Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Require a Phone Number

Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Require a Phone Number

Valve has announced a number of major changes to Dota 2's matchmaking, most notably an all-new feature that would require players to link their phone number to their Steam account in order to play ranked matchmaking.

You'll need to this soon, too. Up until May 4 you can still play without registering a phone number, but after that it'll be mandatory.

Minor fixes first, most of which you've probably noticed on Reddit lately because that's apparently the Dota 2 support forum. How do you feel about registering your phone number? This is to prevent using the same number on multiple accounts.

Valve says that "online services that provide phone numbers are not allowed", so potential workarounds to create a new "valid" number shouldn't work. Instead of focusing on improving or buffing heroes the team has focused on matchmaking, solo queue and regional changes to offer a much enjoyable experience.

The update also adjusts a player's matchmaking rating (MMR) when queuing in a party if the player's solo MMR is higher, added stricter punishments for players who intentionally ruin matches, and has issued permanent bans for "a large number" of bot accounts.

Tweaks have also been made to the way undesirable behaviour is dealt with in matchmaking.

Ideally, the move would ensure that a single person can only have a single Dota 2 account, so highly skilled players couldn't pretend to be novices in a ranked match. These bans apparently start out with a threshold of just a few hours, while repeat offenders might find themselves locked out of Ranked for four days.

As with every other update, it brings a lot of changes to Dota 2. Players in a team with a higher MMR than their group will be assigned with equally good players. If you're a casual Unranked player, you probably don't have much to think about except that intentional feeding will be punished more harshly and your solo MMR may impact your party MMR. A MOBA staple seen in a variety of free-to-play titles where secondary and third accounts are treated in a less serious fashion than someone's primary, or utilised in a way to boost lower level friends to higher ranked tiers.

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