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Dota 2 is going through multiple big ban waves and some matchmaking changes

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Valve are trying to clean up the Dota 2 community and make matchmaking better, with some big changes being done.

First up, let's talk a little about the recent major ban waves. Valve said they have removed players from Dota 2 with "exceptionally low behavior scores" and they will continue to do so regularly, which is good and very much needed to keep the online community healthy. They have also done a second ban wave for anyone who has been "detected of violating the Steam Service Agreement that prevents the purchase or sale of Steam accounts"—ouch. A third wave happened, to remove players who've been using "exploits to gain an advantage over other players" and they will be adjusting how they detect such things over the coming weeks.

Not only that, bans will also now block the phone number associated with the account permanently, so people will have to setup a new phone making it more difficult for nuisance players to come right back. Linking directly with that, Valve said they closed a hole that allowed "a large number of users to play ranked without a unique phone number attached" to help against smurf accounts. On top of all that again, to gain access to Ranked play you need to have 100 hours logged in the game.

Amusingly the bans are listed as being until January, 2038. They are permanent though, it's likely just the way Valve are storing the dates has the "Year 2038 problem". They probably need to adjust their database to support a different time storage method.

As for matchmaking, they continue to tweak the new Role systems in place. Part of that is ensuring that the games are actually balanced. They're going to be putting a larger emphasis on making sure that the roles are more symmetric based on player ranking rather than just spreading the rank across each time and making it match up.

There's a new reporting option included too, as some players were not playing properly as the Role they queued up for so Valve said they're going to be a little more "aggressive in punishing players who abuse the system".

There's more to it, see the full blog post here.

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scaine Sep 20, 2019
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As they probably intended, my introduction to DOTA Underlords has rekindled an interest to play a little more DOTA 2. Now that they're trying to clear up the community, I might dip back into it a little.

It's still incredibly overwhelming though. Not just the character selection, but the item purchases throughout, and the tactics that you're meant to simply understand. Couple all that with the "last hit" mechanic and the whole thing becomes a bit daunting.

By comparison, Underlords is practically a kids game.
lejimster Sep 20, 2019
Ive never tried Dota even though it looks like a game I might like. Its nice to see Valve dealing with cheaters though, its one thing that has plagued all the popular online titles since the beginning.
chr Sep 20, 2019
I've always wanted to switch to Dota2 from League of Legends since the former supports Linux (a lot). The main barrier was always that all the details of gameplay are non-transferable. Many of the mechanics might be the same, but individual heroes and metagame is vastly different. The solution for me was to just stopped playing LoL altogether. (I did play it via PoL and Lutris for a while).
minkiu Sep 20, 2019
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I've been playing Dota on and of for the past months, and I enjoyed the role queue addition , although I would love to see some adjustments to it.

I like playing most roles (except safe lane hard carry, I am not a good hard carry), so I tick Mid, Offlane, Support and Hard support.

It would be cool if it took in account previous matches for those of us who don't mind flexing, I don't think anyone enjoy 3+ matches in the same role unless of course they only queue on that, I feel sorry for the "Safe Lane" only queue times haha, and rest assured of that if you have "Hard Support" or "Support" ticked, thats what you are gonna play.

I guess the only real solution is to only queue for the one you want, but I like being randomly assigned a role.
14 Sep 20, 2019
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I'm happy to hear about banning the griefers. That's why I always quit Dota 2. I get the notion to play, play like every day for a few weeks or a month, and then I get to a breaking point where I don't want to deal with jerks anymore. They're not in every game, but it doesn't matter. If you have a terrible experience 1/5 games, it can still be bad enough to avoid.

I'm currently playing WoW Classic too much, but I look forward to trying out Dota 2 again sometime.

EDIT: I would sure hate to get a new mobile phone # and in turn be banned from Dota 2!

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chr Sep 21, 2019
Quoting: devnullThey need to do this with their other games too, even TF2 became a shitshow. Reporting players doesn't do anything, hell half the time then end up rejoining anyway. After 10k+ hours, I gave up when it got to the point of not even attaching demos to reports seemed to matter. VAC and/or Valve simply don't give a damn when it comes to this.

One possibility is that if you can't automate it reliably, then giving a damn costs just too damn much.
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