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Topic: Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Require a Phone Number
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 1979
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Which is a move by Valve to combat players will multiple accounts taking part in what's commonly referred to as "smurfing". 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. Generally, unfair stuff all round.

Asking for a phone number in order to make players eligible to take part in Dota 2 ranked play may sound extreme, but it could be the only way to combat this phenomenon. A two week grace period for players to link phone numbers with their Steam Accounts is currently in effect.

This announcement comes as part of a larger update to matchmaking, which you can read all about here. One of the cool new features is the introduction of proper Solo Queuing whereby players will only be matched up against and with other Solo Players. Very cool.
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jack
Posts: 2
Location: Perth, Western Australia

If people understand the logic behind this features, trust me Dota 2 will lead itself to a next level. Much appreciable effort.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 38889
Location: USA

At first I was like WTF? But now it makes sense. I stopped playing ranked because losses are so much more frustrating and it's just too easy to blame smurfing for making rankings weird.
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