Dota Auto Chess: Rank system and distribution - April 2019

Dota Auto Chess: Rank system and distribution - April 2019

The rank system in Dota Auto Chess is composed of six main ranks: the MMR range goes from 0 to 3,400. The first 4 ranks are split into 9 sub-ranks.

Data and API

The developers have not shared yet precise info on the rank distribution in Dota Auto Chess, but through an API it is possible to find out all the rank names and the MMR range required for each one.

The following data has been displayed on a few public forums. I have not used the API personally, and I suggest to not utilize it: even if it is accessible by anyone who knows the IP, it is still something hosted on a remote server that belongs to the devs. I believe they might obscure or protect it in the coming days or weeks.

In the update released on February 2nd, they explained that they are trying to “prevent different kinds of hackers from attacking”, so openly explaining how to access their API and servers would be detrimental to their efforts.

Hopefully, in the future they will provide us players with a legitimate public API to gather info on the matchmaking.

I will update this article in the following months if we will have more news on anything related to the Auto Chess rank distribution.

Season 0 - Mystery

April 2019

Drodo Studio announced that each Auto Chess season will have a duration of two months.

  • The inaugural season 0 “Mystery” lasted from January 1st to April 30th.

  • The upcoming season 1 “Cancer” will take place from May 1st to June 30th.

At the end of each season, all the players will be rewarded with a candy prize depending on their placement. It is still not clear if they will consider the highest achieved rank or the current one when the season ends, but - IMO - looking at the patch notes on the test server, it is safe to assume that they may use the former.

Season 0 prizes

  • Queen: 320 candies and a BlingBling Crown

  • King: 320 candies

  • Rook: 160 candies

  • Bishop: 80 candies

  • Knight: 40 candies

  • Pawn: 20 candies

Queen hard cap

There is still no official information on the matter, but about a day after the season announcement, the number of Queen player has been hard capped to 10k globally. The remaining players have been deranked to King.

I believe it might be a move to limit the number of players who will receive the Queen reward.

March 2019

Dota Auto Chess rank distribution March 2019

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Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Pawn 1 0.03% Knight 5 8.39% Bishop 9 0.07%
Pawn 2 0.13% Knight 6 7.26% Rook 1 0.11%
Pawn 3 0.43% Knight 7 5.78% Rook 2 0.05%
Pawn 4 0.98% Knight 8 4.24% Rook 3 0.04%
Pawn 5 1.72% Knight 9 2.86% Rook 4 0.03%
Pawn 6 2.61% Bishop 1 2.17% Rook 5 0.02%
Pawn 7 3.70% Bishop 2 1.21% Rook 6 0.02%
Pawn 8 4.96% Bishop 3 0.71% Rook 7 0.01%
Pawn 9 6.31% Bishop 4 0.41% Rook 8 0.01%
Knight 1 7.58% Bishop 5 0.27% Rook 9 0.01%
Knight 2 8.62% Bishop 6 0.18% King 0.010%
Knight 3 9.13% Bishop 7 0.13% Queen 0.043%
Knight 4 9.05% Bishop 8 0.09%

This rank distribution is based on around 3 million players who have played at least one game since February. The data considers all regions and servers, and it has been shared by the Chinese website YD.

A summary of the data

The player base in Dota Auto Chess is well-distributed if we consider this game is only a mod.

  • Knight 4 is the average rank, and it goes from the 45 to the 54 percentile. I believe most of the players are ranked at Knight also because of the current matchmaking system, which is totally randomized.

  • Reaching Bishop in pubs is possible, but going past Bishop 3-4 is extremely hard via the standard matchmaking. You should take part in private lobbies to increase your rank and train your skills.

  • The elite is placed at Rook and above as these ranks contain just 0.355% of the entire population.

I know that the devs have basically no control on the matchmaking due to how the Dota 2 mods work, but I hope that a future collaboration between them and Valve may improve the current system.

Distribution:

  • Pawn: 20.28%

  • Knight: 62.93%

  • Bishop: 5.246%

  • Rook: 0.302%

  • King: 0.010%

  • Queen: 0.043%

  • Unknown: 10.60%

February 2019

# Rank MMR # Rank MMR # Rank MMR
1 Pawn 1 0 - 499 14 Knight 5 1460 - 1539 27 Bishop 9 2500 - 2579
2 Pawn 2 500 - 579 15 Knight 6 1540 - 1619 28 Rook 1 2580 - 2659
3 Pawn 3 580 - 659 16 Knight 7 1620 - 1699 29 Rook 2 2660 - 2739
4 Pawn 4 660 - 739 17 Knight 8 1700 - 1779 30 Rook 3 2740 - 2819
5 Pawn 5 740 - 819 18 Knight 9 1780 - 1859 31 Rook 4 2820 - 2899
6 Pawn 6 820 - 899 19 Bishop 1 1860 - 1939 32 Rook 5 2900 - 2979
7 Pawn 7 900 - 979 20 Bishop 2 1940 - 2019 33 Rook 6 2980 - 3059
8 Pawn 8 980 - 1059 21 Bishop 3 2020 - 2099 34 Rook 7 3060 - 3139
9 Pawn 9 1060 - 1139 22 Bishop 4 2100 - 2179 35 Rook 8 3140 - 3219
10 Knight 1 1140 - 1219 23 Bishop 5 2180 - 2259 36 Rook 9 3220 - 3299
11 Knight 2 1220 - 1299 24 Bishop 6 2260 - 2339 37 King 3300 - 3379
12 Knight 3 1300 - 1379 25 Bishop 7 2340 - 2419 38 Queen 3380 - 3400
13 Knight 4 1380 - 1459 26 Bishop 8 2420 - 2499

The rank system

In Auto Chess there are six main ranks: Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, King, and Queen. We do not have exact info on the player base distribution, but from personal experience I believe most of the players are placed at Knight and probably in the lower area of Bishop.

In order to achieve a better rank it is necessary to fight at least equally strong players, but the automatic matchmaking is very limited, so you will find mostly Knights in your games. For this reason, many Bishops tend to organize private lobbies.

  • The first 4 ranks are divided into 9 sub-ranks, and each one is indicated in the API with a certain level, for a total of 38.

  • The MMR section in the table shows the MMR range needed to acquire a specific rank.

  • I don’t know if there are already King and Queen players in the game, but 3,400 is the maximum numerical score attainable at the moment.

How to check your MMR

The previously mentioned API also provides info on your personal account. Using your steam ID number you can check several data such as the number of candies and matches played, the ID of your last match and the server where it took place, your level, and the MMR score.

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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.