of my level , which is not very high but I recognize that is my level. But now the system doesnt work anymore. Is a matter of luck. My first calibration game was very very even, like the best game Ive ever play, even if I lost, it was a true example of an even matchmaking. But because of the new system that means that as I lost, now Ill have to play with people considerably lower than me. Im talking about the second game, and I was already paired with guardian, I never have even seen a guardian before. And I can tell you, my team had three peoples trying to win and other two wandering around, like they dont even care. How is that supposed to be a good matchmaking. I dont wanna be the guy who thinks his team sucks and I have to carry four retards or that kind of stuff. I like playing support, but this was a whole new thing. I wasnt toxic because I know that doesnt solve anything, but for the first time since Ive been playing, I wanted to. I just stopped playing ranked and started playing ability draft, and trust me, everyone I know is just as disappointed as me By the way, someone I know drop from divine to herald, does that seems logical to you?
  • Eban "NaveAlacsim" Misukaru ,
    lol how can someone drop from divine to herald when youre already seeded as divine. meaning if you win 5x and lose 5x your rank will be the same as last season and the lowest you can get is an ancient. dont exagerate youre losing even more credibility than what youre already losing now.


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