Chapter 1: End of an Era.
Ah, surprise surprise, who would have expected a completely new revamp of the matchmaking feature? As you guys probably know, there’s a new matchmaking feature now and it’s based on the Ranked Roles feature. However, that’s not all.
Accompanying it is the introduction of “Core MMR” and “Support MMR”. That means there’s no more solo and party MMR anymore. As the supports are having the best time of their games, it definitely didn’t went as anyone have expected.
Chapter 2: Report “Did Not Play Selected Role”.
The first sign of trouble already revealed itself when players are queueing into the game and only to find out that their Hard Support player, is a Medusa. Good job, Valve. As you can see, players are still picking carry heroes despite being assigned as a support role.
The worse part of this is that after the game, you can’t report the griefer as “Did not play selected role”, here’s why. So, what happened was that all the roles are selected by default. So as expected from DOTA2 players, they don’t read and just went ahead to search a game, not knowing that they will get assigned as a support.
But because he didn’t pick any specific role, the option to report him for not playing selected role is not available.
Chapter 3: In-game Friends.
Finally, you can play with your immortal friends and earn solo MMR. Technically, there’s no party MMR anymore, so it’s free-for-all. However, there’s definitely a concern here. Boosters in China have always abused the ranked role feature before this, by finding a match in a less occupied server like Japan or India, to be matched together despite being solo MMR.
So, now these boosters can freely do this “legally” because it’s actually encouraged. Is that good news or bad one? Also, does this mean that I can ask my 10K MMR friend to boost me from Herald to Immortal? That sounds like a good idea.
Chapter 4: Time Required.
Now, let’s give the benefit of the doubt to our community. Maybe everyone just didn’t know how to use the new matchmaking feature yet. Hopefully, after this week, we don’t see any complaint posts on Reddit about how their teammate didn’t play the role he selected. Or Valve can add a notification to inform players instead of slipping the update into the game without anyone knowing.
Even if this doesn’t work, Valve would have added the report feature for this too and all we need to do is to report every one of them until we get a disciplined community. That said, what do you think of the new matchmaking feature? Tell us your experience trying it out! Stay tuned.