Valve announced the new Dota 2 ranked season, explaining in detail all the changes, how your new medal will be calculated, and what influences the rank.
The second Dota 2 ranked season will start on June 6-7th, depending on your time zone.
- The old season’s medal will be displayed in your profile.
- You will have to go through the usual ten calibration games.
- The new medal will be determined based on your performance and on your old rank.
- Once you reach a medal, you can’t lose it for all the current season.
How your performance and MMR are calculated
Jeff Hill, software Developer at Valve, made clear how performance is measured.
This is great news! In the past years, many players exploited the calibration games buying multiple wards, or inflicting as much damage as possible to enemies spamming abilities such as Zeus’ ultimate - all in the hope for a better rank. Now, only victories matter.
Valve also added a progress bar in the profile to show your advancement towards the next star or rank, which is visible only to you. The number of stars also diminished as they now go from 1 to 5, instead of 0 to 5.
There is also a new tier to celebrate the best players in the world that reached the regional leaderboards: Immortal. The immortal rank doesn’t have stars, but indicates your position on the leaderboard.
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