Dota 2 Introduces Glicko Rating System for Matchmaking

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After the recent update to Dota 2, the Dota_DM channel on Telegram has discovered a new ranking system called Glicko in the game files. Glicko is a rating system used in chess and is also employed in other competitive games like CS:GO and Dota Underlords.

The Glicko rating system in Dota 2 will consider the number of matches played and the variability factor. If a player has taken a long break from the game and returns to play, they will receive more points for a win and lose fewer points for a loss.

The rating amount also depends on the rank of the opponent. If a player competes against an opponent with a higher rank, they will gain more rating points for a win and lose fewer points for a loss. Conversely, if a player loses to an opponent with a lower rank, they will lose more rating points, and if they win, they will gain fewer points.

This new Glicko rating system is expected to improve matchmaking in Dota 2 by matching players based on their skill level and rating, resulting in more competitive and fair matches.

How does Glicko work? Examples

Example 1

Player 1 has a current rating of 2000 and plays a match against Player 2, who has a current rating of 1800. Player 1 wins the match. According to the Glicko system, Player 1 will gain fewer rating points than if they had won against a higher-ranked opponent, but they will still gain some points. Player 2 will lose rating points, but fewer than if they had lost against a lower-ranked opponent.

Example 2

Player 1 has a current rating of 2200 and plays a match against Player 2, who has a current rating of 2400. Player 2 wins the match. According to the Glicko system, Player 1 will lose more rating points than if they had lost against a lower-ranked opponent, while Player 2 will gain fewer rating points than if they had won against a lower-ranked opponent.

Example 3

Player 1 has not played any matches in a month and then plays a match against Player 2, who has a current rating of 1900. Player 1 wins the match. According to the Glicko system, Player 1 will gain more rating points than if they had been playing consistently and won the same match, because their performance was more variable due to the long break. Player 2 will lose rating points, but fewer than if they had lost against a higher-ranked opponent.

If you want to know more about how this system works, you can read our article.

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